VetShare has appointed Angela Wilkin to the role of business development manager.
The company offers practices from around the country the opportunity to access discounts from more than 50 suppliers and is experiencing strong growth.
Mrs Wilkin will be working to expand the range of products and services available to member practices, and strengthens the existing management team.
Directors Wayne and Ruth Gray already run their own group of practices and, as vets, have nurtured VetShare to its current stage of development with the interests of members driving decision-making.
Mrs Wilkin has enjoyed a long career with multinational pharmaceutical and pet food companies in sales and marketing roles, and has worked directly with veterinary practices and groups nationwide.
She commented: “I am really looking forward to using that commercial knowledge to benefit VetShare members and in continuing to develop the very positive cooperative relationships VetShare already has with suppliers.”
Director Ruth Gray said she strongly believes the buying group model gives independent veterinary practices the freedom to concentrate on clinical excellence and client care, without worrying about medical bills.
“The veterinary community has been operating in a very competitive environment.
“As vets, we have faced those challenges too and we feel that, by standing together, independent practices will be in much better shape going forwards.
“As members of that community our buying network ethos is quite unique and relationships are paramount.”
Practice managers or owners wishing to discuss free VetShare membership, or join the network, can telephone 0800 756 6636 or email email@example.com