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9th March 2011

Finalists Announced for the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards

Petplan, the UK's favourite pet insurer, is pleased to announce the finalists for the prestigious 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards, also known as the 'Vet Oscars'. Now in its 12th year, the Petplan Veterinary Awards received its biggest response yet with over 2,800 nominations submitted for exceptional veterinary staff all over the UK.

The finalists for each category are:


Vet of the Year

Charles Bagnall, Orwell Veterinary Group, Ipswich

Alison Laurie, Crown Vets, Highlands

Daniel Parry, Village Vet Garden Suburb, London

Vet Nurse of the Year

Emma Clare, Copthorne Veterinary Clinic, Shropshire

Maria Corcoran, Orwell Veterinary Group, Ipswich

Ingrid Hunt, Cranbrook Veterinary Centre, Devon

Support Staff of the Year

Bev Millward, Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, Milton Keynes

Lauren Hunter, The Ferns Veterinary Practice, Dunkeld

Patty Fraser, Loch Leven Equine Practice, Kinross

Vet Practice of the Year

Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital Ltd, Nottinghamshire

Emersons Green Veterinary Surgery Ltd, Avon

Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre Ltd, Shropshire


Research from Petplan shows that vets are considered to be one of the most trusted professionals, coming second only to doctors. With 11 million British households owning at least one pet and a further 62 per cent of owners being registered to a veterinary practice, Petplan have received some wonderful anecdotes about vets who have gone above and beyond for their patients.

Alison Andrew, Petplan's Marketing Manager, said: "The nominations get bigger and better every year and we're absolutely delighted to announce the finalists for 2011. With 70% of veterinary practices within 3 miles of their patients, veterinary staff are an important part of the community and that's why we feel it important that they have a chance to receive the recognition they deserve. We're looking forward to revealing the winners on 31st of March."

All finalists will be invited to an elegant awards ceremony that will take place on 31st March at the Birmingham Town Hall, where the winners will be announced.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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