CVS veterinary surgeons and practices setting new standards in patient care, client service and community involvement were acknowledged at the group’s annual awards ceremony.

Held during a gala dinner at CVS’ annual conference, the ceremony was attended by more than 350 staff.

It took place at the Metropole Hotel at the NEC in Birmingham with TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle as keynote speaker and presenter of some of the awards.

Button and Allen (also known as The Veterinary Hospital) in Lowestoft and Gorleston won the coveted practice of the year award The Veterinary Hospital has been established for many years and is the most easterly practice within CVS.

Zak Leavold, regional director, said: “Thanks to the tireless hard work and enthusiasm of everyone in the team, we have shown remarkable reputation and financial growth in recent years.

“We have focused on delivering a gold standard clinical service and client care and have also forged excellent relationships with many local charities.”

Mark Straw, clinical director at Beechwood Veterinary Hospital in Doncaster, was named vet of the year. Since being appointed clinical director in 2009, Mr Straw has steadily increased the range of diagnostic imaging and surgical services available and plans to complement these with the installation of a permanent CT scanner already scheduled for 2015.

“Hearing I’d been nominated was a complete surprise – and winning was an even bigger one” he said.

“I was proud to accept the award as recognition of my commitment to providing the highest possible standard of care to my patients.

“I’m sharing it with my wonderful team because I am grateful for the dedication and professionalism they show every day.”

Tara Ryan from the Anchorage Veterinary Practice in Acle, Norfolk, was vet nurse of the year.

Tim Davies, veterinary director at CVS, said: “Tara has proved instrumental in helping several practices through difficult times in the past few years.

“Not only does she demonstrate excellent clinical skills, but her ability to bond colleagues together into a cohesive team is truly remarkable.”

CVS’ conference offered a congress-style mix of plenary and streamed CPD, including small and large animal clinical sessions and a practice and business management stream, featuring sessions on topics including employment law, well-being and effective communications.
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