Best wishes to all of you, and especially your pets, for 2016.
2015 has been a great year for the Practice during which we have welcomed new babies for Nurses Sarah Stott, Kim Hampson and Office Manager Carolyn Hough. We also welcomed our new Veterinary Surgeon Andrea Beswick. We have a lot going on in the Practice in 2016 so take a look at our Winter Newsletter available now.
One of the great things that we do is being out in the community educating community groups or meetings about animal health and welfare. We also do many school visits to talk about careers or entertain the children with tales from Veterinary Practice.
Don't forget, preventive health - worming, flea control and vaccination - is important all year round.
We hope you have all had a great Christmas and any children are settling back in to school. Don't forget, they are all welcome at the Practice.
You can now register online or make enquiries through this website. You can also arrange appointments and order repeat prescriptions too.
Nurse Club of the Month - February 2016: Puppy Club
New bundle of fun? new to puppies? Then call us to make your free appointment at the Puppy Club. We will help you to navigate your way through the world of processed food and help you to understand preventive health - vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, worm prevention and so on.
Having a puppy is almost like having a new child - lots to think about to get things just right. We will also educate about pet insurance, neutering, early behaviour, puppy biting, dental care, grooming and exercise. Our registered Nurses are experts on nearly all you need to know about puppies. You can also have your puppy microchipped and we will help you optimise the care you give your puppy, to keep him healthy and growing well, right up until he is eligible to come to the Junior Club :-)
Our Nurses also run Clubs for new Kittens, Junior Pets, overweight pets, an Arthritis Club, Senior Pet Club, Diabetes Club, Rabbit Club and Small Furry Club. These are great to bring the children to as well. They are all FREE OF CHARGE and give you a great opportunity to develop a relationship with someone at your surgery. So don't wait, get in touch now to book your private appointment at the Club of your choice. We highlight one each month but all Clubs are available at any time.
Nutrition and Vet Complex Diet
For the optimal health of your dog, cat, puppy or kitten we stock the full Virbac VetComplex Range of diets. In our opinion this food is better than any other pet food; nutritionally better, superiorly manufactured and amazing value for money. What you feed your pet is the most important thing that contributes to their health, beyond lifestyle and preventative health.You probably take a lot of care with what you eat - why not give the same consideration to your pets?
Vet Complex costs about 25% less per day to feed than the best diets sold is Pet Shops and we have a great LOYALTY SCHEME - for every 5 bags purchased get the 6th same sized bag of the same diet FREE OF CHARGE.
And for new Puppies and Kittens - Buy your first bag (400g bag for kittens and 1.5 kg bag for puppies) - and receive your second same sized bag FREE OF CHARGE
There are specifically manufactured diets for every stage of your pet's life, including a range of clinical diets. All diets come with a palatability guarantee so a full refund is available if your pets won't eat it.
Neil Taylor is retiring as a Director of Vetcare at the end of June 2016. He will continue to work as a Veterinary Surgeon in the Practice for the foreseeable future - on a part time and locum basis (so regular days each week and covering holidays and so on), so it isn't 'au revoir' we hope for quite some time. Neil has been with Vetcare since 1988 and now wishes to devote more time to his lovely wife.Vivienne, and to do a bit more exploring and travelling. Much more about Neil in due course.
We are also recruiting an additional Veterinary Surgeon to join the team.
Watch this space to find out more about staff news and check regularly to see what employment opportunities we have. If you are interested in a Veterinary Career find out more on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website.
Smudge has been a really lucky cat. Out and about doing random feline stuff when some cruel individual with an air gun decided to try and take his life....Fortunately he was brought to us quickly and we were able to help to the best of our ability. Despite all efforts we still had some problems:
Smudge received emergency treatment but eventually lost one of his eyes. Sometimes there are thugs with no concern for animal welfare, sometimes it can be more sinister - there are links between animal cruelty and human violence, domestic or otherwise. Read Smudge's story....
Whenever we have an interesting or special case we will try and make then 'famous' by publishing their story on these pages. If you think your pet has had heroic treatment or surgery, or if you have another interesting tale to tell, then let us know.
From April 2016 it will be compulsory that all dogs are fitted with a microchip. There are many good reasons to have this done - to help you find your lost pet, prove that they are yours and for the Pet Travel Scheme.
We can chip dogs, cats, rabbits, tortoises, larger birds - in fact most pets. So what are you waiting for - come and have your Backhome, Biotec Microchip fitted for only £12.50. Call to make an appointment with the Nurse or ask the Vet when you are next at the Surgery. It is a simple and relatively painless procedure that affords your much peace of mind.