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Mars buys UK veterinary services group Linnaeus

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Mars Petcare veterinary businesses include AniCura, VCA, BanfieldPet Hospital, Bluepearl, Pet Partners and Linnaeus.

Sovereign Capital Partners, a United-Kingdom-based private equity firm specializing in the buy and build strategy, sold Linnaeus Group, a UK veterinary services providers, to Mars Petcare’s Veterinary Health Group. Mars Petcare veterinary businesses include AniCura, VCA, BanfieldPet Hospital, Bluepearl, Pet Partners and Linnaeus.

The sale of the veterinary services provider group to the pet food company is Sovereign’s largest ever and will generate Sovereign’s strongest ever gross return, according to the company in a press release. No financial terms are able to be disclosed.

History of Linnaeus Group veterinary services provider

Sovereign backed the veterinary platform, Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, a specialist veterinary center for small animals in the UK, in September…


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