We spoke to last year's finalists to find out what it feels like to be nominated in their own words. Read on to see how a nomination from you could be a great way of rewarding someone in your practice for their dedication!
Sandhole Veterinary Centre in Kent: "We are absolutely delighted to be finalists in the Petplan veterinary awards for Practice of the Year. We are honoured that our independent practice has been recognised for our veterinary work."
Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in County Durham: "We're all overwhelmed by the news and so happy to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award."
Wangford Vet Clinic in Suffolk: "It is an overwhelming honour to be finalists for Petplan's Practice of the Year Award for the second time. I can honestly say that this is due to the Wangford Veterinary teams' extraordinary commitment to the practice, our clients and the wider community."
Anna Ashworth of Dalehead Veterinary Group in Settle, North Yorkshire: "It was a great surprise to find out that I had been nominated and I didn't quite believe it at first. Learning that my colleagues had voted for me really means a lot."
Joel Elcoat of Blue House Veterinary Centre in Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent: "The awards are a chance for all members of the veterinary team to be acknowledged, including those of us who are often behind the scenes in roles not seen by the public."
Joanna Brown of Village Vets in Meldreth, Royston: "I'm completely delighted, very honoured and a little overwhelmed to be a finalist. I have been a veterinary nurse for 21 years now and it's fantastic to have this recognition after so long in the profession."
Sally Hodgson of Hook Norton Veterinary Group in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire: "Being nominated is a huge honour in itself, but to be made a finalist is unbelievable. It really shows how well the practice is working together to provide a high-quality service to our clients."
Martin Brice of Emerson's Green Vet Surgery in Bristol: "I feel privileged and very excited to be nominated as a finalist. It is truly a humbling experience when both colleagues and clients have taken the time to nominate me for doing something that I truly love."
Adrian O Shea of The Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Kettering, Northamptonshire: "It's wonderful to be chosen as one of the finalists. To be recognised for a job I love is incredibly humbling and a huge honour."
Helen McHugh of Holmefield Veterinary Clinic, Selby, North Yorkshire: "I am delighted to have been nominated. We have achieved so much as a practice over recent years. To receive a nomination for this award is the icing on the cake and a real credit to the whole team."
Rachel Duncan of 387 Veterinary Centre in Walsall, West Midlands: "To know that people feel I'm making a real difference is very special, and being chosen as a finalist for Practice Manager of the Year is the best validation of my role that I could possibly ask for."
Bryony Flynn of Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic Belfast, County Antrim: "I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated for a Petplan award. Knowing the high standard of veterinary staff within my own practice and indeed further afield, I am especially honoured and humbled to hear that I have now been shortlisted to the top three nationwide."
Rachel Billing of The Veterinary Hospital, Gorleston-on-sea, Norfolk: "I have been completely overwhelmed and feel very privileged to have been nominated for this award."
Sarah Davis of Saxon Veterinary Surgery, Woodbridge, Suffolk: "I was shocked and extremely overwhelmed at being selected as a Petplan finalist. It still hasn't quite sunk in!"
Tina Jackson-Woods of Ashlands Veterinary Centre, Keighley, West Yorkshire: "I love everything about my job. We don't just look after animals, we look after clients too as they often need our support as well. I'm delighted to have been shortlisted in the Support Staff of the Year category."