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Ross Harris shares stories of working with the vet club through generations. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ethos endures beyond 100 years


With a milestone of 100 years and a model that works “really well”, Anexa Vets is continuing to be a “confidant” to farmers throughout the district.
The incorporated society this month celebrated its centenary, and former chief executive Ross Harris said “a huge congratulations” was in order.
Ross has a family history with what was originally called the Farmers Vet Club, stemming back to 1923.
His grandfather became a member during its first year; his dad followed suit in 1950; Ross himself joined in 1969; his brother Greg joined in the mid-to-late 70s; and his nephew joined in the late 90s and remains a member today.
“It’s been a constant right throughout the Harris family,” Ross said. “It was a real privilege as far as I was concerned to be appointed chief executive in late 2000, given I wasn’t a veterinarian.
“But the Farmers Vet Club as it was originally called, only exists to service its members… and in the veterinary world, especially the large animal world, a veterinarian becomes almost a confidant to the client.”
FVC Veterinary Services merged with Anexa Vets in June, 2015, and Ross congratulated all who had been involved in the club’s history – including elected directors David Firth and Mike Karl, as well as current chief executive Terry Youngman.
“I’m just really happy that something that was put together 100 years ago is still flourishing and is still more than suitable for purpose,” he said.
“Congratulations to Terry Youngman and his staff on the continuation of the ethos of the club.”
Terry told The Profile that, as a collective, Anexa has “worked hard” over the years to provide the best service to its clients.
“We are proud of our strong ties within the community and are focused on offering evidence-based options. We thank all our supporters that have helped us achieve this 100 year milestone and look forward to continuing this legacy well into the future.”