UK veterinary sector consolidator VetPartners has acquired the LLM Farm Vets business (formerly Lambert, Leonard and May) which operates across the Midlands, North Wales, Lancashire and Derbyshire.

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VetPartners was established in 2015 with the help of the August equity fund. Based in York, it initially built up a portfolio of small animal practices, before moving into the equine, mixed and farm sectors last year. It now owns 99 UK veterinary practices comprising 75 small animal practices, 13 mixed practices, six equine practices and five farm practices. It also has a research dairy, a laboratory, a veterinary nursing school and its own locum agency.

In August last year, VetPartners bought the Origin group, including the Biobest Laboratories, farmIQ, Garth Pig Vets, Kingshay Farming and Conservation, Poultry Health Services and Westpoint Farm Vets brands across production livestock species.

LLM Farm Vets is based in Whitchurch, Shropshire with micro sites at Eccleshall and Wrexham. It has a Lancashire clinic near Preston and a micro site at Clitheroe, and opened a practice in Bakewell, Derbyshire in August 2018. The company’s Ian Cure is appointed farm director under the new owner and Den Leonard becomes ruminant commercial director.

“We now have some of the best veterinary businesses from each species within our group,” states VetPartners chief executive Jo Malone. “The next 12 months will see further growth in each of our species groups, as well as mixed practices, both in the UK and Europe. We will continue to develop our equine and farm sectors to create one of the most fully diversified veterinary groups in Europe, with the benefits of scale, local support for our teams and access to a wide range of excellent specialist services.”

Vet Partners has also recently acquired Mayes and Scrine Equine Vets in Horsham, Sussex and the Cvets small animal practices with two sites on The Wirral.