Veterinary group CVS has acquired three new small animal and mixed practices, bringing its portfolio to 100 practice groups operating out of 268 sites.

Castle Vets, acquired in June 2014, is a well-established mixed practice in County Durham.

It operates five sites around Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland and has a small equine branch at Lanchester. It employs 37 staff.

West Mount Vets (Aspley), acquired in August of this year, is a small animal practice based in Aspley, Huddersfied.

It joins the existing five West Mount Vets practices based around Huddersfield and Halifax, which are already part of CVS. It employs six.

Riversbrook Veterinary Group was acquired in July 2014 and has two sites in Ipswich, Suffolk. Another long-established practice, it employs 30 staff.

Simon Innes, chief executive of CVS, said: “These latest acquisitions confirm our focus on broadening the range of practices within CVS, both in terms of the type of practice and in terms of geographic spread.

“We are delighted to welcome them to the CVS Group.”

CVS says it is the largest and fastest-growing mixed practice corporate veterinary group in the UK.

Founded in 1999 and run, principally by vets, it employs more than 3,000 staff at its practices and surgeries across the UK and in its related veterinary businesses, including an online pharmacy, three pet crematoriums and five veterinary laboratories.
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