Is Lanark’s Andrew Britain’s best vet?

Vet Andrew McDiarmid
Vet Andrew McDiarmid

A Lanark vet is in the running for what is recognised as Britain’s animal care `Oscars’.

Clyde Veterinary Group’s Andrew McDiarmid has been shortlisted for Vet of the Year in the prestigious Petplan Veterinary Awards for 2016, the winner to be announced tomorrow (Thursday).

The accolade crowns a near-three decade career for Andrew who specialises in equine care, working for the past 16 years at the group’s Lanark horse, pony and donkey `hospital’, appropriatelylocated next to the town’s old Racecourse.

He has also made his professional mark as a senior lecturer in his speciality at Edinburgh University

The awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate the nation’s most exceptional vets, vet nurses, practices, practice managers and vet support staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in keeping pets healthy and giving owners peace of mind.

Commenting on his nomination, Andrew said: “This nomination is a huge surprise and honour. It is a reflection of all the dedicated teamworkfrom all my staff, both past and present, who have helped build the practice to its current position.”

Said a spokeswoman for the award organisers: “Particularly impressive for the independent panel of judges was Andrew’s skill in growing the purpose-built equine hospital from its inception to a busy, thriving centre, which now boasts eight equine vets on hand to deliverfirst-class treatment to the horses under their care.”

Added Isabella von Mesterhazy, head of marketing at Petplan:“Through the awards we’re able to pay tribute to the incredible work carried out by members of the veterinary profession.

“We’re now looking forward to revealing the winners at the Awards night being held on April 7.”