A vet from Romsey has been awarded the prized title of Vet of the Year at the 2024 Petplan Veterinary Awards.

Alison Hammond, from Mainstone Veterinary Clinic in Romsey, was awarded the prestigious title and trophy at a black tie ceremony, hosted by TV personality Claudia Winkleman on Thursday, March 21.

Now in its 25th year, Petplan received more than 38,000 nominations from pet owners and veterinary colleagues, a credit to the number of dedicated and hardworking veterinary professionals across the UK.

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Presidents of prestigious veterinary associations made up the awards’ independent and expert panel of judges.

The judging criteria was based on providing exceptional levels of care, outstanding expertise and professionalism and great interpersonal skills, all of which Alison was shown to have excelled in.

Daily Echo: Alison Hammond wins vet of the year at the 2024 Petplan Veterinary AwardsAlison Hammond wins vet of the year at the 2024 Petplan Veterinary Awards (Image: Petplan)

Flying the flag for Mainstone Veterinary Clinic, Alison Hammond said: “I’m just amazed, I’m actually speechless which doesn’t happen often. I’m so proud of getting it but also all the work I do with the team. You don’t do this on your own.

"I enjoy the challenge every day. Every day is different, you get to know your clients so well.”

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Petplan’s trading director, Bella Von Mesterhazy said: “It was an evening of coming together to celebrate the hard work and dedication of veterinary professionals in helping keep the nation's pets happy and healthy.

"With over 38,000 nominations received this year, these awards continue to go from strength to strength as vet staff and pet owners alike show their support for the incredible work that goes on in practices on a daily basis.

"All of the evening’s winners are truly deserving of their accolades, thanks to their true commitment to their profession, and Petplan is incredibly grateful for the hard work and dedication of the veterinary profession in helping pets get the best care.”

More information on the awards can be found at petplan.co.uk/about-petplan/vets.