Bart Johnson has been appointed as the new President of AniCura

AniCura, one of Europe’s leading providers of high-quality veterinary care for companion animals, appoints Bart Johnson as their new President from October 1st. Bart replaces Azita Shariati, who announced that she would step down to pursue opportunities outside of AniCura.

Bart Johnson has been appointed the new President of AniCura. Bart joins from Linnaeus, also part of Mars Veterinary Health, where he has led the business since 2019. During that time, Linnaeus has grown rapidly from 85 to 190 practices, including entering the Republic of Ireland, and are widely viewed in the veterinary industry as a reference for quality services.

Bart has over 25 years experience in healthcare, beginning his career in the pharmaceutical industry before joining the UK National Health Service (NHS) in 2000 where he held several senior leadership and CEO roles. In 2006 Bart left the NHS to lead Assura Medical and subsequently became CEO of Virgin Care when Assura Medical was acquired by Virgin in 2010. He led that business through a period of very rapid growth as they became one of the leading independent providers of NHS services.

Bart Johnson succeeds Azita Shariati, who has stepped down to pursue opportunities outside of AniCura and Mars.

- It is a great privilege to be invited to lead one of Europe's well-known providers of high-quality veterinary care for companion animals. I look forward to leading this incredible business and continuing the journey of developing outstanding quality of care for pets across Europe, says Bart Johnson, President of AniCura.

For more information, please contact:
John O´Connor, Interim Director Marketing & Corporate Affairs and Sustainability AniCura
+353 872 185 608 (Ireland)

About AniCura
AniCura is a family of animal hospitals and clinics specialised in veterinary care for companion animals. Born out of the idea that sharing resources creates opportunities for better veterinary care, the company was established in 2011 as the first merger of companion animal hospitals in the Nordic region. Today, AniCura is a leader within specialised veterinary care and a valued partner for pet owners and referring veterinarians across Europe.

AniCura offers a wide range of high-quality medical services covering preventive and basic health care as well as advanced diagnostics, internal medicine, intensive care, surgery, and orthopaedics. AniCura also provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and dietary advice and offers selected pet food and care products.

AniCura provides modern, high-quality veterinary care for pets at over 450 European locations and creates peace of mind for pet owners through excellent access and patient safety. Every year, AniCura’s 11,000 passionate veterinary professionals attend to 3.6 million companion animal patients. AniCura is a trusted training and referral body.

Since 2018, AniCura is part of Mars Veterinary Health, a family-owned company focused on veterinary care.
For information on how AniCura is working to shape the future of veterinary care, please visit our website

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