About us


The Anchorage Veterinary Practice dates back to before the war, firstly taken on by an owner based at Ivy House. Then by two other veterinary surgeons, one in 1940 and then another in 1952. The practice was then taken on by recent owner in 1968, who devoted his life to the practice and retired in 2013. The Anchorage is now part of the CVS (UK) Limited.

The Anchorage began as a traditional veterinary practice (based in Acle) with two veterinary surgeons and one veterinary nurse, focusing mainly on large animal and farm work. The Anchorage Veterinary Hospital was built in 1978, due to demand and ownership of small animals in 1980 veterinary surgeon Ian Mcnicoll joined the team. Between 1997 and 1998 the hospital was granted permission to be extended and renovation was also carried out, turning it into the hospital you see today. This not only enabled the business to grow but offer a better service with additional surgical, kennel and isolation facilities.

The Anchorage Veterinary Hospital evolved into a mixed practice, providing optimum care to all creatures great and small. We also have the privilege of being the appointed veterinary hospital and care for the animals at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, one of the country’s leading breeders of Asian animals and other species.


Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens


For over 20 years The Anchorage Veterinary Hospital has been taking care of all species which are seen at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, from crocodiles to gibbons, tigers to snow leopards. The Anchorage Veterinary Hospital team are privileged to be the appointed practice for Thrigby Hall and who are involved with one of the biggest conservation breeding programs in Asian species. After years of dedication to the breeding program, Thrigby Hall have successfully bred their two snow leopards and are proud to announce as of July 2015, they have two young cubs.

Our vet Ian McNicoll regularly visits Thrigby Hall to carry out monthly checks and treat any animal which needs veterinary attention. We also provide emergency cover should a situation present itself.