Veterinary group adds three Irish practices

Three of Irishs best known veterinary practices have joined York-based VetPartners.

Riverview Veterinary Group in Cork, Avondale Veterinary Hospital in Wicklow and All Creatures Veterinary Group in Monaghan have chosen to join the veterinary group which owns practices all over Europe.

It doubles the number of VetPartners’ practices in Ireland from three to six and creates a strong foundation for the group in the country.

VetPartners, founded by vet Jo Malone as a  three-practice partnership in 2015, has expanded rapidly. It now operates nearly 500 sites in the UK. It opened its first international sites in Italy in 2019, and in France in 2021. By late 2022 it expanded into Germany, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. It currently employs more than 10,000 people in the UK and EU.

Riverview Veterinary Group is one of the oldest mixed practices in Ireland after being established 75 years ago, with 52 team members working across clinics in Ballincollig, Kinsale, Carrigaline, Bandon and Clonakilty.

Avondale Veterinary Hospital, which is also a mixed practice, has three sites in Arklow, Rathdrum and Tinahely, and employs 31 team members.

All Creatures Veterinary Group is a small animal practice, with 34 employees working across four sites across Monaghan.

VetPartners Ireland managing director Gavin McCoubrey said: “We are so proud that these three amazing practices have chosen to join us because they are so respected in Ireland. They are a great cultural fit for VetPartners and they share our values in the way they support and care for people.

“They have really bought into VetPartners as a family of practices that wants to support them to deliver the best possible care for their patients and a great service for their clients, as well as being a great place to work. Practice life is very special and we really value the people that make them so.

“Our growth in Ireland is exciting and I believe the addition of Riverview, Avondale and All Creatures show how highly regarded we are and how much people trust in what we are building.”

Dublin-based commercial law firm Beauchamps advised VetPartners on the three acquisitions.