Veterinary Instrumentation was founded by John Lapish BSc., BVetMed., MRCVS. in 1986. Working in Sheffield as a small animal orthopaedic surgeon John was frustrated by the lack of appropriate instrumentation for veterinary surgical procedures. Most of the available instruments at that time were simply the smaller variants of products designed for use in human surgery. Living in Sheffield, centre of the UK surgical trades, John was ideally placed to try and develop one or two ideas of his own. So, working with skilled local instrument makers, John began to develop a range of instruments (initially for his own use) designed specifically for veterinary surgery. Requests for these products and suggestions for new items began to trickle in from colleagues and this reinforced the conclusion that a need existed for a specialist instrumentation service to meet the needs of the profession, and small animal orthopaedics in particular. Today the Veterinary Instrumentation range of implants and instruments includes over 4,500 items which are stocked for immediate despatch. Innovation remains a key part of our activity and John works with leading veterinary specialists from all over the world to turn new ideas into practical working instruments. We are always happy to discuss any aspect of instrumentation and can help locate almost any item.
In January 2012 Veterinary Instrumentation was acquired by Henry Schein Inc, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index. Henry Schein is recognised for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices in exactly the same way as Veterinary Instrumentation and this partnership will maintain our high customer service levels as well as increasing the product range and offering even better value to customers.