Britain is a nation of animal lovers and for most horse owners their vet’s telephone number is top of their speed dial list. A recent survey conducted by the UK’s largest pet insurer, Petplan and its specialist sister brand Petplan Equine confirms that Britain’s pets are seen as members of the family and, when they’re ill or injured, their owners place their trust in the fourth emergency service, their vets.
A horse is not just a major financial investment and riding partner but, most importantly, a much-loved companion. The importance of our pets is substantiated by 98% of owners agreeing that nothing beats coming home after a long day at work andseeing their pet or horse. With animals being so important in their owner’s lives, it’s not surprising that 90% of owners say they treat their pets with the same level of care as they would a child.
The esteem in which horse and pet owners hold their vets is unequivocal with more than 84% of respondents stating that they rely on their vet for reassurance when they suspect their pet isn’t well. In fact, 88% trust their vet as much as they trust their doctor and 70% think of the veterinary team at their practice as trusted friends that they can rely on.
With a further 73% of pet owners regarding their local vet as a fourth emergencyservice, Petplan and Petplan Equine are calling for the public to vote for their vet, vet practice or a member of the practice team in the 16th annualPetplan Veterinary Awards.
Horse owner, Tracy Pettifer whose Highland Pony Sunny recently required emergency colic surgery said “I will be nominating my vet Lizzie for a Petplan Veterinary Award, not only for what she did to save Sunny, but also for giving me so much support throughout my previous pony’s illness. She even sent me a condolence card after the pony died. It meant so much knowing that she genuinely cares for all her patients. She truly is a fantastic and talentedvet.”
“At Petplan Equine we work very closely with the equine veterinary profession and know first hand how important the dedication and advice of vets is to our customers,” said Charlotte Collyer, senior marketing executive at Petplan Equine. “So if you are fortunate enough to have a vet who is willing to ‘go that extra mile’ this is your chance to say thank you and show them how much you appreciate their support and commitment.”
Petplan Equine is asking all horse owners who value their vet, veterinary practice or a member of their team to say thank you by nominating them for the 2015 Petplan VeterinaryAward by visiting www.petplanequine.co.uk/vetawards before 16th January 2015.