A MALTON veterinary practice is celebrating reaching the finals of a national business awards after being praised by clients for the high level of care it provides to its equine patients.

Rainbow Equine Hospital is a finalist in the Veterinary Practice of the Year category at The Equestrian Business Awards 2021.

The practice was nominated by clients who praised the expertise of Rainbow’s vets and said they often went beyond the call of duty when treating their horses.

Rainbow Equine Hospital is one of the largest equine veterinary practices in the north of England and has state-of-the art facilities to treat sick horses, including high-tech equipment to diagnose equine health issues.

As well as caring for horses at the hospital and performing routine and life-saving surgeries, Rainbow has a team of vets who go out on the road to visit patients.

This is the inaugural year of The Equestrian Business Awards and 5,500 nominations were received across 14 categories. The Awards aim to recognise the achievements of UK equestrian businesses and professionals, especially after the challenges they faced during the Covid pandemic.

To help the judging panel make their final decision on who lifts the trophy, Rainbow and the three other finalists will take part in online interviews, and client reviews will be taken into consideration.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 22, which is set to be held at The Village Hotel, Nottingham.

Rainbow Equine Hospital practice manager Lorraine Colgan said everyone at the practice is proud to be a finalist in the awards.

She said: “We are delighted our clients have nominated us for the Veterinary Practice of the Year Award. The whole team at Rainbow is committed to providing outstanding care for our patients and an excellent experience for our clients, so this means a lot to us all.”

Rainbow Equine Hospital is part of VetPartners. Established in November 2015, VetPartners is made up of some of the UK’s most respected and trusted small animal, equine, mixed and farm practices.

Led by vets, VetPartners has 160 veterinary practices, with more than 6,000 employees working in around 550 sites across the UK and from its headquarters in York.