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At Chess Veterinary Clinic, we aim to make bringing your pet to us a pleasant experience which is why we ensure our services are all up to the highest standards.

To help us do so, we take part in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons practice accreditation scheme. This voluntary scheme assesses practices on every aspect of veterinary care and ensures that we meet their rigorous standards without fail.

Our aim is to exceed your expectations in providing quality care for you and your pets as we guide you in looking after them and keeping them healthy throughout their lives. The health of our patients is our prime concern, and we aim to treat them in a professional, caring, and compassionate manner. We are committed to keeping abreast of the latest developments in modern veterinary practice, to provide high-quality veterinary treatment at sensible prices.

Our History

Chess vets was first established in 1946, by veterinary surgeon - Pat Cousens. The surgery was previous a mixed surgery, caring for small animals and equine patients. Colin Thomas went into a partnership with Pat Cousens in the 1950s, and then in the early 1960s he left the partnership and another vet named Stuart Lake joined. They acquired the branch surgery in Chorleywood and the practice was known as Thomas and Lake for many years.

Starting in 1989, the practice became known as Chess Veterinary Clinic. The practice joined Linnaeus in 2020. Linnaeus is a large community of primary care and referral veterinary practices based in the UK and Ireland. Part of the Mars family of businesses, the group comprises more than 70,000 global MVH associatess and some of the country’s finest specialists, veterinary clinicians and nursing teams in the profession who are committed to excellence. We are very proud to be part of such a team of professionals.

As part of the family-owned Mars Veterinary Health group, Linnaeus is committed to its purpose - A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS - because pets make a better world for us. For more information about Linnaeus, visit

Chess Veterinary Clinic Surgeries

Rickmansworth Surgery 97 Uxbridge Road Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 7DJ
Opening Hours Mon - Fri 8.00am - 8.00pm Sat: 9.00am - 6.00pm Sun & Bank Hols: Closed
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Chorleywood Surgery 1B New Parade Chorleywood Rickmansworth Hertfordshire WD3 5NJ
Opening Hours Mon & Fri 9.00am - 7.00pm Tue - Thur: 9.00am - 5.00pm Sat: 9.00am - 12.30pm Sun & Bank Hols: Closed
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