Our Chorleywood Surgery is undergoing an exciting renovation starting Saturday 17 August, and will be closed for two weeks during this time. Learn more here.

waiting areaAt Chess Veterinary Clinic in Chorleywood and Rickmansworth, 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.

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Our History

chess exteriorChess 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 www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk.




It was easy to arrange the appointment and the receptionist was flexible regarding the timing to fit around us.
We have trusted our pets to Chess Vets for 30 years. It’s good to have a reliable surgery in the village.
Making the appointment for the same day was very easy and the receptionist was really friendly when we arrived. The vet was punctual and had a great knowledge of my pet giving me lots of tips and helpful advice as a new owner.
The lovely vet Jess was very calm and understanding of our collie being awkward and anxious. Receptionist Jacqueline also lovely as usual.
From the minute you arrive at Chess the staff couldn’t be more accommodating. All the staff that I came across were professional, caring, understanding and so pleasant. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.
The vets, nurses and reception staff are always super helpful. Very knowledgeable vets and easy to communicate with. Clear guidance given too. Thanks from Eddy and I!
I have always been very pleased with Chess Veterinary Clinic. The friendly reception with a separate section for cats helps your pet and yourself feel more at ease in a stressful situation. The vet was friendly, knowledgeable and explained everything so well that I felt more confident in dealing with my pet’s illness. I feel very lucky to have such a top level veterinary clinic near me and highly recommend it to everyone.
Lola is always so happy to visit the vet surgery and especially the vet team. As many people know a visit to the vets can be stressful for your pet but the Staff at this practice always go above and beyond to make it as stress free, quick and comfortable for my dog everytime.
I had a mini emergency with my dog and got an appointment very quick. The attending vet was very helpful, caring and dealt with us calmly and patiently and managed to sort her out in no time.
I visited the Chorleywood branch for my cats routine vaccination, upon arrival I was warmly greeted and I found the vet (Rosie) that treated my cat to be kind and gentle with my cat and highly personable. Many thanks Chorleywood Chess Vets!

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: Closed Sun & Bank Hols: Closed
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