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John Lapish BSc., BVetMed., MRCVS

Founder of Veterinary Instrumentation Ltd.


Over 30 years experience as a veterinary

surgeon with an interest in orthopaedics and trauma. 

In 2003 John was awarded the BSAVA ‘Simon Award’ in recognition of the welfare benefits of the range of instruments he has developed for use in small animal surgery.


Veterinary Instrumentation was founded by John Lapish BSc., BVetMed., MRCVS. in 1986. Working in Sheffield as a small animal orthopaedic surgeon John was frustrated by the lack of appropriate instrumentation for veterinary surgical procedures. Most of the available instruments at that time were simply the smaller variants of products designed for use in human surgery. Living in Sheffield, centre of the UK surgical trades, John was ideally placed to try and develop one or two ideas of his own. So, working with skilled local instrument makers, John began to develop a range of instruments (initially for his own use) designed specifically for veterinary surgery. Requests for these products and suggestions for new items began to trickle in from colleagues and this reinforced the conclusion that a need existed for a specialist instrumentation service to meet the needs of the profession, and small animal orthopaedics in particular. Today the Veterinary Instrumentation range of implants and instruments includes over 4,500 items which are stocked for immediate despatch. Innovation remains a key part of our activity and John works with leading veterinary specialists from all over the world to turn new ideas into practical working instruments. We are always happy to discuss any aspect of instrumentation and can help locate almost any item.


In January 2012 Veterinary Instrumentation was acquired by Henry Schein Inc, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index. Henry Schein is recognised for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices in exactly the same way as Veterinary Instrumentation and this partnership will maintain our high customer service levels as well as increasing the product range and offering even better value to customers.


David Strong BVM&S., MRCVS.
Product Development Manager

A practising surgeon with interests in all aspects of surgery.


David also has extensive CAD and engineering skills to facilitate the development of new instruments and implants.

Veterinary Technical Department




Our products have the professional backup of veterinary and nursing personnel to advise on the selection and use of both instruments and implants.


Our veterinary team undertake continuing professional development to ensure that you receive up to date advice and technical support on all aspects of veterinary surgery.



Administration, Quality Control & Warehouse Team



Our administration and warehouse team are always looking for new ways to improve our service.


If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve our service to you please contact Steve on (0114) 2588530 or



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