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Christmas opening times 2016


Friday 23rd December 8.15am-4.30pm
Saturday 24th (Christmas Eve) 8.30am-11.00am
Sunday 25th (Christmas Day) Closed
Monday 26th (Boxing Day) Closed
Tuesday 27th (Bank Holiday) Closed
Wednesday 28th December 8.15am-6.00pm
Thursday 29th December 8.15am-6.00pm
Friday 30th December 8.15am-6.00pm
Saturday 31st (New Year’s Eve) 8.30am-11.00am
Sunday 1st (New Years Day) Closed
Monday 2nd (Bank Holiday) Closed
Tuesday 3rd January Back to normal: 8.15am-6.00pm

When the practice is closed the ‘on-call’ vet can be reached on mobile number 07979 536688. 

Keeping up to date.


Our vets attend numerous courses and conferences to ensure they are up to date with the best possible treatment options for your pets. Over the last month, our vets have been particularly busy. Jane visited the London Vet Show where she went to lectures on a wide variety of topics. At the trade show, she bought lots of new equipment for the practice including memory foam mattresses for all the kennels and a new orthopaedic drill. Lucy attended a two-day meeting of the British Association of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. As well as learning a lot more about eyes, she has bought some new equipment to treat certain eye conditions. Michelle has been on a practical ultrasonography course, perfecting her scanning skills. Lizzie has attended another module for her medicine qualification, this time on endocrinology (hormonal disorders). Georgia has been on a practical orthopaedics course, learning how to mend broken bones. And not forgetting Simone, who is currently spending a year at Nottingham university undertaking a medicine internship.

Welcome to Grace!


Grace has just joined Summerhill and is a final year veterinary nurse student at the College of West Anglia. She currently spends two days a week at college and three days at the practice.  During her training Grace is involved in all aspects of veterinary nursing, but so far particularly enjoys nurse clinics where she gets to interact with pets and their owners. At home, she has two Dobermans, three Daschunds, a horse and a collection of ducks. Grace replaces Sean, who is moving on to pastures new, away from veterinary practice. We wish him all the best for his future.

Parvo Alert


This week we have been treating an outbreak of Parvovirus, with five dogs from one household having to be hospitalised. Parvovirus causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, and despite intensive treatment many dogs don’t survive. Sadly of the dogs we’ve been treating two have had to be euthanased as they haven’t responded to treatment, with a third still fighting for her life.  This situation is heartbreaking for their owners and for all our staff who have been involved in their care, especially as their deaths could have been prevented by routine vaccination.  These dogs are exercised on private land and so do not pose a threat to other dogs in the area. We are very grateful to the dogs’ owners for allowing us to share these photos with you, to help highlight the importance of vaccination

There has been a lot of misinformation about dog vaccines in the media recently. UK veterinary practices use vaccine protocols which ensure dogs are fully protected without being over vaccinated.  Dog vaccines are made up of two main parts. The first part protects against Leptospirosis. It only provides protection for one year and therefore has to be given annually. The second part protects against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus. It provides protection for at least three years, and so after puppyhood this part is given every three years. Your vet will look at your pet’s records and assess their general health to decide which parts of the vaccine your pet needs.

You may have heard about ‘titer’ testing as an alternative to regular vaccination. The aim of titer testing is to measure your pet’s antibodies to see when they need to be re-vaccinated. Although the idea, in theory, is a good one,  several factors prevent it being commonly used. Firstly its cost, secondly lots of dogs don’t like having blood tests and thirdly there is no reliable titer test for Leptospirosis, and so this part of the vaccine has to be given regardless of the results for the other diseases. If you have any questions about vaccination please speak to one of our team.

VACCINES SAVE LIVES, please ensure your dog is up to date.