CVS has announced the acquisition of its first two practices in the Netherlands.

The Kliniek voor Gezelschaps Dieren practice based in the central Netherlands.

The purchases are a further step forward in the company’s plans to expand into Europe and follow the launch of its online pharmacy business, Animed Direct, into France during 2016.

Largest corporate group

The two Dutch practices joining CVS are the Kliniek voor Gezelschaps Dieren, a three-site small animal practice based in the central Netherlands, and Dierenziekenhuis Drachten, a single-site small animal practice in the north of the country.

The company, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing corporate practice, says further acquisitions are expected in Europe during 2017, in addition to continued growth in the UK.

Further expansion planned

CVS CEO Simon Innes said: “We see many parallels between small animal practice in the Netherlands and the UK and have been talking to practices in the country about the benefits of joining us for some time. The level of interest has been encouraging and we are delighted to announce the acquisition of these two practices and welcome their teams to the CVS family.

“During 2017, we will continue to explore opportunities to extend our activities into Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and in Ireland.”

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