VetPartners had to temporarily close a quarter of its 500 clinics at the start of the pandemic — but this did not prevent its expansion into France going ahead in the spring, building on a move into Italy last year. Founded in 2015, the group provides centralised services such as finance and IT, freeing up vets to focus on treating animals and making high-value referrals to other owned practices. Chief executive Jo Malone, 45, led a £700m buyout in 2018, backed by private equity firm BC Partners.
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