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Winners announced for Vet of the Year Awards

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The winners of the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards, in association with the Veterinary Times, have been announced!

This year, we received our biggest response yet, with over 2,800 nominations all highlighting the outstanding dedication and level of care veterinary staff do for our pets everyday. Thank you for taking the time to nominate.

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Vet of the Year


Alison Laurie, Crown Vets – Inverness

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.

(L-R) Harvey Locke, BVA President, Alison Laurie, Vet of the Year Winner and Alun Cochrane

The other finalists were:

Charles Bagnall, Orwell Veterinary Group, Ipswich

Danny Parry, Village Vet Garden Suburb, East Finchley


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.

(L-R) Sue Badger, BVNA President, Maria Corcoran, Vet Nurse of the Year Winner and Alun Cochrane

The other finalists were:

Emma Clare, Copthorne Veterinary Clinic, Shrewsbury

Ingrid Hunt, Cranbrook Veterinary Centre, Devon


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.

(L-R) Andrew Ash, President Elect of BSAVA, Patty Fraser, Vet Support Staff Winner and Alun Cochrane

The other finalists were:

Bev Millward, Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, Milton Keynes

Lauren Hunter, The Ferns Veterinary Practice, Dunkeld


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.

(L-R) Peter Jinman, RCVS President, with staff from the Emersons' Green Veterinary Surgery (Vet Practice of the Year Winner) and Alun Cochrane

The other finalists were:

Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital Ltd, Nottinghamshire

Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre Ltd, Shropshire

For further information click here to read the press release