'Covid-19 will accelerate consolidation of vet practices, says VetPartners CEO

25 Jul 2020

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Although the industry has shown ‘great adaptability and resilience’ during Covid-19, VetPartners chief executive Jo Malone says there will be increased demand from practices to join larger veterinary groups as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

She says that vet professionals have recognised that being part of a big team is helpful during unprecedented circumstances. She said: ‘We are being contacted by more and more practices who, having experienced the Covid-19 crisis, realise the value of support to keep on top of all the latest guidance and having back-up during challenging times.’

VetPartners closed a quarter of its small animal, equine, farm and mixed sites during March, April and May to consolidate resources, counter reduced staffing levels and protect employees in self isolation or those who needed to stay at home due to childcare challenges. The group’s vets, nurses and receptionists have all adapted to different ways of working...