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York veterinary group makes first move into Europe with three acquisitions

A York-based veterinary group has expanded its European presence by acquiring three Italian practices.

VetPartners has this week acquired three small animal practices in Ferrara, Florence and Parma in northern Italy.

The new locations mark the group’s first venture into Europe, with a further three practices in Italy set to join by the end of the year as the company continues its overseas expansion.

VetPartners is also aiming to acquire practices in France, Germany and the Netherlands as part of its growth plans.

VetPartners CEO, Jo Malone, said: “Our aim for some time has been to expand outside of the UK. There has been a lot of interest and the phone has been ringing off the hook. The main reason for the interest is people looking for a future as part of a larger team, where their practice can thrive and they feel supported.

“We have some of the UK’s best veterinary businesses across small animal, equine, mixed and farm, and 2020 will see further growth in each of our species groups, both in the UK and Europe.”

David Giraldi, joint owner of Ospedale Degli Animali, has been appointed by VetPartners as its Italian-based managing director.

Giraldi said: “It’s a great privilege to join VetPartners and particularly to be the first Italian practices. I have always been fascinated by the rapid growth of VetPartners in England and thought that a very strong inspiring leadership, solid values coupled with advanced management skills are the reason.”