Praxia and Medican Veterinary Center have become Vetpartners first Spanish practice partners.
Praxia, a referral practice specialising in various fields, including cardiology and orthopaedics, based in Elche, Alicante, was the veterinary group’s founding Spanish practice. The acquisition was swiftly followed by a second practice after Medican Veterinary Center in Madrid also joined VetPartners.
Amid VetPartners’ expansion across the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany, managing director Augusto Macias believes there is also “huge potential” for more growth in Spain.
Led by vets, Vetpartners was founded by CEO Jo Malone in 2015 and has 188 small animal, mixed, farm and equine practises, employing more than 7,000 people across nearly 550 sites in the UK and from its headquarters in York.
Praxia works with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Murcia and provides residencies in various specialities, including cardiology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, oncology and surgery. The practice was previously owned by Rafael Garcia, head of cardiorespiratory disease service, and Julio Conde, a small animal surgery certificate holder.
Macias said: “By focusing on its people and the veterinary profession, VetPartners is making a huge difference. We focus on attracting and growing talent, with good professionals and good people who can continue developing in the profession.
“We aim to make Vetpartners clinics and hospitals a great place to work, where all team members, veterinarians, assistants and support staff, are respected as people, so that we can achieve a positive work environment.”
He added: “VetPartners understands the DNA of each veterinary clinic and hospital and brings human, financial and resources to these practises, always with respect for the people and the veterinary profession.”