Corporate veterinary group CVS (UK) Ltd has announced the acquisition of two primarily large animal practices and a further four small animal practices, bringing its portfolio of UK practices to 102, operating from 259 sites.

Founded in 1999, CVS is the largest and fastest-growing corporate vet group in the UK, employing more than 2,700 staff across its range of practices, surgeries and related veterinary businesses. 

Practices acquired in recent months include: 

Larwood & Kennedy (pictured) – a single site, mixed practice in Dereham, Norfolk. The practice employs four veterinary surgeons and three nurses. It also runs its own out of hours service.

Coopers Vets – a single site practice based in Hastings. Principal Paul Cooper, a former president and board member of the European Dental Society, joins CVS as clinical director.

Oaklands – primarily an equine practice, but also carries out some small animal work. Based in Yarm, near Middlesborough, the single site practice employs seven vets and eight VNs. Owner and vet, Graham Russ, is joining CVS as clinical director.

3 Mile Veterinary Centre – acquired in April 2014, 3 Mile Veterinary Centre moved to state of the art premises in Cardonald on the South side of Glasgow in 2006. It employs four veterinary surgeons. Principal Kate MacNeill joins CVS as clinical director.

Ashfield Vetsa three-site small animal practice based in Yorkshire, the practice employs five veterinary surgeons across its branches in Halifax, Meltham and Wibsey.

CVS chief executive Simon Innes said: “While we are often thought of as a small animal business, we operate a growing number of large animal practices across the country and see this as an important growth area. We are also delighted to welcome Paul Cooper of Coopers Vets, one of the UK’s leading veterinary dental specialists, to CVS.

“We wish all of the practices every success within the CVS Group.”

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