Welcome to Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd
We aim to provide the highest standard of personal caring service.
We aim to maintain the highest level of up-to-date expertise and adopt a personal, professional and progressive approach.
We provide our own out-of-hours care so that you won't have to travel a long way to see a stranger when your pet is in trouble.
We attach great importance to a personal relationship with our clients and their animals. Whether in reception or the examination room, you will always feel you are in good hands.
We prefer to offer our own Out of Hours Service so that our clients will see a familiar face in an emergency.
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From diagnosis to therapy: This is where you can find out all about the services we can provide for you.
All our Veterinary Surgeons undertake regular training to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in surgery and medicine.
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Shipston Pet Healthcare Plan
We have been running a Healthcare Plan for dogs, cats and rabbits for several years now to provide the highest quality care, to allow monthly budgeting and to save money!
The prices have remained the same since 2014 but will have to increase in May. We are changing the plan administrator to keep the increase as small as possible.
The scheme remains fabulous value for money and allows savings of 25% on routine vaccination, flea and worm treatment as well as giving additional 10% discounts on a wide range of services.
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Local Health Issues
2018 has had the highest ever recorded cases of Alabama Rot. Cases have been found across the country but numbers are still less than one hundred altogether. There have been cases identified in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
This disease was first identified in 2012 and is known as CRGV (Canine renal glomerular vasculopathy).
Risks are low but owners should monitor their dogs carefully for any skin lesions, particularly on the lower parts of the limbs and if their dog should become depressed with loss of appetite and increased thirst, to seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.
Tick season is upon us early this year with many dogs and cats already appearing at the surgery with tick burdens.
We have the extra concern regarding the appearance of the European Brown Tick on our shores since the relaxation of tick treatments on the Pet Healthscheme and now the appearance of Babesiosis.
Please ask at the Surgery about tick prevention for your pets. It is becoming more important than ever. Do not trust the non-prescription tick preventatives which can be singularly ineffective!
We have seen an increased incidence of infectious tracheobronchitis in Shipston and Moreton during the mild winter of 2016/7. We recommend that dogs coming into contact with many other dogs should be vaccinated. The vaccine is simply squirted up the nostril and can give protection within three days.
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If your dog is already coughing, please inform the surgery as to minimise contagion, we examine suspicious cases away from the waiting room. Although the immune system can usually deal with the infection, we do recommend these cases have treatment to minimise chronic damage to the respiratory system.
If your dog loves swimming, you need to be concerned about Leptospirosis or Weil's Disease. This can be picked up from water, from rats and from infected dogs and causes very serious liver and kidney damage which can be fatal.
We have always recommended vaccination against Leptospirosis and as this disease is important in our area, we are now using the newest "Lepto 4" vaccines routinely for all puppy initial inoculations and for all adult dogs. If your dog is a great swimmer, drinks from puddles, loves exploring ditches on farmland or all of the above, we strongly recommend you have two Lepto 4 inoculations 4 weeks apart in the first year, and then an annual booster as usual. Congratulations if your pet is already protected!
Please make sure all your canine friends are protected!
Vaccination: Why is it so important and what are the risks?
Many people worry about the risks of vaccinating and do not perceive the necessity of their pet receiving booster inoculations. Please click the picture below of a puppy with parvovirus to read the whole treatment of the subject by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association). The risks are covered fully along with the risks of not vaccinating your pet. Some of the pictures may make you change your mind about not vaccinating.
Cats Protection Advice about Neutering
How to contact us
Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd
24 West Street
Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HD
Our consultation times:
8.40 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
4.30 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. Monday to Friday
Times are variable.
From February 2019, we are offering morning appointments between 9.30 and 10.30 a.m. for a trial period (weekdays except Tuesday)
All consultations at both surgeries are by appointment only
Please note that in emergency out of hours, the same number should be dialled. Listen to the message, then dial 7 to be put through to the Emergency Vet.
News March 2019
From March 2019, we are starting to run Wellness Clinics with nursing staff at our Shipston site for Cats and Dogs over 8. These are to check for hidden problems in older patients. Finding problems early is the key to health in old age.
We are delighted to welcome Corina to join our practice as Veterinary Assistant. Corina has moved from Romania and already speaks english very well. She is a caring and conscientious vet who is enjoying working with our friendly team!
Jill, our practice manager, was involved in a nasty car accident in October 2018 and is convalescing steadily. We have received many good wishes for her recovery and pass these on to her with our own good wishes. We hope it will not be too many months before she can get back to the job that she loves!
Steph has decided she wants a change of scenery and hopes to advance her career into referral practice, finishing at SVC before Christmas 2018. We wish her very well for the future.
We are delighted to welcome Alex to SVC from August 2018. Alex qualified in 2017 and has been working in Devon. He relishes the opportunities that working in a small and caring surgery offers.
Martin decided in 2017 that he wanted to reduce to working a two day week as a prelude to leaving SVC after more than three decades. As of August 2018 he has now left the practice to pursue his other interests of music-making, canoeing and music festival attendance! We wish him very well for the future.
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