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6th April 2009

Winners Revealed for the 2009 Vet Awards

Following a nationwide search to find the UK's top veterinary professionals for 2009 and judged by an independent panel of experts, Petplan is delighted to announce the winners for the prestigious Veterinary Awards.

The Petplan Veterinary Awards, the 'Oscars' of the veterinary world, recognise and applaud staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation's pets, and their owners.

Simon Wheeler, Petplan's Head of Marketing, explains: "Britain is known to be an animal-loving nation and with millions of households owning cats and dogs, pets play a central part in family life. The Petplan Veterinary Awards give us the opportunity to thank the veterinary profession for the outstanding level of care they provide to our animals."

The winners of the 10th annual Petplan Veterinary Awards are:

Vet of the Year

Ben Jones, Ben Jones Veterinary Surgery, Chester, Flintshire

Ben's understanding and compassion for his client's pets impressed the judges. Whilst being extremely knowledgeable, Ben can reassuringly explain the most complicated procedures to clients. Ben continuously goes above and beyond the call of duty, such as establishing a home visit scheme for pensioners and visiting a nursing home when an owner was there as a day patient. This confirms Ben fully deserves the title 'Vet of the Year 2009'.

Vet Nurse of the Year

Karen McQuaid, The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group, Watton, Norfolk

The judges believe Karen is an excellent role model for her team of nurses. Karen was noted for her positive attitude and good humour even under extreme pressure of being head nurse of four different practices. She maintains that her top priority is to always ensure animals are not in distress.

Vet Receptionist of the Year

Yasmin Morowa, Melton Veterinary Surgery, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Yasmin's attention to detail made her stand out as the winner of Vet Receptionist of the Year. Yasmin always checks to see how patients have progressed when she returns from holiday so she can help clients appropriately when they call or visit. Her kind approach makes her highly appreciated by both clients and colleagues.

Vet Practice of the Year

St Clair Veterinary Group, Kirkcaldy, Fife

St Clair Veterinary Group was described as having exceptional customer care and uses every opportunity to educate their clients. The team stood out for their environmental consciousness.

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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