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Winners announced for the 2010 Vet Awards


Petplan, the UK’s largest pet insurance provider, is delighted to announce the winners for the prestigious 2010 Petplan Veterinary Awards, which took place at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Birmingham Town Hall.

With over 1,800 nominations from customers and colleagues, the Petplan Veterinary Awards acknowledge staff and practices throughout the country that have gone beyond the call of duty to help care for the nation’s pets. The awards are also an opportunity for Petplan to thank the veterinary profession as a whole for the outstanding dedication and level of care they provide to animals.

Alison Andrew, Petplan’s Marketing Manager was thrilled by the success of the awards, “This year we celebrated the 11th anniversary of the Veterinary Awards which are an opportunity to recognise the tireless and outstanding work of veterinary staff. It’s been another fantastic year for the awards, there was such a high calibre nominations and it was topped off by a glittering awards ceremony. We would like to say congratulations to the winners and also thank you to the finalists and all those that were nominated.”

Videos of all the finalists can be viewed now on the Petplan web page.

Petplan's Veterinary Award winners
Petplan's Veterinary Award winners all pictured together
at the end of another successful awards night: (from left to right)
David and Carole Clarke from Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital
- Vet Practice of the Year;
Carol Dawson - Vet Receptionist of the Year;
Louise Want - Vet Nurse of the Year and Mike Hewitt - Vet of the Year.

Vet Nurse of the Year

Louise Want wins Vet Nurse Award

Louise Want
Louise Want (middle) receives Petplan’s Vet Nurse of the Year award from
President of the British Veterinary Nurse Association, Donna Lewis
and compere Alistair McGowan.

Louise Want from The Feldon Veterinary Centre, Warwickshire, was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Vet Nurse of the Year 2010’ at the Petplan Veterinary Awards - the Oscars of the veterinary profession.

Louise managed to gain the winning edge over her competitors by being an excellent role model for her team of nurses, and through the constant support that she provides to her colleagues and clients. The independent panel of judges also found Louise to be a great inspiration to all and having worked in the veterinary profession for 30 years, she is as passionate and dedicated, as when she first started.

“I’m completely shocked! It’s fabulous to win, I’ve been in the industry for 30 years this year and it’s such a special way to celebrate it. In fact it may have been the reason why I was nominated. It’s an amazing award, and great to be acknowledged.”

Alison Andrew, Petplan’s Marketing Manager, said she was thrilled by the number and quality of nominations they received for this category and that Louise was a very deserving winner.

Vet of the Year

Mike Hewitt is voted Vet of the Year at the Vet Oscars

Mike Hewitt
Mike Hewitt (middle) receives Petplan’s Vet of the Year award from
Vice President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association,
Grant Petrie and compere Alistair McGowan.

Mike Hewitt, of the Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre in Buckinghamshire, was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Vet of the Year 2010’ .

Mike is held in the highest regard by clients and colleagues having worked in the profession for over 20 years and the independent panel of judges were bowled over by the praise in his nominations. Crucially, Mike is loved by clients and their pets, receiving a large number of heartfelt testimonies from happy clients which allowed his professionalism and approachable manner shine through.

“I feel so privileged to be in this situation and to have won such a special award,” said Mike “It’s fantastic to be recognised and I’d like to think that this is not just about me, but for all the great veterinary practitioners across the country. It’s great to receive an award which acknowledges all our hard work but at the end of the day we do it because we love our jobs.”

Vet Receptionist of the Year

Carol Dawson wins Receptionist Award


Carol Dawson (middle) receives Petplan’s Vet Receptionist of the Year award from
President of the Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons,
Ian Richardson and compere Alistair McGowan.

Carol Dawson from Kingsteighnton Veterinary Group in Devon was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Vet Receptionist of the Year 2010’ at the Petplan Veterinary Awards - the Oscars of the veterinary profession.

Carol’s compassionate and professional manner really impressed the panel of independent judges, and beat off fierce competition to win this accolade. The judges highlighted that clients instantly feel at ease because of Carol’s caring smile and welcoming attitude, while her colleagues find her a great inspiration, a winning combination to crown ‘Carol Vet Receptionist of the Year 2010’.

“I’m really shocked to win such an amazing award,” said Carol, “This award is incredibly special to me as it proves that we are doing a good job and have a great team. I’m just so thankful, I’m sure our customers will be really pleased.”

Alison Andrew, Petplan’s Marketing Manager, explains: “The Petplan Veterinary Awards are about thanking the Veterinary profession for the outstanding level of care they provide to our animals. Carol Dawson, like many vet receptionists, provides an exceptional service to clients and their pets, being the all-important first port of call for people coming to the surgery.”

Veterinary Practice of the Year

Mill House Vet Surgery & Hospital is Voted ‘Top Dog’


Staff of the Millhouse Veterinary Surgery and Hospital receives Petplan’s Vet Practice of the Year award from the President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons,
Sandy Trees and compere Alistair McGowan.

Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital in Norfolk has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Vet Practice of the Year 2010’ at the Petplan Veterinary Awards - the Oscars of the veterinary profession.

Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital pipped its competitors to the winning post after being described as providing an incredibly high level of service to its clients, and being an extremely dedicated and welcoming collective of professionals. The independent panel of judges were impressed by the strength of the nominations from both clients and staff. What really shone through was the level of pride the practice takes in its work and how the staff are known by their clients for being efficient, friendly and helpful.

Mill House Practice Manager, Carole Clarke said, “This is such a fantastic award for the entire team. It’s significant because our clients have nominated us for the work we have done. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that our work and passion makes people happier by caring for their pets.

“It's also an amazing feeling to know that we have been recognised at such a prestigious awards evening that appreciates everyone in the veterinary industry, from receptionists to vets!”.
Alison Andrew, Petplan’s Marketing Manager said about Mill House Surgery and Hospital, “ like many vet practices, Mill House provides an exceptional service to clients and their pets and we are delighted to name the team ‘Vet Practice of the Year 2010’.”

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