The cream of the veterinary crop gathered last night to celebrate the success of five veterinary colleagues at the 2010 Petplan Veterinary Awards, run in association with Veterinary Times. 

The cream of the veterinary crop gathered last night to celebrate the success of five veterinary colleagues at the 2010 Petplan Veterinary Awards, run in association with Veterinary Times
Petplan winners 2010Dubbed the “Oscars of the Veterinary World”, this year’s awards were hosted by TV comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan and took place at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Birmingham Town Hall.
The awards recognise and applaud 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 she was thrilled by the ongoing success of the awards, and the response received in nominating and supporting the eventual winners.
She said: “This is the 11th year of the awards and we received over 1,800 nominations, which really highlights the high regard that the profession and pet owners have for these awards.”
“Britain is known to be an animal-loving nation and with millions of households owning cats and dogs, pets play a central part in family life. 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 year’s winners were:


Petplan Vet of the Year 2010: Mike HewittMike Hewitt, Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre, Buckinghamshire
Having worked in the profession for over 20 years Mike is highly respected by clients, valued by colleagues and loved by pets. Having received so many heartfelt customer nominations, Mike’s constant professionalism and approachable manner shone through.
He said: “I feel so privileged to be in this situation and to have won such a special award. It’s fantastic to be recognised and I’d like to think that this is not just about me, but for all the great veterinary practistioners across the country. It’s great to receive an award which acknowledges all our hard work but at the end of the day we do it because we love our jobs.”


Petplan Vet Nurse of the Year 2010: Louise WantLouise Want, Feldon Veterinary Centre, Warwickshire
The constant support and care Louise provides to both her colleagues and clients really stood out. She is a great inspiration to all and having worked in the veterinary profession for 30 years, Louise is as passionate and dedicated, as when she first started.
She said: “I’m completely shocked. It’s fabulous to win. I’ve been in the industry for 30 years this year, and it’s such a special way to celebrate it, in fact it may have been the reason why I was nominated. It’s an amazing award, and great to be acknowledged.”


Petplan Vet Receptionist of the Year 2010: Carol DawsonCarol Dawson, Kingsteignton Veterinary Group, Devon
Carol’s compassionate and professional manner really impressed all the judges. Clients instantly feel at ease because of her caring smile and welcoming attitude, while her colleagues find her a great inspiration.
She said: “I’m really shocked to win such an amazing award. This award is incredibly special to me as it proves that we are doing a good job and have a great team. I’m just so thankful, I’m sure our customers will be really pleased.””


Petplan  Vet Practice of the Year 2010: Mill House Veterinary Surgery and  Hospital, NorfolkMill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital, Norfolk    
Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital provides an incredibly high level of service to their clients, and as a collective are extremely dedicated and welcoming. Taking pride in their work they are known by their clients for being efficient, friendly and helpful.
Mill House practice manager Carole Clarke said: “This is such a fantastic award for the entire team. It’s such a significant award because our clients have nominated us for the work we have done. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that our work and passion makes people happier by caring for their pets. 
“It’s also an amazing feeling to know that we have been recognised at such a prestigious awards evening that appreciates everyone in the veterinary industry, from receptionists to vets, it’s fantastic.”


Other awards presented on the night include the VBJ Practice Manager of the Year award (won by Estelle Busby from the Orwell Vet Group in Suffolk), the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific award (given to Prof Stuart WJ Reid) and Petsavers Veterinary Achievement award (presented to Abby Boles).

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