The new small animal premises were opened in June 2004; they were built to designs produced by Peter Goolden an architect specialising in design of veterinary surgeries.
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Above is a video clip of a cat's eye view of a visit to the practice!!
These premises contain all the facilities that you would expect from a modern small animal veterinary practice, this enables us to offer the best possible care to our patients. We have recently undergone accreditation with the royal college of veterinary surgeons and have attained a level 2 standard.
We have separate hospitalisation wards for both dogs and cats; the dog ward contains 3 large walk-in kennels, one with in built shower! Any patient staying at the practice will receive excellent nursing care from our team of veterinary nurses, currently 3 qualified veterinary nurses, with over 20 years of experience between them, and 2 trainees. At night one nurse stays on site to look after in-patients, so any animal staying with us will be regularly assessed and given treatment as necessary, we feel that this overnight nursing is a vital part of our commitment to look after your pets.
Leading from the wards is the prep room; this is the hub of the practice for all surgical work. Animals are anaesthetised and ‘prepped’ ready for surgery, prior to being taken into the dedicated theatre, large dogs are moved on a mobile table to minimise lifting. X-rays and ultrasound examinations are performed in the x-ray room.
Dental procedures are carried out by Veterinary surgeons and trained qualified nurses in the prep room on a sloping ‘tub’ table, this enables us to keep the patient clean during the surgery.
nurse monitors all patients having an anaesthetic; we are currently
using the anaesthetic products that are the safest available and are
the same that are routinely used in human hospitals. Over the last two
years the practice was involved a survey of anaesthetic risks that was
run by the Animal health Trust in Newmarket, this is part of the clinical
audit that we perform to ensure that we offer clinical work of the highest
We have a separate laboratory where routine blood analysis, urine testing, faecal egg counts and examination of skin scrapes are performed. This provides a very rapid turnaround time in producing results in a few hours from sampling. Some samples for less routine tests are sent to external lab for analysis.
Small animal consultations are carried out by appointment, this has greatly reduced client waiting time, currently consultations are available between 9:00 and 10:00, 14:00-15:00 and 16:30 and 18:00. Any emergencies are fitted in as they occur at any time during the day. Emergency cases arising out side of the normal working day are seen by the duty veterinary surgeon and nurse at Filham Park.
Home visits; generally for small animals consultations are best performed at Filham Park, we will perform home visits where the animal gets very stressed by travelling or for euthanasia.