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Thank you !

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here, so not much updating done I am afraid. However we felt it was time for a few thank yous.

Firstly a big thank you to everyone involved in changing our building from an empty damp shell to the bright new veterinary surgery that it is today. Thanks to Intastruct from Kenilworth who took on the project, Mark Simmonds plumbing, Peter Cox who dealt with the damp, Paul Clarkson electricians, to all the Daves, DW flooring, DW Home Improvements, Dave Thompson telephone engineer, David Reed It guru, Bob Golightly veterinary management systems, Andrew Dade anaesthetic consultant, and Tom from Sign depot for the lovely signs. I hope I haven’t missed anyone.

Thank you to Dreamscape for setting up such a lovely website, and Shirley Whiting for her helpful comments. We are very grateful to Alex Mustard and Nikki Underwood Tandy for allowing their photos to be used. Also Linsey Ward, Sam Gratrix,  Sophie Robinson, Rebekah Ward, and Helen Gotevbe.


Emscote Vets Day 1Our Staff, Becky, Karoline, Laura, and Clare who has stepped in to help, definitely deserve thanks for all their enthusiastic work during this last few weeks, being cheerful through IT adversities and getting all our stock sorted. Although Mary and I do think they are moving things just to confuse us for fun!

Thank you to friends and family who have helped, especially Mike and Rob, our long suffering husbands, and Andy for helping sort out DIY and washing machines etc. Thanks to Jo and Nikki Underwood Tandy for sorting most of our furniture and then moving it. Also thanks to Dennis and Sean for their furniture moving too.


The biggest thanks however is for all the lovely support we have received from our clients. The number of cards, flowers, chocolates and messages of support have overwhelmed us. We have been very happy to see so many clients, faces we knew and new ones, bringing their pets in. There has already been a wide range of interesting cases, keeping Batt Lab our local Coventry laboratory run by Professor Roger Batt busy and we have already had good use from our ultrasound scanner and digital X-ray machine.

So thank you from Mary and myself!



The start of a practice!

February 2013


emscotefrontage2When Mary and I started planning our new small animal practice I don’t think we had any idea of what we were getting into.  We are both experienced veterinary surgeons, but starting a practice from scratch has required many different skills and specialist knowledge, and involved many people, without whom we wouldn’t even be close to opening.  We saw the building and realised what a great potential it had, being an open ground floor, office space above and with a good sized car park behind, but even getting our lease sorted was a long drawn out procedure.  Then we had to learn about planning applications for change of use.

Trying to work out how to make best use of the space was a great exercise in spatial awareness and involved  head intastructscratching and multiple redraws on squared paper and the input of an architect and technician to draw the plans for the council.  Then after a nail biting 8 weeks, we finally were granted change of use, definitely a night for celebration.  There wasn’t any time to relax, now we had rent to pay so this immediately lead onto a search for a builder.  We went with local company Intastruct, who have been really helpful, even with our daftest questions.  In fact I have adopted a straightforward approach with many of the specialists, from solicitors to builders, from accountants to telecoms.  If I am getting bemused by them, I just explain that I know exactly how to spay a bitch, which I assume they don’t, but treat me as novice in any other field.

We initially encountered some damp problems  and a few hiccups as the build progressed, but it has been amazing to see the partitions up and the practice take shape from an empty shell. The first time we walked in when the walls were up was a great moment.  Instead of being in an disused shop, we were standing in the prep room, visualising where the counters and cupboards would be, where the anaesthetic machine and table would be best.   We could see how every room was taking shape, and realised some had more room, others would need adapting from our original plan.  The electricians have decided doing veterinary surgeries is great for them.  Few buildings require such a density of  socket for phones and wiring for data cables, telephones etc.  As I write this walls are being plastered, painted, doors fitted and soon the floor will be in.  Then the kennels built and we will need to fit the practice out.  Hopefully soon we will have a building to be proud of showing you around.





Emscote Vets launch Facebook page and start tweeting

In these days of social media we decided we would launch our Facebook page before we opened to let everyone know who was going to be  filling the space between the Lord Nelson and the barber on Emscote Road.  Embracing this allows us to keep you updated on our progress and keep in touch with you.  It can also mean a good excuse to share a cute photo.  When doesn’t a sweet puppy raise an smile? cutepuppy As we move on it also gives us an easy way to update you on on any disease outbreaks locally that can then be shared.  For instance last year we had several local pet rabbits that sadly had to be euthanased due to myxomatosis.  Facebook is an ideal platform to raise awareness, and  for explaining that all rabbits can be at risk as it is spread by biting insects, and that they can be vaccinated against this horrible disease.  It has also been useful sometimes to help reunite pets with their owners, though we would recommend microchipping as preferable!


cropped-warwickrocks-avatarWe are new to tweeting but again we felt it was something we needed to explore to find its uses.  This is a journey for us too.  We have found there are many  groups on there supporting the local community  and the Warwick Rocks campaign.  At present we are just finding our feet, but hopefully this will be a fun way to help us keep you up to date too, or give you a smile for the day.


Emscote vets makes the ” small furry promise”


Supreme Pet foods have a think rabbit campaign, and we are pleased to announce that we will be signing up to their “small furry promise”.  As we have designed the building ourselves it has allowed us to create separate dog and cat wards, which can have the appropriate diffusers ( Feliway and Adaptil ) to help keep the different species calm and allow cats a quieter environment.  Unusually it has also  allowed us to build up a separate rabbit and small furry ward to keep rabbits away from species that in the wild would hunt them, which is a much less stressful experience for them.

Over the last 8-10 years I have developed a real interest in rabbit andgandalf andstripey small pet medicine and surgery.  They can be such wonderful, characterful pets and deserve to be treated as such.  It has certainly been a challenge at times, for instance trying to keep a dwarf hamster anaesthetised whilst I amputated her cheek pouch, or the first time I spayed a rat, with a bleeding uterine tumour, removing masses on rats that are huge in comparison with the rat which I have found very rewarding.

I have been closely involved with the local rabbit rescue for years and so have performed hundreds of rabbit spays and castrations.  I have also therefore treated many  difficult and chronic cases handed over to them , and this has forced me to expand my knowledge, try less well known drugs, different combinations etc, which has given me invaluable experience for treating new patients.

So we sign the promise !




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