CVS has announced the acquisition of its first two practices in The Netherlands. They are a further step forward in its plans to expand into Europe and follow the launch of its online pharmacy business, Animed Direct, into France during 2016. The company, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing corporate practice, says that further acquisitions are expected in Europe during 2017, in addition to continued growth in the UK.
The two Dutch practices joining CVS are Kliniek voor Gezelschaps Dieren, a three-site small animal practice based in central Netherlands, and a single site small animal practice, Dierenziekenhuis Drachten, based in the north of the country. Both practices cited the business support and staff development opportunities offered by CVS, combined with the clinical freedom and practice autonomy it allows, as key reasons for choosing to join the company.
Commenting, Simon Innes, CEO at CVS, said: “We see many parallels between small animal practice in the Netherlands and the UK and have been talking to practices in the country about the benefits of joining us for some time. The level of interest has been encouraging and we are delighted to announce the acquisition of these two practices and welcome their teams to the CVS family.
“During 2017, we will continue to explore opportunities to extend our activities into Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and in Ireland.”
Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills 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.