Large Animal Practice Acquisitions for CVS

CVS (UK) Ltd has announced the acquisition of two primarily large animal practices and a further four small animal practices, bringing its portfolio of UK practices to 102, operating from 259 sites.Larwood & Kennedy, acquired by CVS in November 2013, is a single site, mixed practice based in Dereham, Norfolk.   The practice employs four veterinary surgeons and three nurses.  It also runs its own out of hours service.

Larwood & Kennedy Veterinary

Larwood & Kennedy, one of the acquired practices


Coopers Vets, also acquired in November 2013, is a single site practice based in Hastings.  Principal Paul Cooper, a former President and Board member of the European Dental Society, is joining CVS as Clinical Director.

Oaklands, acquired in December 2013, is primarily an equine practice but also carries out some small animal work.   Based in Yarm, near Middlesborough, the single site practice employs seven veterinary surgeons and eight nurses. Owner and vet, Graham Russ, is joining CVS as Clinical Director.

3 Mile Veterinary Centre, acquired in April 2014, moved to state of the art premises in Cardonald on the South side of Glasgow in 2006.  It employs four veterinary surgeons with Principal, Kate MacNeill, joining CVS as Clinical Director.

Ashfield Vets – Yorkshire-based Ashfield Vets, acquired April 2014, is a three site small animal practice with branches at Halifax, Meltham and Wibsey.  It employs five veterinary surgeons.

Simon Innes, Chief Executive of CVS, comments:   ”While we are often thought of as a small animal business, we operate a growing number of large animal practices across the country and see this as an important growth area.  We are also delighted to welcome Paul Cooper of Coopers Vets, one of the UK’s leading veterinary dental specialists, to CVS. 

We wish all of the practices every success within the CVS Group.”

CVS UK Ltd is the largest and fastest-growing corporate veterinary group in the UK.  Founded in 1999, it employs more than 2,700 staff at its veterinary 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 works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.