“You just don’t know when they will get up to something…” that’s what one of our clients told us recently, after an unfortunate incident involving her three Cavalier King Charles’ spaniels and a box of After-Eight Mints. Read more
We’ve just had another suspected case down here in Cornwall, the first since early 2015 (which was down near Penzance). As a result, we really want to raise awareness among our clients about this dangerous, but still very rare, disease. Read more
This is a question we KEEP getting asked! But veterinary nurses are professionals in their own right, and are just as essential to the practice operating smoothly as any of the vets. For starters, let’s look at what they’re NOT… Read more
You may have heard some rumblings… well, it’s official! Our main Redruth surgery is going to be moving… But fortunately, not very far! We’re taking over the old Cardrew Health Centre on the Cardrew estate, and will be transforming it into a new, state-of-the-art health centre for animals. Read more
We are looking for a Registered Veterinary Nurse to join our amazing team of 5 RVN’s to cover maternity leave.
- is full time (around 36hrs/week) with no OOH and Saturday mornings on a 1 in 3 rota basis. A part time position maybe considered for the right candidate.
- involves normal nursing duties along with undertaking nurse clinics and puppy parties. Also possibly helping completing insurance forms
- has a CPD allowance and RCVS fees are paid
Our practice’s values are;
•treating pets as if they are our own
•supporting clients in every way we can
•being supportive and understanding to our colleagues.
•being a valued member of a team.
We are passionate about providing outstanding patient and client care and are looking for a like minded individual who can help us maintain our values.
We offer with this position an annual leave entitlement of 4 weeks plus bank holidays pro rata.
If you find the possibility of being part of our amazing team appealing please email your CV with a covering letter telling us all about yourself to email@example.com or if you would like to discuss the position further please telephone Sarah or Elaine 01209 214737
We look forward to hearing from you!
Protect your pet: why routine vaccinations are important
We all want our pets to live happy and healthy lives – but without preventative healthcare they’re susceptible to a variety of illnesses, some of which can prove fatal.
That’s why you need to ensure you stay on top of routine vaccinations, which give your pet some much-needed extra protection.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the essential vaccinations your pet needs to combat common diseases.
Parks, kennels, training classes, doggy daycare centres – public places where other dogs are present increase your dog’s risk of picking up an infectious disease.
The most common of these which we can vaccinate against are Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Viral Hepatitis and Kennel Cough. Leptospirosis is a particularly nasty disease that your pet could potentially pass on to you, causing serious health difficulties for both of you.
Whether you’re adopting an older dog or taking home a young puppy, you don’t want to watch them suffer unnecessarily from one of these preventable infections.
We give puppies their first vaccinations at 8 weeks, with their second injection two weeks later and the third two weeks after the second. As an extra precaution, we also advise all owners to keep unvaccinated puppies away from public areas.
Once they’ve received their initial protection, annual booster injections are required to ensure life-long immunity.
Cats love to roam and explore, but that means they’ve got a much greater chance of coming into contact with infectious illnesses that’ll quickly bring their adventures to a stop.
With regular vaccination, you can protect them from Feline Influenza (cat flu), Infectious Enteritis and the Feline Leukaemia Virus.
As soon as your kitten reaches nine weeks, they should be brought into the practice to receive their first set of vaccines. We’ll give them a second injection 3-4 weeks afterwards.
But that’s not enough to sustain your cat’s health and happiness. Again, booster vaccines will be needed throughout their life to maintain protection.
It’s crucial that your rabbit is vaccinated as they’re very susceptible to two highly contagious infections – Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis.
Both diseases will leave your rabbit suffering and will most likely prove fatal, so don’t leave your pet unprotected.
To give them their best chance at fighting off such infections, they should be given their first set of vaccines at around six weeks old. Thereafter, yearly boosters will keep their resistance levels high.
Any cat or dog who had a vaccination more than 15 months ago will need to start their primary vaccinations again. During March we are offering the primary vaccination course for the same price as a booster. This means for you are saving £17 for a dog restarting their primary vaccinations and £19 for cats. During the vaccination appointment with one of our veterinary surgeons your pet will be given a nose to tail examination, which helps to keep them in tip top condition.
We want every dog, cat and rabbit that visits us to enjoy long lives free of health struggles, so pop in to make an appointment or contact us at our Redruth surgery on 01209 214737 or our Camborne surgery on 01209 718281 to make sure they receive these vital vaccines.
We have unfortunately been let down by the veterinary surgeon who was due to start with us at the end of March. This however means that we now have an exciting opportunity for an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon who would like to join our amazing team and be part of an exciting adventure (we have have lots planned but can’t say much at the moment!!).
Everyone in our practice believes that we should:
- treat every pet as if they are our own
- support clients in every way we can
- be supportive and understanding to our colleagues.
Our veterinary surgeon position allows for a good work/life balance which we feel is essential to allow time to enjoy the best things about living in Cornwall. We work 4 days a week with the same day off each week and a Saturday morning on a rota basis. We have all the usual toys to play with, offer 4 or 5 weeks holiday (we can discuss which you would prefer), a CPD budget is available (certificate funding is possible) and salary is commensurate with experience.
As an independent practice we can offer you clinical freedom and as much support as you require.
If you would like a more detailed job description please email our practice manager Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find the possibility of being part of our amazing team appealing please email your CV with a covering letter telling us all about yourself to email@example.com or if you would like to discuss the position further please telephone 01209 214737
We look forward to hearing from you!
