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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. Our team of Vets provide a sensitive, competitively priced, approachable service for animals and pets at our Veterinary Practices in LeighBolton, and Hindley.

Covid Information and Covid Restricted Opening Hours

August 2022

Welcome to Vetcare in these interesting times. We hope you have managed through the pandemic safely this far.  As Covid restrictions relaxed we are able to provide all 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.  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.

4 years ago 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. Please enquire.

You can now register online, make enquiriesarrange appointments, order repeat prescriptions and contact any of the staff with questions. If the telephone lines are busy, and it isn’t an emergency, you may find email more easy.

Service Provision

The telephone lines are very busy, especially in the mornings. 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 which is impacting our ability to provide this service as we only have limited stocks. Please contact us – we are prioritising kittens and those very overdue but maintain waiting lists.

The current coronavirus risks and recruitment issues means we regularly change the nature, timing and means by which provide a service. All 3 sites are open but with reduced staffing and hours. See our Covid-19 page for regular updates. 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; chargeable in the usual way and the Veterinary Surgeon will give advice and/or prescribe medication. We are only able to prescribe prescription medication to for patients under our care; this in many cases will mean that we will need to examine your pet.

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 or rudeness towards our staff. Please remember they are only following Practice rules and protocol, they don’t make it up.

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, wet food, dry foods, gluten free 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 excellent value for money. What you feed your pet is the most important thing that contributes to their health, beyond lifestyle and preventative medicine.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 allergies, kidney disease, urinary tract problems, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, pancreatitis, obesity, skin conditions, heart disease 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 old 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

Summer, was our last Star Patient before the pandemic started. Have a look to see how loved she was by her super owners and how much we were 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.