Cookstown woman crowned Vet of the Year

Cookstown woman crowned Vet of the Year

Cookstown vet Claire McCabe has been awarded the esteemed title of Vet of the Year at the 2023 Petplan Veterinary Awards.

Announced at a black tie ceremony, hosted at the Kimpton Clock Tower in Manchester, the winners were revealed by actress, comedian and dog lover, Sally Phillips, and were awarded a prestigious Veterinary Awards trophy.

Now in its 24th year, Petplan received over 30,000 nominations from veterinary practice clients and colleagues – a credit to the number of dedicated and hardworking veterinary professionals across the UK.

Claire, of Craemill Veterinary Clinic, an IVC Evidensia practice, said: “I honestly feel that this is an award for our practice because without my amazing team, my job would be a lot harder and a lot less fun. I’ve always wanted to be a vet – as I grew up my parents were farmers so this has just been my dream job so to get this means the world.

“Our local community is massively important to myself and my practice – we have been going 50 years this year so it’s a big year for us this year so to get this award on this anniversary means so much, especially for my husband’s father who started the practice and sadly passed away a number of years ago so I just wish he’d been here to see it.”

The judging criteria was based on providing exceptional levels of care, outstanding expertise, going above and beyond the normal care of duty, outstanding professionalism and great interpersonal skills – all of which Claire was shown to have excelled in.

The other winners were:

  • Helen Rooney, Pet Blood Bank, Vet Nurse of the Year
  • Milfeddygon Williams Vets, Vet Practice of the Year
  • Louise Newman, Blue Cross Vets, Practice Manager of the Year
  • Laura Cameron, Lomond Veterinary Clinic, Support Staff of the Year

Commenting on the ceremony and winners, Petplan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Bella von Mesterhazy said: “We enjoyed yet another fantastic celebration of outstanding veterinary professionals from across the UK last night, and as ever, it’s been incredibly difficult for the judges to whittle down 30,000 nominations to just one winner for each of the five categories.”

Petplan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Bella von Mesterhazy said: “All of the night’s winners are so deserving of the accolade, thanks to their true commitment to their profession, and like all those who sent in nominations, Petplan is incredibly grateful for the outstanding services provided by not only our winners, but veterinary professionals around the country.”

Read more in the upcoming edition of NIVT.