Zoe and Ben
P.s Here is a photo of our gorgeous cat Albie…just because we like the photo!!
Are you an experienced veterinary surgeon that..
- Would enjoy being part of a fantastic team;
- Is passionate about providing outstanding patient and client care;
- Would like to work in an independent practice which allows you clinical freedom and as much support as you require;
- Feel any ideas you have for the practice are valued;
- Would like a 4 day week with a Saturday morning rota and no OOH;
- Wishes to live in idyllic Cornwall?
Hopefully looking through out website and Facebook pages you get an idea about our practice and our values;
- treating pets as if they are our own
- supporting clients in every way we can
- being supportive and understanding to our colleagues.
- being a valued member of a team.
We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. History is very important to us, but so is the future and we are looking to continue on our exciting adventure improving and being the best we can possibly be in every aspect of the veterinary practice.
Our veterinary surgeon position allows for a good work/life balance which we feel is essential to allow time to enjoy the best things about living in Cornwall. We work 4 days a week with the same day off each week and 1 in 2 Saturday mornings (an average of 42 hours a week). We have all the usual toys to play with, offer 4 or 5 weeks holiday (we can discuss which you would prefer), a CPD budget is available and salary is commensurate with experience. If you would like a more detailed job description please email our practice manager Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find the possibility of being part of our amazing team appealing please email your CV with a covering letter telling us all about yourself to email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Firework advice – What products are available to help…..
Lots of pets hate fireworks and may react in different ways, some hide, whimper, bark, salivate, shake or howl. There are many ways to help this stressful time for everyone.
Sound desensitisation is a great way to treat the firework fear and is best done at least 2 months before bonfire night. There are many different types of sounds that dogs are frightened of: fireworks, gunshots, helicopters etc and a good sound desensitisation will cover a variety of noises.
There are many over the counter natural/herbal remedies available to help with your dogs anxiety.
2-4 weeks before the event:
Dorwest Herbs Skullcap and Valerian Tablets help by reducing anxiety by calming and relaxing your dog naturally with virtually no side effects. The best time to give these tablets is one month for very nervous dogs and 10 days for less affected dogs, but these tablets can be given on bonfire night at a double dose
Pet Remedy Diffuser and Spray The unique Pet Remedy blend of essential oils and extract helps calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets. It works by enhancing the production of GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), a natural chemical produced by the brain, transmitted from nerve to nerve as a calming message when the body is stressed.
Adaptil and Feliway are a synthetic copy of a natural appeasing pheromone which will help to comfort your pet in stressful situations. Adaptil/Feliway should be used 2 weeks before bonfire night and comes in a spray form that lasts for 2 hours, a diffuser that lasts 4 weeks, and an Adaptil collar for dogs that also lasts 4 weeks.
On the night itself:
Dorwest Herbs Organic Valerian Compound works in the same way as the skullcap and valerian tablets but this liquid works in 30mins so it’s great for a boost before the fireworks.
Calmex contains a unique blend of amino acids, Piper Methysticum and complex B-vitimans that aid relaxation in dogs experiencing anxiety or nervousness in stressful conditions. Calmex comes in capsule form for dogs and should be fed 30-60 minutes before the stressful situation starts. The capsules can be given whole or opened and sprinkled on food.
Nutracalm contains a specially formulated mix of L-Tryptophan,GABA, L-Theanine, Passiflora Incarnata, B Vitamins to naturally calm anxious pets and to help reduce unwanted or unruly behaviour. Nutracalm should be given 1-2 hours before desired effect to dogs or cats. The capsules can be given whole or opened and sprinkled on food.
There are also prescription medications available but you would have to see the veterinary surgeon first.
On the night itself…
- Take your dog on a long walk before it gets dark – this will tire them out and hopefully settle them down for a peaceful evening.
- Feed your dog some whole meal pasta and chicken as a meal high in carbohydrates will help to settle anxiety and calm your dog down for the evening.
- Make a den for your dog to hide in and feel safe.
- Shut curtains/blinds and keep windows, cat flaps and doors shut.
- Give your pets some new toys or chews when the fireworks are going off to distract them.
- Do not punish your pet – it will only make them more stressed.
- Try to ignore your pet if they react to the fireworks, unless they seek reassurance.
- If your cat hides on top of cupboards or under furniture, leave him alone and do not try to coax him out. This ‘bolthole’ is where he will feel most secure. It is important that your pet can access his favourite bolthole at all times.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped. If he does escape, frightened and confused animals can easily get lost.
- Bring your rabbit or guinea pig inside your home.
Drump road, Redruth, TR15 1PS, 01209 214737
Trevithick Road, Camborne, TR14 8LQ, 01209 718281
10% off neuterings at our Camborne surgery during June, July & August
For your increased convenience, from 20th June on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will have a vet at our Camborne surgery all day which enables us to extend our consultation hours.
What’s more neutering operations (castrates and spays) as well as some other surgeries can now be carried out at our Camborne practice, saving you the time and effort of having to take your pet across to Redruth.
During June, July and August we are offering a 10% discount off neuterings at Camborne.
If you would like to book an appointment for your pet or take advantage of this offer, please don’t hesitate to call and speak to a member of our team on 01209 718281
Opening Hours Redruth
Mon - Fri:
8.30am - 6.30pm
8.30am - 12.30pm
Consultations by appointment only.
Opening Hours Camborne
Mon - Fri:
9am - 6pm
9am - 12pm
Consultations by appointment only.
Tel: 01209 214737
Tel: 01209 718281