AniCura appoints Ulrika Grönlund as Group Medical Quality Manager

AniCura, a leader in high quality veterinary care for companion animals, has appointed Ulrika Grönlund as Group Medical Quality Manager. Her appointment is aimed to develop and strengthen AniCura's systematic quality work within veterinary medicine with a special emphasis on infection control, patient safety and the sustainable use of antibiotics.

Infection control is a field undergoing intense development and one in which Ulrika Grönlund has played an important part in both Swedish and international contexts. She previously held a position at the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA) as an expert in the field of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria in dogs, cats and horses and currently holds a position as senior lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), including training assignments of both veterinary students and veterinary nurse students within the field of infection control and antibiotic resistance. In addition, Ulrika was the project coordinator in developing two national guidelines for the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine (SVS) regarding infection control for small animal health care, and the treatment and management of patients with multi-drug resistant bacteria.

At AniCura, Ulrika will promote the design of comprehensive quality systems for veterinary care including methods for monitoring and promoting quality within infection control standards, healthcare associated infections and the use of antibiotics. She will also facilitate implementation of infection control routines and the use of antibiotics at AniCura, with due regard to legislation and regulations in different countries, support practices in their infection control efforts, carry out training and disseminate information on best practice in patient safety and the use of antibiotics.

"The great network of dedicated, skilled staff that together forms AniCura provides fantastic opportunities to raise the quality of small animal veterinary care to a completely new level. I'm truly looking forward to support the development of veterinary care that offers increasing patient safety, fewer nosocomial infections and a reduction in the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria. AniCura also shoulders social responsibility through its proactive efforts to improve infection control and promote the sustainable use of antibiotics, as resistance to antibiotics is a challenge shared by both the human healthcare and the veterinary care industry”, says Ulrika Grönlund.

"The systematic monitoring, follow-up and improvement of care quality are central components of developing high quality veterinary care of the future. AniCura is characterized by high quality care and is working continuously to achieve high standards within patient safety where infection control plays a major role. I'm convinced that Ulrika's solid expertise and great talent in this field will make a positive contribution to our continued efforts for quality care and the sustainable use of antibiotics, and I'm delighted to extend her a warm welcome on behalf of the AniCura family," says Peter Dahlberg, Group CEO and President at AniCura.

Ulrika Grönlund takes up her position at AniCura on 18 August 2015.

For further information, please contact
Peter Dahlberg, Group CEO and President AniCura, +46 730 505 050

About AniCura

AniCura is a leader in high quality veterinary care for companion animals. The company grew out of the idea that shared resources create possibilities for better veterinary care. AniCura was established in 2011 as the first animal hospital merger in the Nordic region and is today a best-practice example of specialized veterinary care and an appreciated partner to pet owners and referring veterinary surgeons in northern Europe.

The company offers a full range of medical and surgical services covering everything from preventive and basic health care, to advanced diagnostics, intensive care, surgery and orthopaedics. AniCura also provides rehabilitation, physiotherapy and dietary advice and offers selected animal foods and care products.

AniCura comprise many of Europe's most prominent animal hospitals and clinics, offering modern, high quality veterinary care at more than 80 locations and creating peace of mind through excellent access and patient safety. Every year, AniCura's 1,600 staff members take care of 750,000 patients. AniCura is a leading training and referral body.

Further information is available at www.anicuragroup.com

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AniCura is a family of well-known 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 role model within specialised veterinary care and a valued partner for pet owners and referring veterinarians across Europe. The company 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. For information on how AniCura is working to shape the future of veterinary care, please visit our website www.anicuragroup.com

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The great network of dedicated, skilled staff that together forms AniCura provides fantastic opportunities to raise the quality of small animal veterinary care to a completely new level. I'm truly looking forward to support the development of veterinary care that offers increasing patient safety, fewer nosocomial infections and a reduction in the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria. AniCura also shoulders social responsibility through its proactive efforts to improve infection control and promote the sustainable use of antibiotics, as resistance to antibiotics is a challenge shared by both the human healthcare and the veterinary care industry.
Ulrika Grönlund
The systematic monitoring, follow-up and improvement of care quality are central components of developing high quality veterinary care of the future. AniCura is characterized by high quality care and is working continuously to achieve high standards within patient safety where infection control plays a major role. I'm convinced that Ulrika's solid expertise and great talent in this field will make a positive contribution to our continued efforts for quality care and the sustainable use of antibiotics, and I'm delighted to extend her a warm welcome on behalf of the AniCura family.
Peter Dahlberg, Group CEO and President at AniCura