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4th April 2012

My, what big teeth you have! Lion dentist is finalist for Britain's favourite vet

Petplan's Vet of the Year Awards, a search for the nation's favourite vets, vet nurses and vet practices, will reveal its winners on 12th April. This year the finalists include a lion dentist, zebra saver, duck rescuer and cat slimmer. All finalists were nominated by members of the public and colleagues and then shortlisted by an independent panel of judges; being whittled down to three front runners per category.

One of the contenders for favourite vet practice is Eastcott Vet Clinic and Hospital whose specialist veterinary dentist recently visited Bristol Zoo to perform a root canal on Kamal the lion after he broke his lower canine tooth. Without the treatment Kamal's tooth would have become infected and he would not have been able to eat. Now with a successfully cured toothache, Kamal can be seen back in his rightful place, as the pride of Bristol Zoo.

In the running for Vet of the Year is 71 year old Tony Barnes who's on-duty even on holiday and saved a zebra foal who got stuck in the mud in South Africa. Keeping a watchful eye out for crocodiles and lions he led a rescue attempt to pull the zebra to freedom, which then trotted away into the African landscape, unharmed.

The awards aren't just for vets who save exotic wildlife; Sarah Algar, a vet nurse from Worcester runs a weight watchers clinic for overweight cats. Sarah's largest cat, Teddy, weighed a whopping 11.1kg and is now balancing the scales at the safer weight of 7.5kg. Whilst Lucy Kells, a vet nurse from Leatherhead organised a large-scale man-hunt to catch an injured duck that had visible swelling on his face. After evading capture for months, the duck was finally found and rushed to the clinic where an embedded fishing hook was removed from his head.

Isabella von Mesterhazy, Petplan's Head of Marketing, said: "Now in its 13th year and with over 3,000 nominations from members of the public, the 2012 Vet of the Year Awards recognises the dedication that the veterinary industry puts into providing the nation's pets with the best possible care. With stories like these it's no wonder that a vet is the second most trusted profession in the UK*. It's only right that we celebrate their fantastic work."

For further information visit www.petplan.co.uk/vetawards/

Notes to editors

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