Clyde Veterinary Group, which has four sites in Lanark, Wishaw, Auchenheath and Stirling, has been taken VetPartners, a company based in York, with 104 veterinary practices and 4600 employees working in almost 400 sites across the UK.

The acquisition of the Clyde Group comprised of a team of 14 dedicated farm vets, working between two centres in Stirling and Lanark, providing specialised 24hour service to the farming community in Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire, while their small animal team is based at Lanark, Wishaw and Auchenheath. In addition, the Clyde Group boasts the largest equine hospital north of the Border which includes no fewer than 10 horse vets, two nurses, two nursing assistants and a groom.

As a result, VetPartners is now made up of more than 100 of the UK’s most trusted veterinary practices and owns four of the UK’s leading equine hospitals.

Jo Malone, chief executive of VetPartners said: “We are delighted to welcome Clyde Veterinary Group to VetPartners as they are a highly respected, large mixed practice.

“They strengthen our presence in Scotland and show we are committed to attracting some of the best veterinary businesses across all species, both in the UK and Europe.

“After building up a strong base of small animal practices, we are committed to growing our mixed, farm and equine groups, which will bring benefits of scale, local support for our teams and access to a wide range of excellent specialist services.”

Trevor Hamilton, director at Clyde Veterinary Group, said: “We had been discussing the future of UK veterinary practices for some time, before coming to the decision to join with the VetPartners family of practices. We believe that this is a natural part of the evolution of our practice.

“Of the opportunities available to us, we had the most synergy with VetPartners and already knew of a number of like-minded practices that have taken the same step.

“We strongly believe the collaboration between ourselves and this new, wider family of practices, with their progressive commitment to mixed practice, will lead to significant synergies between our organisations," added Mr Hamilton.

The VetPartners group diversified during 2018 to include a veterinary nursing school, laboratories, research dairy and locum agency.