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CVS announces acquisition of premier equine hospital

14th February 2017

CVS has announced the acquisition of Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Mereworth, Kent.

Bell Equine is one of the leading equine hospitals nationally and internationally and was the first practice worldwide to install a standing MRI unit for horses. The acquisition brings a wide range of specialist expertise to CVS, together with a large team of highly experienced clinical professionals. The move follows an increased focus by CVS, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing practice, on equine practice. Its Equine Division has experienced rapid growth over the last 18 months with further expansion expected in the UK and Europe during 2017.

Commenting, equine director Ben Jacklin said: “The acquisition of such an outstanding hospital is an exciting step for us. Bell Equine has always been at the forefront of the equine profession, both clinically and non-clinically, and as such it is a perfect match for the Equine Division of CVS.”

Julian Samuelson, former managing director of Bell Equine, will continue in the role of clinical director. He commented: “We are delighted to be joining forces with CVS and are very much looking forward to working closely with the Group to help realise the exciting potential of its equine ambitions. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to lead the profession, both within and outside CVS.”

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.