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3 small-cap shares to buy in December

After a slow start to the year the Small Ordinaries (Index: ^AXSO) (ASX: XSO) has really taken off during the last two months. During this time the small-cap index has put on a gain almost 9%.

Due to the high quality on offer in the small-cap space, I expect this outperformance could continue in December and through into 2018.

In light of this, here are three small-cap shares on my shopping list:

National Veterinary Care Ltd (ASX: NVL)

Over the last 12 months National Veterinary Care has grown its clinic network both at home and over in New Zealand at a solid rate. Due to the highly fragmented nature of the industry, I believe there is still a significant growth opportunity for the company over the next decade. Especially with pet ownership at elevated levels in both countries. In FY 2017 the company delivered a 25% increase in revenue and management expects to exceed this level of growth in FY 2018.

Swift Networks Group Ltd (ASX: SW1)

Swift Networks provide in-room entertainment and telecommunication services to hotels, aged care providers, student accommodation, and resources companies. Whilst I think the company’s biggest opportunity is in the aged care sector due to Australia’s ageing population, I have been impressed at the rapid adoption of its services by mining companies such as OZ Minerals Limited (ASX: OZL) and Pilbara Minerals Ltd (ASX: PLS). These companies now use Swift’s entertainment and telecom services to entertain the majority of their fly in, fly out workers.

Zenitas Healthcare Ltd (ASX: ZNT)

Thanks to the fact that the National Healthcare Reform aims to push the burden of healthcare services from hospitals into primary care, I think this recently listed home care and health services company is well positioned to profit. Like National Veterinary Care, Zenitas operates in a highly fractured industry which provides it with ample opportunities to grow through acquisitions as well as organically.

Finally, if you love small-cap growth shares then don't miss out on these in 2018.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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