Government & Legislation

VetPartners’ purchase of Goddard raises competition concerns

The CMA is concerned that pet owners could face a ‘worse’ quality of service, including more limited treatment options, or having to pay higher prices.

VetPartners’ completed purchase of Goddard Holdco Limited in March 2022 has been opened for an “in-depth” investigation after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that the deal raises “competition concerns.”

The CMA said it has received “a number” of complaints in recent years about higher prices or lower quality services as a result of multiple vets’ practices in the same local area being owned by a single company.

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