Victoria Smith, Ben Collison, Katharaine Jennings, Abigail Beeby and Anna Briggs. Picture: Tony Jones

A West Norfolk vet practice has scooped a top spot in a major competition.

The Vets1 Group is in the throes of renovating its new home in Crimplesham and has been named as the East of England winner of the Best Growth Story in a BT Business-sponsored national competition.

The practice is now in the running to win the top prize of £30,000 of government support.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a regional winner in the Great Faces of British Business competition,” said owner Katharine Power.

The Vets1 group was launched in 2013 from a house in Barton Bendish, but has proved so popular that it has moved to a complex near Downham Market.

There is now a team of six and the aim is to achieve animal hospital status and have a staff of 15 at the centre.

Vets1 deal with domestic and farm animals as well as equine customers and, said commercial manager Simon Power, offered ‘excellent customer service with hugs if necessary.’

Vets1 is the first commericial practice in the UK not to charge for euthanasia and, said Mr Power, would never ask if an animal was insured.

“We want to heal the animal first and work out how to get paid afterwards,” he said.

Members of the public can cast a vote for Vets1 at www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/competition