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13th April 2012

Winners announced for the 2012 Vet of the Year Awards

Following a nationwide search to find the UK's top veterinary professionals for 2012, Petplan, the UK's largest pet insurance provider, has announced the winners of the prestigious Petplan Veterinary Awards.

The awards, often referred to as the 'Oscars' of the veterinary world, recognise and celebrate staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation's pets and their owners.

Isabella von Mesterhazy, Petplan's Head of Marketing, is thrilled by the ongoing success of the awards, she said: "Britain is known to be an animal-loving nation and pets play a central part in family life. The Petplan Veterinary Awards give us the opportunity, on behalf of all pet owners across the UK, to thank the veterinary profession for the outstanding service they provide."

She added: "This was the 13th year of the awards and we received over 3,000 nominations, a record number for the vet awards, which really highlights the high regard that the profession and pet owners have for these awards. We had an outstanding field of finalists and I'd like to congratulate all the winners who thoroughly deserve their title."

Petplan award winners

The winners for each category are:

Vet of the Year

Zaila Dunbar, Queens Park Veterinary Clinic – London

What really stood out was Zaila's brilliant balance of medical knowledge and emotional empathy. She was described as an immensely caring and compassionate vet who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Vet Nurse of the Year

Lucy Kells, Wildlife Aid Foundation – Leatherhead

Lucy's dedication and inspiring manner put her above the other finalists. She is described as leading by example and always striving for improvement. Some of her colleagues have even dubbed her the 'Florence Nightingale of the animal world.'

Vet Support Staff of the Year

Sarah Bowler, Holly House Veterinary Surgery – Knutsford

Sarah's genuine and sincere attitude towards her job and the dedication shown towards her practice really stood out for this year's independent panel of judges.

Vet Practice of the Year

Eastcott Veterinary Hospital – Swindon

Eastcott's involvement with the community really impressed the judges, which includes charity fund raising. The veterinary hospital recently organised a Team Adventure Challenge raising £10,000 for guide dogs.

Veterinary Practice Manager of the Year

Mair Bell - Priory Veterinary Ltd - Cardigan

Mair's grasp of the strategic importance of her role made her an instant hit with the judges. She joined a long-established team in a mixed practice and quickly helped the business to expand and prosper.

For further information please visit www.petplan.co.uk

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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