Two veterinary buying groups have joined forces in a bid to use their combined resources and capabilities to compete against larger merged animal health suppliers.

Vetshare directors, William and Ruth Gray.

The venture – which sees London Vet Forum (LVF) pool its resources with VetShare – was prompted by a decision to offer LVF for merger or sale, with the aim of enhancing benefits for its members by attracting the best discounts on pharmaceuticals and other vet practice services.

The new merged group will continue to be known as the VetShare Buying Group.

VetShare and LVF also share some ways of working – members handle their own wholesaler invoice with the wholesaler-practice relationship remaining intact, allowing discounts to be rebated as a separate transaction. This will mean members can continue to do business as before, yet will benefit from being part of the larger group.

Vetshare director Ruth Gray said: “We are very pleased to have been chosen by the LVF directors to take their members into the future. We are the only major buying group without reps on the road and yet are now perhaps the largest buying group in the UK.

“We started VetShare to help our own practice achieve better discounts, with the assumption that if we set up the perfect model for us then it would probably also be perfect for others. Our assumption was right and this merger will mean even better discounts with new and exciting opportunities for existing members of both groups.”

For more information on membership and the merged group, visit or telephone 0800 756 6636.

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