Partners from both Pets at Home-owned companies have met and mingled for first time since merger at Companion Care’s fifth annual conference.

Employees and partners of both Companion Care and Vets4Pets have met for the first time since Pets at Home bought the veterinary franchise.

The conference was attended by 260 delegates, both partners and support staff.Meeting at Companion Care’s fifth annual conference in Gloucestershire, the two-day event allowed partners at both Pets at Home-owned companies to meet and mingle while enjoying clinical lectures, team management workshops and a black tie dinner.

On the first day of meeting at Cotswold Water Park, delegates enjoyed lectures on backyard poultry, feline geriatric disease and advances in epilepsy, with speakers including Sarah Caney, Jenna Richardson and Robert White Adams. They were also informed about company updates and success stories, finishing the day with an informal dinner and a pub quiz.

Partners from both businesses join Sally Hobson (customer and operations director at Pets at Home and chair of Companion Care, bottom left), Jane Balmain (managing director of Companion Care, bottom middle) and Peter Watson (managing director of Vets4Pets, bottom right).On the second day, a presentation was given about what the new merger with Vets4Pets means for the future of the business, followed by management workshops. The conference closed with a black tie dinner, complete with awards and a raffle, which raised more than £1,770 for Hounds for Heroes.

Jane Balmain, managing director of Companion Care, said: “This year’s event was a great success, with the added bonus of seeing our partners getting the opportunity to meet some of the Vets4Pets partners and support teams. If the conference is anything to go by, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the next few years bring.”

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