The UK’s largest and fastest-growing veterinary group has continued its expansion by taking over three further practices.

Image: ©iStock.com/DenGuy
Image: ©iStock.com/DenGuy

CVS Group has taken over Alnorthumbria, in the north-east of England, and Torbridge Veterinary Hospital and Okeford Veterinary Centre, both in the south-west.

Simon Innes, CVS chief executive, said: “Alnorthumbria is a strong fit with our existing operations, significantly increasing the group’s presence in the north-east and enhancing our large animal and equine business. The acquisition of Torbridge Veterinary Hospital and Okeford Veterinary Centre will boost our presence in the south-west.

“We are delighted to welcome the teams from all three practices to CVS and look forward to a successful partnership.”

Alnorthumbria was founded in 2007 by the merger of Aln Veterinary Group and Northumbria Veterinary Partnership. It operates nine sites across Northumberland – in Amble, Fairmoor (two sites), Rothbury, Seahouses, Alnwick, Wooler, Ashington and Ponteland. It employs 24 vets and has more than 100 staff.

Torbridge Veterinary Hospital employs around 30 staff, including nine vets, in its hospital in Bideford and at branch surgeries in South Molton and Great Torrington, all in Devon. Its clinical director, Bill Slee, has a special interest in imaging using radiography and ultrasound.

Okeford Veterinary Centre employs 18 staff, including six vets, across its two sites in Okehampton and Chagford, Devon.

CVS now owns 115 practices across 310 sites in the UK, as well as laboratories offering diagnostic services, pet crematoria and an e-commerce division.

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