Veterinary group VetPartners held its inaugural awards ceremony to honour the success and hard work of its practices and team members.

The company, which was established in November 2015, has more than 50 veterinary practices, with 2,000 employees working across 200 sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

Teams were invited to nominate colleagues in eight categories, with winners revealed at the ceremony in York, along with a special award chosen by directors.

Best Friends Veterinary Group, which has its headquarters in Peterborough and 28 other surgeries across the south-east and midlands, was named Practice of the Year.

It employs 41 vets and 47 VNs, as well as reception and admin staff, and joined VetPartners in November 2016.

VetPartners chief executive Jo Malone said: “Best Friends Veterinary Group was chosen because of its commitment to change and the huge drive for improvement in so many areas.

“They wholeheartedly embraced our culture. The collaboration within the practice, and also of VetPartners, is great, so they are deserved winners.”

Lisa Flood, a clinical director at Chantry Vets in Wakefield, was named Vet of the Year.

Described as “Wonder Woman” by practice colleagues, she developed her orthopaedic skills during three years at Chantry Vets and is pursuing a certificate in diagnostic imaging.

Eastfield Veterinary Clinic in North Thoresby near Grimsby received a special award in recognition of its commitment to clients, patients, colleagues and the practice itself during a period of transition.

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