The UK’s top veterinary professionals gathered in Birmingham last night to celebrate with winners of the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards, nominated by colleagues and clients for the exceptional service they provide.

The UK’s top veterinary professionals gathered in Birmingham last night to celebrate with winners of the 2011 Petplan Veterinary Awards, nominated by colleagues and clients for the exceptional service they provide.
 

Vet of the Year winner Alison Laurie with BVA president Harvey Locke and host Alun Cochrane.This year’s awards, run in association with Veterinary Times, took place at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Birmingham Town Hall and were hosted by stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane.
 
The awards recognise and celebrate staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation’s pets and their owners.
 
Petplan marketing manager Alison Andrew said: “The Petplan Veterinary Awards give us the opportunity, on behalf of all pet owners across the UK, to thank the veterinary profession for the outstanding service they provide to our pets.

“This is the 12th year of the awards and this year we received more than 2,800 nominations, a record number for the vet awards, which really highlights the high regard that the profession and pet owners have for these awards.”
 
The 2011 award winners were:

PETPLAN VET OF THE YEAR 2011

Petplan Vet of the Year 2011: Alison Laurie.Alison Laurie, Crown Vets, Inverness

The judges said: “What really stood out about Alison for the independent panel of judges was her clinical excellence, exceptional ability and compassion towards customers and their pets, all of which were highly praised in her nominations.”

PETPLAN VET NURSE OF THE YEAR 2011

Petplan Vet Nurse of the Year 2011: Maria Corcoran.Maria Corcoran, Orwell Veterinary Group, Ipswich

The judges said: “Maria’s ability to naturally lead by example was a prominent factor for the judges, as well as her ability to always make pet care and comfort her top priority. She also provides great customer service and high clinical standards.”

PETPLAN SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR 2011

Petplan Support Staff of the Year 2011: Patty Fraser.Patty Fraser, Loch Leven Equine Practice, Kinross

The judges said: “The independent panel of judges was really impressed by Patty; she is considered to be the ‘hub’ of the practice and constantly makes a strong contribution to the team in many ways. Her ability to organise and multitask while offering excellent customer service is outstanding.”

PETPLAN VET PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2011

Petplan  Vet Practice of the Year 2011: Emerson's Green Veterinary Surgery, Avon.Emerson’s Green Veterinary Surgery, Bristol, Avon    

The judges said: “Emerson’s Green Veterinary Surgery’s work to continually educate their customers really stood out for the independent panel of judges.

“The practice works incredibly hard to provide regular newsletters and updates on their Facebook page, which is run by nurses, while maintaining a great level of service for their pets and clients. The practice has also been very successful in helping to re-home dogs.”

OTHER AWARDS

Other awards presented on the night include:

  • The VBJ Practice Manager of the Year Award, won by Denise Coston from Castle Vets in Barnard Castle, Co Durham;
  • The Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Award, received by Brian Catchpole, senior lecturer in veterinary immunology at the Royal Veterinary College); and
  • The Petsavers Veterinary Achievement Award, presented to David Sobel of Metropolitan Veterinary Consultants in New Hampshire, US.
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