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1st April 2011

Winners announced for the 2011 Vet of the Year Awards

Following a nationwide search to find the UK's top veterinary professionals for 2011, Petplan, the UK's favourite pet insurance provider, has announced the winners of the prestigious Veterinary Awards.

The Petplan Veterinary Awards, in association with the Veterinary Times, 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.

Alison Andrew, Petplan's Marketing Manager, says she is thrilled by the ongoing success of the awards. "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, on behalf of all pet owners across the UK, to thank the veterinary profession for the outstanding service they provide to our pets.

"This is the 12th year of the awards and this year we received over 2,800 nominations, a record number for the vet awards, which really highlights the high regard that the profession and pet owners have for these awards."

The winners for each category are:

Vet of the Year

Alison Laurie, Crown Vets – Highlands

What really stood out about Alison, for the independent panel of judges, was her clinical excellence, exceptional ability and compassion towards customers and their pets, all of which were highly praised in her nominations.

Vet Nurse of the Year

Maria Corcoran, Orwell Veterinary Group – Ipswich

Maria’s ability to naturally lead by example was a prominent factor for the judges, as well as her ability to always make pet care and comfort her top priority. She also provides great customer service and high clinical standards.

Vet Support Staff of the Year

Patty Fraser, Loch Leven Equine Practice – Kinross

The independent panel of judges was really impressed by Patty, she is considered to be the ‘hub’ of the practice and constantly makes a strong contribution to the team in many ways. Her ability to organise and multitask whilst offering excellent customer service is outstanding.

Vet Practice of the Year

Emersons Green Veterinary Surgery Ltd – Avon

Emersons Green Veterinary Surgery’s work to continually educate their customers really stood out for the independent panel of judges. The practice works incredibly hard to provide regular newsletters and updates on their Facebook page, which is run by nurses, whilst maintaining a great level of service for their pets and clients. The practice has also been very successful in helping to rehome dogs.

For further information or to watch the videos for each finalist, click here

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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