The history of Berry Vet Clinic
Berry Veterinary Clinic was started in 1953 when the local farming cooperative funded the immigration of Dr Grigor (George) Borys from Latvia. George was a charismatic, eccentric and well-liked member of the community and for 26 years he worked servicing the needs of this region.
Unlike modern day practice George had very limited resources and was required to compound a lot of his own medicines and drug formulations. According to the local dairy farmers these concoctions worked brilliantly but were often brought to the farm in beer bottles.
George and his family have also left Berry with an endearing and iconic home on Queen Street known as Bel Air Berry, which is now listed on the NSW Register of Significant Architecture (4702267).
On the 29th January 1979, Dr Geoff Manning took over ownership from George and within two years was joined by Dr Geoff Scarlet. For the first few years in partnership together the Geoffs ran the clinic from a converted house in Alexander Street before moving into the current Queen Street building in 1986.
Throughout this time the clinic began to change for a mostly a dairy practice into the mixed practice it still is today. Dr Manning was one of the pioneers of advanced veterinary reproductive technologies in Australia, his specialty was embryo transfer especially in small ruminants and it was this skill that took him all over NSW and overseas on a number of occasions to teach and work abroad.
While Dr Manning was away with his reproduction work, Dr Scarlet lead the diversification of the clinic into caring for dogs, cats and horses which now make up the majority of the clinics case load.
In 2004 fresh out of university Dr Anthony Bennett joined the practice. Within 4 years Anthony brought Dr Scarlet’s half share of the practice when he retired and until 2012 worked in strong partnership with Dr Manning. In 2012 he then went into partnership with Dr James Carroll when Dr Manning retired.
During the Bennett and Carroll partnership the Berry Clinic underwent a major structural renovation, All Creatures Shoalhaven Heads Practice was opened and the clinic grew from a three vet practice to a thriving six vet practice. In 2014 and 2015 two seasons of the highly successful Foxtel lifestyle program ‘Village Vets Australia’ were filmed at the clinic.
In 2018 Dr Bryden Krebs brought Dr Carroll’s half share of the practice, beginning the newest chapter of Berry Vet Clinic’s history.