Hillier has taken the decision to scale back his commitments to allow him to spend more time with his family. He said: “It has been an enormous pleasure to lead IVC Evidensia and I am proud of what we have achieved.
“I have given this decision a great deal of thought and have discussed this at length with our board, our investors and the senior management team. This felt like the right time to make the change.”
Former CEO of WHSmith, Stephen Clarke, will succeed Hillier and join the business in late April.
Clarke said: “The business is a very exciting one that is performing really well, I really like the team and believe that my experience combined with theirs will enable us to build on the tremendous success the group has already seen.
“I am a passionate pet owner and I strongly believe in the IVC Evidensia values and their commitment to clinical excellence.”
IVC Evidensia now has over 1,400 practices spanning 11 countries.