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Welcome to Vetcare Ltd

A small animal companion-care Veterinary Practice with dedicated and qualified staff who put the health and care of your loved pets and client care first.

Vetcare Ltd is dedicated to the treatment and welfare of small animals at our Surgeries in Lancashire & Cheshire. Our team of Vets provide a sensitive, competitively priced, approachable service for animals and pets at our Veterinary Practices in LeighBoltonHindley and Sale.

Covid Information and Covid Restricted Opening Hours

October 2021

As lockdown measures continue to relax we are now able to provide most services for you and your pets when they need to be seen and for the supply of medicines.  In general, the higher the local community viral infection rates are, then the more careful we have to be and more social distancing measures will be in place. We have a duty to protect you and our staff.  Covid statistics vary considerably and are likely to increase after the schools and colleges reopen. Please read this page on Coronavirus  to see CURRENT OPENING TIMES and which gives all the relevant information if your pet needs to be seen or if you need medication. We will update this page regularly, as well as releasing information on social media. The telephone lines are often busy so please use email to order repeat medications or for simple enquiries. Stay well and best wishes to you all.

Earlier this year we launched our Pet Care Plan for Dogs, Cats, Puppies, Kittens and Rabbits, with monthly instalments for all preventive health needs for all pets, and a  set of discounts on services and products.

You can now register online or make enquiries through this website. You can also arrange appointments, order repeat prescriptions and contact any of the staff with questions. Please be patient.

Service Provision

The telephone lines are very busy, despite 7+ people manning them each morning. Unless your call is urgent please make use of email for enquiries, repeat medications and for appointment booking.

There is currently a National shortage of Vaccines for Cats and Dogs. This is impacting our ability to provide this service other than for urgent cases.

The current and changing coronavirus restrictions means we regularly change the nature, timing and means by which provide a service. All 4 sites are open but with reduced staffing and hours. See our Covid-19 page for full and regularly updated information regarding service provision and opening hours. We have not changed our social distancing measures and a mask or face covering will still be required when you attend the surgery. We are still dealing with some cases remotely (where there is not a need to attend the surgery); chargeable in the usual way and the Veterinary Surgeon will give advice and/or prescribe medication.

Please be patient and treat our  staff with respect; They are trying their best to help you, and we have a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse towards our staff. Please remember they are putting themselves at risk to keep the practice open and provide a service to our local communities.

Veterinary HPM Diet

We are often asked for advice on the best food to feed your pets, and our staff are happy to answer questions about the modern world of processed food and RAW diets.

For the optimal health of your pet we stock Virbac Veterinary HPM 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?

We have 10% discount on the HPM Range for all pets signed up on our Health Plan.

We also stock the HPM range of prescription diets – carefully formulated to support specific conditions in dogs and cats – including kidney disease, urinary tract problems, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, pancreatitis, obesity, skin conditions and animals recovering from surgery.

An holistic approach to dealing with any illness is important, and central to this is appropriate nutrition. Please contact us for more information on HPM food, or need any other advice on nutrition.

Staff News

Welcome to our new Veterinary Surgeon, Bethany Ripley. Beth is a local lass and qualified from Edinburgh University earlier this year, joining us in the summer of 2020. Beth first came to us as a school pupil, gaining work experience at the Sale Surgery, with a great desire to become a Veterinary Surgeon. During her time at University she did extra mural studies with us and we couldn’t let her go when she graduated. She will be a regular face at Leigh and Bolton Surgeries. If you haven’t already met Bethany we are sure you will be delighted when you do.

We are astounded by how well all our staff have adapted to and are coping during the pandemic (in difficult Covid secure working conditions), especially those new to Vetcare and the profession. We are really proud of them all.

As a Practice we are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Find out what that means for you and your pet.

Star Patient

Our current Star Patient, Summer, has probably been to see us more than most patients during the course of the latter part of 2019, and into 2020, and we hope she will continue to do so for a long time to come. Have a look to see how loved she is by her super owners and how much we have been able to help her recover from and cope with her multiple problems.

Advances in Veterinary Medicine means that we can often offer your pets the same level of investigations and treatments as are offered in Human Medicine and we have explored options to the fullest with lovable Summer. There are always options for investigation and treatment plans and our Vets will always go through these with you.

Most cases that we see are interesting and for many patients we manage to save or extend lives along with ensuring an excellent quality of life. We like to choose a case at intervals to tell you about. If you have a pet that you would like to be a ‘Star’ then please contact us.

Backhome Minichips

It is compulsory for all dogs to be 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.

The BackHome bio-glass mini chips are suitable for use in many species such as dogs, cats, horses or even snakes. They are a versatile and reliable option that causes minimal discomfort to the animal. Just one application/implant for a lifetime of protection. BackHome provides lifelong registration on PETtrac, a reunification database that is dedicated to reuniting missing pets with their owners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you have a new puppy it will almost certainly already be chipped, as Breeders have to ensure this prior to selling them to you.

So what are you waiting for – come and have your Backhome, Biotec Microchip fitted for only £12.50Call to make an appointment with the Nurse or ask the Vet when you are next at the Surgery.