MWI Animal Health UK, a part of AmerisourceBergen, announced the launch of MWI Buying Group, a group purchasing organisation (GPO) that combines the portfolio of benefits and solutions available via the company’s two buying groups — St. Francis Group and VetsWest — into a single platform to offer a more seamless, enhanced customer experience.
Through its new GPO service, MWI will provide practices with a clearer list of benefits, transparent pricing and rebates, and solutions to help simplify purchasing administration and business processes. MWI Buying Group, which represents 630 member practices across the United Kingdom and Ireland, is the largest GPO in the United Kingdom.
“Now more than ever before, independent veterinary practices need access to resources and support that can help them overcome challenges so they can continue to operate their businesses and deliver high-quality care,” said David Tinsley, Managing Director of MWI Animal Health UK. “By creating a single, transparent GPO, we’re able to provide member practices with greater access to solutions that can help them protect profitability, reduce time spent on purchasing and business administration, and maintain positive patient outcomes — both now and in the future.”
Member practices have access to a variety of resources, such as financial reporting and inventory management tools. Practices can also enrol in MWI Distinct Advantage, a membership program within MWI Buying Group that offers a wide range of solutions that span the entire practice, from business consultative services and professional development opportunities to practice management software that helps to optimise practice workflow. The support solutions are tailored to the unique needs of each practice to help maximise profit, improve operational efficiencies, and simplify administrative processes so practitioners can devote more time to their patients.
The development and launch of MWI Buying Group comes five years after MWI’s acquisition of the St. Francis Group, and six years after the company acquired VetsWest, a leading veterinary support services provider. In 2018, MWI announced plans to integrate its services in the United Kingdom by aligning St. Francis Group, VetsWest, Centaur Services (a UK-based distributor) and Vet Space (a software innovator) under the MWI Animal Health UK brand.
“This most recent move reflects our ongoing commitment to provide customers with a comprehensive offering of value-based services that support all of their needs and help them thrive in a dynamic animal health market,” Tinsley said.
For more information about MWI Buying Group, please visit the website.