CVS has announced the acquisition of Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Mereworth, Kent. The company, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing corporate practice, says that further acquisitions of equine practices are expected during 2017, in addition to continued growth in the UK and Europe.

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 the group and a large team of highly experienced clinical professionals. The move follows an increased focus by the group on equine practice, which has seen rapid growth of their equine division over the last 18 months. Commenting on the acquisition, Equine Director Ben Jacklin said, "The acquisition of such an outstanding hospital is an extremely exciting step for us. Bell Equine have always been at the forefront of the equine profession both clinically, and non-clinically, and as such they are 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, and 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 for their 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.