Specialist veterinary facility joins forces with national group

A UK centre for the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism has joined York-based veterinary group, VetPartners.

The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre, near Wetherby, which cures cats from all over the UK, has become part of VetPartners, which now has 140 small animal, equine, farm and mixed veterinary practices, with 5,514 employees working across nearly 400 sites and from its York headquarters.

Andrew Bodey, who established The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre in 2013, will continue as clinical director, supported by his veterinary, veterinary nurse, animal care assistant and client care colleagues.

The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre has some of the UK’s leading experts on feline hyperthyroidism, a condition that causes weight loss, increased appetite, restlessness and heart disease.

The practice, which operates from a single site near Wetherby, is one of only a few centres in the UK licensed to offer radioactive iodine to treat feline hyperthyroidism – the gold standard cure for the condition.

Bodey said: “We are delighted to join with VetPartners, who share our vision to make radio-iodine treatment the first-choice for hyperthyroid cats, not the last resort.

“As far as we know we are already Europe’s largest provider of radio-iodine treatment and within VetPartners we look forward to making our clinical experience more easily available to more hyperthyroid cats, not just in the UK but across Europe.”

VetPartners CEO, Jo Malone, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre to our family of practices.

“Their decision to join VetPartners shows we are committed to attracting some of the best veterinary businesses to the group.

“Andrew and his team are highly respected within the veterinary profession for the incredible work they do and the outstanding care they give their patients.”

VetPartners, which is one of the UK’s major veterinary groups, also has five practices in Italy, and diversified to include a small animal veterinary nursing school, an equine nursing school, research dairy, laboratory and locum agency.

VetPartners was advised by Leeds-based legal firm, Lupton Fawcett.

Lupton Fawcett head of corporate finance, Giles Clegg said: “VetPartners is home to some of the most trusted and respected vet practices and they are a pleasure to work with.

“It is great to see another Yorkshire-based deal complete and for this practice to become part of the VetPartners family with all the support and future investment that entails.”

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