Following a nationwide search to find the UK’s top veterinary professionals for 2012, the winners of the prestigious 13th annual Petplan Veterinary Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony last night (April 12).

Following a nationwide search to find the UK’s top veterinary professionals for 2012, Petplan revealed the winners of the prestigious 13th annual Petplan Veterinary Awards at a glittering awards ceremony on April 12.
 
Winners of the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2012The awards, run in conjunction with Veterinary Times, 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.   

Following more than 3,000 nominations (a record number for the vet awards), the worthy recipients were presented with their awards during a glittering awards ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall, hosted by comedian Seann Walsh.
 
Isabella von Mesterhazy, Petplan’s head of marketing, was thrilled by the ongoing success of the awards.

She said: “Britain is known to be an animal-loving nation and 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.”
 
She added: “We had an outstanding field of finalists and I’d like to congratulate all the winners who thoroughly deserve their title.”
 
The winners for each category are:
Top: [L-R] Zaila Dunbar and Lucy Kells, Middle: staff of Eastcott Veterinary Hospital, bottom [L-R] Sarah Bowler and Mair Bell.
VET OF THE YEAR: Zaila Dunbar
Queens Park Veterinary Clinic, London
What really stood out was Zaila’s brilliant balance of medical knowledge and emotional empathy. Described as an immensely caring and compassionate vet who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
 
VET NURSE OF THE YEAR: Lucy Kells
Wildlife Aid Foundation, Leatherhead
Lucy’s dedication and inspiring manner put her above the other finalists. She is described as leading by example and always striving for improvement. Colleagues have even dubbed her the “Florence Nightingale of the animal world”.
 
VET SUPPORT STAFF OF THE YEAR: Sarah Bowler
Holly House Veterinary Surgery, Knutsford
Sarah’s genuine and sincere attitude towards her job and the dedication shown towards her practice really stood out.
 
VET PRACTICE OF THE YEAR: Eastcott Veterinary Hospital, Swindon
Eastcott’s involvement with the community really impressed the judges, which includes charity fundraising. A recent Team Adventure Challenge raised £10,000 for guide dogs.

THE VBJ PRACTICE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Mair Bell
Priory Veterinary Ltd, Cardigan
Mair’s grasp of the strategic importance of her role made her an instant hit with the judges. She joined a long-established team in a mixed practice and quickly helped the business to expand and prosper.

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