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Island VetCare have been awarded “Start-Up Business of the Year 2019” at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, which were held at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday 18th October, hosted by comedian and actor Colin Carmichael. 

The Start-Up Business Award recognises exceptional growth and entrepreneurship from a business that has been established in the last three years. An international panel of judges looked at how start-up was achieved, the strength and performance of the business so far, as well as the potential for future growth. The judges commented “Island VetCare has shown good growth and has strong future potential, and are clearly passionate about their customers and their level of care”. 

“We are very proud of the service our practice provides to the pets and pet-owners of the island, as it’s the kind of place we’d all like to take our own pets” said company Director Matthew Twitchett. “Winning this award has given us a chance to step back and look at what our whole team has achieved in such a short space of time – before we get cracking with the next phase of development. We are very grateful to our team, to all of the pet owners who continue to trust us to look after their pets, day and night, and to the other vets on the island who refer patients to us for specialist care when needed.”

Island VetCare Ltd, which includes the specialist surgical and ophthalmological referrals unit Island Referrals, was established only 18 months ago, and offers a blend of empathetic holistic patient care coupled with cutting-edge expertise. The main goal of the practice is to be the first choice for small animal GP and specialist care for pet owners on, and visiting, the Island. The business was born of a shared desire to improve the local treatment options for the pets and pet owners of the Isle of Wight, and is the first of its kind on the island.

The practice achieved early recognition by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when it successfully completed the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme as a Small Animal General Practice, just after its first birthday. This has enabled Island VetCare to train its own veterinary nurses in partnership with Sparsholt College, Winchester, and also to help train final year veterinary students alongside University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine, Guildford. Building work is underway to install a CT scanner and visiting MRI, along with expanded accommodation, more office space, staff facilities, and a new isolation ward.