Experts in herbal pet care

As we look back over the years, one thing is certain – we couldn’t have made it here without all your amazing support. So first up we want to thank you and your pets for trusting (and loving) Dorwest.

We are proud that after 75 years Dorwest is still family owned and run, enabling us to continue the values and passion upon which the business was built.

It is incredible to think over seven decades ago my grandparents Murray & Dorothy Ellis were pulling together their initial ideas for a business. Their passion for both herbs and health planted the seeds to create Dorwest and the development of those unique herbal formulations, some of which we still use today.

In some ways, it could be thought quite radical in that era of Britain to be creating herbal treatments and supplements, but of course the knowledge of the benefits of plants for health conditions is actually the basis of all modern medicine. It wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s when Dorwest really came into its own and starting specialising in the veterinary market. This injection of energy, knowledge and passion came from my parents Mary & Tony Boughton. They transformed Dorwest Herbs and grew it into the company we all know and love today.

It is clear to see how important ethics and honesty were to my grandfather at the very beginning and I am proud those threads of honesty, quality and trust still run through the core of everything we do. From ingredient sourcing right through to our customer service, it is this which I believe has ensured Dorwest has stood the test of time.

It’s these 75 years that have given us the experience to provide and develop the highest quality and standard herbal products for your pets. We have lots planned to celebrate, so watch this space!



Murray & Dorothy Ellis founded Dorwest Herbs and sadly a few years later Dorothy died leaving Murray to run and develop the business alone whilst raising their two children James & Mary. He grew plants and seeds and formulated many of the products we still produce today. By the late 1960’s Mary had come back to assist Murray with the business following a period of ill health.

1948; Murray Ellis founder of Dorwest Herbs
1958; Bulletin no 31. on Bladderwrack, one of the many bulletins in the Dorwest archive on specific ingredients
1957; A very early poster for Dorwest, when it was still known as Dorwest Herb Farm
1960; Archive product labels for Kelp Seaweed Tablets and Garlic Tablets, two products we still product today!


In the late 60’s Mary met her future husband Tony, and a few years later they decided to combine their passions for both herbs and dogs. By specialising this way and entering new markets they created the Dorwest we all recognise today.

1975; Mary & tony win most original and attractive trade stand at the Bristol Show
1968; Mary Musy on the trade strand at the Harrogate Show in Yorkshire
1976; Queen Elizabeth II visits the Dorwest stand at the South of England Agricultural Show
1986; Tony at the Midland Counties Championship Dog Show

THE 1970’s – 1980’s

During this period Tony ensured that Dorwest became a front runner in the Show Dog scene, 1973 marks the first Dorwest trade stand at Crufts (Then held at Olympia, London) and soon attending every championship dog show in UK’. Mary ran the mail-order and administrative part of the business and also worked on the legislation. It was in the early 70’s that our Medicine Licences were issued by the VMD after many years of hard work!

1989; Tony on the trade stand at Crufts, whilst it was being held at Earls Court, London
1973; Crufts Best In Show winner was Alansmere Aquarius, owned by John Evans and Alan Hall who were proud Dorwest customers and this marks the first year exhibiting at the show.
1984; Leaflet on Mixed Vegetable Tablets (Now Green Releaf Tablets), ‘Six wonderful herbs in one’

THE 1980’s – 1990’s

This period was a hive of activity, Tony was busy on the show scene with the able help of some others along the way such as Arthur, Clair and Sandy. Followed by Brian & Carmel who went on and ran the trade stand for many years. New products were launched such as Keepers Mix, Valerian Compound and even a Secret Jollop!
An important change during this time was the creation of Dorwest’s own GMP licensed production facility with Heather & Brian Bishop at the helm!

1994; Mary celebrating following the successful launch of Keeper’s Mix and also winning best trade stand at Crufts!
1989; Tony on the trade stand at Crufts, whilst it was being held at Earls Court, London
1995; The creation of Dorwest Production was covered in the Dorset Echo. Photo is of Heather Bishop, who was our Production Operations Manager at the time.
1992; Dorwest at Crufts Dog Show

THE 2000’s

Tony & Mary’s son Roly joined Dorwest just before the new millennium, with daughter Jo joining a few years later. Both helped to support their parents as the business expanded and reached into new markets including veterinary practices, wholesalers and export. Mary was awarded an MBE for her services to business in 2005.

2010; Tony & Mary Boughton with their children Roly & jo who at the time were both working at Dorwest
2003; Launch of Easy Green supplement, perfect for raw diets!
2005; Mary Boughton was honoured to be awarded an MBE for her services to business

2010 – 2018

Such exciting things happened during this period, most notably was the company rebrand which was completed with ultimate respect for our heritage whilst giving us a much needed facelift! Jo was appointed Managing Director in 2011 and Jo’s husband Ben joined in 2015. They now manage and run Dorwest together, ensuring Dorwest remains a family owned and run business. In 2018 The Dorwest Foundation was launched, their commitment to giving back to charity. Dorwest also moved to their new premises in Poundbury, Dorchester.

2017; The family enjoying the Dorset sunshine in their new home in Poundbury, Dorchester
2016; Directors Jo & Ben Boughton-White meet HRH King Charles when he came to view the construction of the new Dorwest premises which are built on Duchy land in Poundbury
2018; The Dorwest Foundation launched to help animals in need and improve the lives of those that require it most.


Dorwest now has an incredibly strong team, committed to ensuring customers and their pets continue to receive the very best products and service. Through this time Dorwest navigated a global pandemic, strengthened their supply and manufacturing chain, and launched some exciting new products (while improving the formula of some firm favourites!). Dorwest also won “Supplier of the Year” in 2021 and in 2022 at the PIF Awards, as well as “Best Multichannel Campaign” at the 2022 Ecommerce Awards.

2023; The Dorwest Team celebrating their 50th year exhibiting at Crufts
2022; Dorwest launched their new advanced joint care, MoveWellia.
2021 & 2022; Dorwest become multi-award winning business.

Here’s to the next 75 years!