It is with great sadness that I announce that we have been forced to out-source the out of hours services.  Small animal emergencies will be referred to Wear Referrals at Bowburn (see 'emergencies' page) and large animals to Blythman and Partners.

This goes against all our principals, but the extreme difficulty in finding veterinary surgeons willing to participate in our out of hours rota has now forced this upon us.    We have been advertising for vets since August 2016 without managing to fill the vacancies and get up to full strength.

We have referred to Wear as they have a very high standard hospital, manned 24/7 by dedicated, permanent staff.   They are easy to find, only 14 minutes travel time away, and will inform us of the details of any cases seen the following morning.

In patients  admitted to our surgery during the day will continue to receive care overnight here as required.

Cover for horses and farm animals is being provided by Blythmans, and details will be on the answering machine out of hours.

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Changes to RSPCA Injured Stray Policy

Ever wondered what happens if your animal strays, is injured, then is brought to vets by a well-meaning stranger?   You might assume that the RSPCA would help by providing some funding to enable your animal to be treated, and in fact this was the case in the past.   Practices were granted limited funding to provide emergency care.    THE RULES HAVE NOW CHANGED.

The RSPCA will only fund injured stray animals if the finder phones them first, before bringing into the vets, and the RSPCA then decide which practice the case should be taken to.   In this circumstance, they will provide limited funding for the treatment of the animal.   Animals brought directly into a practice will no longer be funded, and will rely on the practice itself funding intial treatment.   Of course, in most cases, this will be done, but seriously injured animals requiring a lot of care may need to be euthanased due to financial considerations.   As a caring practice, we would hate to be put into this position, but can forsee situations in which it will arise.

PLEASE, PLEASE GET ALL YOUR PETS MICROCHIPPED.   This allows rapid identification of stray animals and lets us contact their owners, sometimes before they even realise their pet is missing!

Despite repeated meetings with the RSPCA, the new system is in force, and is unlikely to be changed.

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