The world of veterinary medicine is in a state of constant flux. This is where we will provide you with a selection of interesting news about the veterinary world and our practice.
Countdown to Microchipping being legally required, April 2016
We are working hard to make sure all our clients are aware of the requirement to microchip their dogs (8 weeks of age and older) by April 2016. It is also a legal requirement that the information associated with the chip is kept up-to-date.
We have already carried out a free text campaign recommending free microchipping up to April 2015. All clients with a mobile number and a dog with no microchip on record were informed of the free Dogs Trust supported scheme.
This scheme has now ended but we continue to inform our clients and offer a 10% discount on the cost of microchipping until April 2016. We are carrying out a "Microchip Telethon" and telephoning all our clients to make sure they know about the new law.
Shipston Pet Healthcare Plan available from September 2014.
We have designed our Pet Healthcare Plan so that you as a pet owner can ensure your pets receive the very best quality preventative treatments through a simple monthly direct debit. We believe that prevention is better than cure. Early diagnosis of health problems will help your pet to live a long and healthy life.
Our Pet Healthcare Plan is not pet insurance. It covers the essential treatments your pet needs throughout life, such as vaccinations, flea and worm treatments and regular health checks, all at a discount of more than 25%. Extra benefits of the plan include discounts on many other products and services at the practice.
Speak to one of our team today to find out more about our plan.
Digital Radiography from August 2014
We are very pleased to have digital x-rays at Shipston Veterinary Centre now. These allow amazing images of internal structures to be achieved which can then be manipulated and magnified to give greatly improved diagnosis. The image files can even be e-mailed to specialist radiologists for interpretation or when a case needs to be referred.
Shipston Veterinary Centre to specialise in Companion Animal Care from August 2012
We decided in the summer of 2012 that we would cease Farm Animal Practice to concentrate on our Companion Animal Care, that is; dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and rodents.
This has been a big decision as Martin and I have been in mixed practice for the whole of our working lives. We are looking forward to developing the Companion Care side of the Practice to offer an even better service to our clients, and hopefully to having fewer nights disturbed by Farm Animal emergencies!
Focusing on preventative care: advice on health check-ups
We recommend annual health checks and inoculations for your pet. These include a full clinical and dental examination to pick up any hidden problems early. We use ultraviolet pen torches to pick up plaque on your pet's teeth and will advise on ongoing dental care. Your pet's dental health is vital to a long and trouble-free life.
The Older Dog and Cat
We recommend that older pets are checked more frequently. They should have routine urine analysis to pick up diabetes and other problems, blood tests to check organ function and routine blood pressure measurements. High blood pressure is the "hidden killer" and dogs and cats are frequently affected with consequences varying from blindness to death. Our nursing staff are trained to check blood pressure quickly and cheaply.
New online Internet presence
You can now find out everything you want about our practice and the latest news from the world of veterinary medicine on the Internet. We look forward to welcoming you to our website!
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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