CVS Strengthens Small Animal Referrals Presence

CVS (UK) Ltd has strengthened its presence in the small animal veterinary referrals sector with the acquisition of the Dovecote Veterinary Hospital, based in Castle Donington near Derby.

The Dovecote offers a full range of referral services including the latest digital X-ray, MRI and CT scanning capability. Its directors, Andrew Robinson, a European RCVS-recognised specialist in small Animal Surgery, and Alison Robinson have been appointed joint Clinical Directors. 

Dovecote joins ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists in Chester, Norfolk-based Grove Referrals and St David’s Veterinary Group in Devon in CVS’ referral practice portfolio. The Group’s new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, Lumbry Park  Veterinary Specialists is also currently under construction at Alton, Hampshire, and will open in October 2015.

In addition to the Dovecote, CVS has announced the acquisition of further first opinion practices based in Yorkshire and Wales. They are:

    • Crooks Vets:  A small animal practice with a main site in Rotherham and a branch surgery in Hackenthorpe, near Sheffield
    • Marlborough Road Veterinary Clinics:  A small animal practice with a main site in Cardiff and two branch surgeries in the city
    • Petherton Vets:  A small animal practice with a main site in Barry and a branch surgery in Cardiff

Commenting on the acquisitions, Simon Innes, Chief Executive of CVS, said:  “These latest acquisitions show continued progress towards our goal of building a strong presence throughout all sectors of veterinary practice. It is a particularly exciting time for our referral team and we are delighted to welcome the team from Dovecote, as well as the other new practices which have joined us recently.”

CVS UK Ltd is the largest and fastest-growing mixed practice corporate veterinary group in the UK.  Founded in 1999 and run, principally by vets, it employs more than 3,000 staff at its practices and surgeries across the UK and in its related veterinary businesses, including an online pharmacy, three pet crematoriums and five veterinary laboratories.

 Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff and to invest in their clinical skills, knowledge and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS’  guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company  works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.