A VET from Hagley retires this.weekend after more than 220 dog years (31 human) in the role.
Rod Stroud qualified with a BSC in Zoology and Ecology in South Africa in the 1980s, working with mainly ostriches, sheep, horses, goats and cattle.
He went on to complete a veterinary degree before emigrating to the UK in 1989 where he joined a long-established, independent practice in Bromsgrove called Michael Overton
Veterinary Practice. It was here that he met Alun Edwards who was working as a locum at the time.
In 1996 Rod took ownership of another well-established independent practice in Hagley.
This was quickly followed by the purchase of Overton’s in partnership with Alun who became head of the Bromsgrove one.
The two practices were named Clent Hills Veterinary Group based on the scenic Clent Hills which lie between Bromsgrove and Hagley.
Rod has remained head vet at the Hagley practice for the past 24 years and made his mark through special interests in orthopaedics, advanced dentistry, corrective surgery for BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome) and cases of entropion in dogs – an abnormality of the eyelids.
Rod, now 62, feels the time is right to hang up his white coat and enjoy some time off, having achieved so much.
The Bromsgrove practice moved to a bigger premises in 2003, a third was opened in Rubery in 2017 and a specialist Pet Fitness and Rehab Centre was built in Bromsgrove in 2018.
The Hagley practice will continue with its already established team of young enthusiastic veterinary surgeons and nurses.
Rod said: “Dominic Thompson is just one of our young vets who is already well-known and trusted by our clients.
“I’ve had an incredible journey at Clent Hills Vets and I know I am leaving the practice in safe hands.”
Rod plans to play more golf, spend more time with his family in the UK and his native South Africa and wants to cycle around France.