A PRACTICE manager at a Herefordshire vets practice has been shortlisted for a national award.

Helen Helme, who works at Leaden Vale Veterinary Centre in Ledbury, has been shortlisted for the Practice Manager of the Year category at the prestigious Petplan Veterinary Awards.

Commenting on her nomination, Mrs Helme said: “I was really surprised and delighted to be nominated.

“A huge thanks to Rachel Mowbray, Penny Fox, the fantastic team at Leadon Vale (including Teasel, Nellie and Star) and our loyal and valued clients.”


The awards recognise the nation’s ‘most outstanding’ veterinary professionals, who have been nominated by their colleagues and pet owners for their continued hard work and dedication to keeping pets healthy.

Now celebrating its 23rd year, the awards have received more than 22,000 nominations this year.

The awards ceremony will be taking place face-to-face for the first time since 2019 at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester on March 24.

Isabella von Mesterhazy, head of marketing at Petplan, said: “The judges had a very tough time picking the finalists in each category this year.

“As always, the quality of entries has been incredibly high and we’re delighted to have received so many nominations from the veterinary community and indeed pet owners themselves.

“The awards recognise outstanding individuals and teams who go above and beyond to care for the nation’s pets.

“The Petplan Veterinary Awards provide an opportunity to say thank you for the exceptional work carried out by members of the veterinary profession,

“They are particularly special this year now that we are able host the ceremony in-person once again.”

For further information on the awards and to follow the finalists’ progress visit the awards website at: www. petplan.co.uk/about-petplan/vets/