About us

We are proud to be one of a small number of independent insurance brokers in the UK, who have been providing unbiased insurance advice and finance to companies and individuals, since 1981. 

For over 35 years our main focus has been the veterinary sector. Our business is built upon the knowledge and experience we bring to our clients and our commitment to this profession. Unlike other brokers working within the ‘healthcare’ sector we have not diversified into the dental, pharmacy or medical sectors, but have stayed true to our roots. We believe this allows us to define ourselves as a niche broker.

For many years we have assisted veterinary practices to raise capital to expand their business. Whether this is a short term consolidated loan or a more complex and detailed proposition, for example opening a new veterinary practice, or buying into one, the experience, knowledge and expertise of our financial team is amongst the best in the UK. They have successfully raised millions of pounds on behalf of our veterinary clients.

"Keith Dickinson and his team have been great supporters of the veterinary profession for years. I have used them personally and professionally and have found them to be knowledgable and reliable, Their advice has been invaluable to me".


In 2001 Shire expanded with the acquisition of VIA (Veterinary Insurance Agency).

In 2018 we expanded our services and products through the development of VetPerks. The employee benefits sector has grown considerably in the past few years and we were ahead of the curve. By offering a cost effective easy to use health cash plan, in addition to our well established private medical insurance scheme, we are able to create a tailored employee benefit scheme for any veterinary practice. The addition of VetPerks allows employers to meet the health and wellbeing needs of everyone in the team, vets, nurses, practice managers, vet technicians and assistants.

In addition we have many long standing non veterinary clients, who trust us to deliver the insurance products, knowledge and expertise they require to meet the needs of their business.

"I have dealt with Keith Dickinson and his team at Shire Insurance for 25 years and have always been happy with their service. Their knowledge of the veterinary industry is a great advantage in helping us with our day to day insurance problems."


Why us?

Shire is a finance and insurance broker but with a difference. We are one of
the longest standing veterinary only suppliers, with expert knowledge of the sector. We 
invest in people and develop our customer relationships through our quality of service 
and expertise.

We are trusted by our clients to always give them the best advice, services and products 
to meet their needs. Excellent customer service is a priority. Our testimonials from 
clients reflect this. Our aim is to uphold the principals that have been in place since the 

Our clients have in the main approached Shire through our network of supporters, partners and stakeholders. We actively support the work of the profession through attendance at their conferences and boot camps, contribute to focus groups and discussions and support the work of the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Vetlife.

Shire Finance Team

Our values

Excellent customer service




Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you. Here's how you can reach us.


Shire Insurance Services Limited,

1 Calico Business Park,

Sandy Way, Amington,

Tamworth, Staffordshire.

B77 4BF