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PetPlan Veterinary Awards winners announced
More than 40,000 nominations were received from veterinary staff and clients.

Awards celebrate outstanding veterinary professionals.
The winners of the 2020 PetPlan veterinary awards have been announced.

Now in its 21st year, the PetPlan awards celebrate outstanding veterinary professionals, including vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and support staff.

This year's event was held virtually, with broadcaster and writer Gyles Brandreth acknowledging the finalists and announcing the deserving winners on Facebook.

Nearly 40,000 nominations were received from colleagues and clients, highlighting the incredible work that goes on in practices every day. The winners and finalists for each category are:

Practice of the Year
Wangford Vet Clinic, Suffolk – Winner

RW Equine Vets, Egmont Farm, Northiam
Cats Whiskers Veterinary Clinic, West Sussex.

Vet Nurse of the Year
Claire Shepherd, Parker And Crowther Ltd, Merseyside – Winner
Rachael Duxbury, PDSA Pet Hospital The Jean Marchig Centre, Liverpool
Samantha Lyons, Goddard Veterinary Group, Surrey.

Vet of the Year
Lindsay Henry, Kessock Equine Vets, Inverness-shire - Winner
Ben Pugh, Byron Veterinary Clinic, Nottinghamshire
Charlotte Hanson, Hanson Animal Doctor LTD, Nottingham.

Practice Manager of the Year

Martin McGovern, Fenaghy Veterinary Clinic, Ballymena – Winner
Andrew Booth, Droitwich Vets4Pets Ltd, Droitwich
Marian Hines, Manor Vet Clinic, Kent.

Practice Support Staff of the Year
Dawn Prime, Wherry Veterinary Group, Suffolk - Winner
Kirsty Bennett, Blacks Vets Ltd, West Midlands
Rebecca Grose, Medivet Impington, Cambridgeshire.

“This year we received over 37,000 nominations and it was great to see so many veterinary colleagues and pet owners coming together online to honour the exceptional work carried out by some of the best veterinary professionals in the countr," said James Barnes, head of sales and partnerships at Petplan.

“We hope everyone enjoyed the event and celebrated in style at home. Now more than ever it’s important to recognise the lengths the veterinary community goes to in looking after our pets and it felt particularly special this year to be able to say thank you to the veterinary profession at this difficult time. I would like to congratulate all of our deserving winners on their brilliant achievement.”


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