Abi has passed all her exams and is now a registered nurse. This is no mean feat as our other nurses can tell you. The amount of practical and academic work required to qualify as a veterinary nurse is quite daunting and this why you need well motivated animal nuts to do it.
All that's left to do now is perform radical surgery on that sausage dog cake!
We have just received a communication from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and DEFRA to say that, if the UK exits the EU without a deal in place ('Hard Brexit'), the current rules of travel with pets into Europe would no longer apply. The UK would then fall into a different category (an 'Unlisted Country'). Pets are still allowed to travel from Unlisted Countries but need to have a blood test to prove they have had effective rabies vaccination.
The rules for this blood test are as follows:
So, if you intend to travel shortly after 29th March 2019 then its possible you may need to have this blood test. If there is no 'Hard Brexit' and the sensible step of continuing the current Pet Passport Scheme (which already includes lots of non-EU countries) then you won't. However, as it takes a minimum of 4 months to satisfy these stricter rules we recommend you take steps now.
Other options are to arrange back up care here in the UK for your pet - kennels, house sitters or family / friends. This is all very frustrating for all of us and we can only sympathise with how disruptive it is going to be for people travelling. Please feel free to speak to us at the practice if you need more information.
If you want to see the Governments own page on this click here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
Dave is a new addition to the LBVC team. He recently graduated with Honours from the Royal Veterinary College, London.
Some of you may recognise him from your visits to the vets as he spent a lot of his university placement time at both of our branches, getting stuck in where he could whilst being trained by our vets.
Dave will be mainly based at our Wistaston branch but you will see him from time to time at Whitchurch.
Dave has a keen interest in medicine but wants to be the best all-rounder vet he can, and is very excited to meet you all.
Outside of work he enjoys going to the gym, trekking outdoors, or may occasionally be found busking with his guitar in towns across the
We wish the best of luck to Dave as he starts off his career!
We are looking for another Qualified Veterinary Nurse to join our growing team at our Wistaston branch. As the picture on the wall of our nurses room in Whitchurch shows we value all the different roles our nurses have in our practice. We will encourage any interests you may have and fund CPD and further training. If you would like to know more then contact us at the practice or drop in your CV and a covering letter to either branch.
"Oh you're a vet!? It must be great cuddling up to animals all day."
If I had a penny for every time I heard that old chestnut.
It's no surprise that with such inaccurate, sensationalised ideals of the profession that most people can recall at one point in their lives wanting nothing more than to be a vet themselves. Perhaps you were that sweet little girl, draped in a mini lab coat and fake stethoscope chasing pets round the living room? Or maybe the mud covered lad intent on giving every garden worm CPR? So if everyone considers it as a potential career why are there only 20,000 vets practising in the UK?
It’s that time of year again, the PetPlan Veterinary Awards are now open!
Nominate a star at Leonard Brothers today.
If you have had a good experience which you would like to share, or if a member of staff has gone above and beyond their job description for you, please take the time to vote for them.
Nomination categories are:
- Practice of the Year
- Vet of the Year
- Vet Nurse of the Year
- Practice Manager of the Year
- Practice Support Staff of the Year
Votes can be made online or we have nomination forms here at the practice.
Help to make us your Vet Practice of the year!
Alabama Rot has received significant media coverage in recent months after a number of cases were confirmed. We here at Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre want our clients to be informed and vigilant so please take time to read this notice.
Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) or “Alabama Rot” causes damage to the skin and kidneys. Small clots develop in blood vessels that supply these tissues leading to skin ulceration and severe dysfunction of the kidneys (kidney failure).
Currently specialists are still unaware of what causes CRGV. The same story also goes for how it is contracted. Anecdotally dogs previously infected have been walked in marshy/wooded areas with a number of cases being traced back to similar areas. Continued research paired with ongoing surveillance programmes country wide will hopefully shed some more light.
CRGV can only be confirmed when tissue of the affected organ has been submitted for testing. Given biopsies are normally invasive and suggested in patients that are already ill, many cases where CRGV is suspect no diagnosis is reached. When we are faced with patients who exhibit suspicious skin lesions, are walked in high risk areas and/or are demonstrating symptoms of renal impairment we take no chances.
In house diagnostics can be used to raise our index of suspicion and treatment is initiated on a prophylactic basis as the best chance of survival arises when treatment is initiated prior to major kidney damage. Unfortunately CRGV can often show no blood changes and so erring on the side of caution is most beneficial if the patient does indeed have the condition.
Treatment of Alabama Rot is therefore presumptive, to err on the side of caution and based on patient history, diagnostic tests and scan findings.
Owners should be vigilant of any unexplained injuries to the feet or lower leg as often the first sign is a wound. This being said we don't want every owner panicking about every cut or graze. In the past three years Anderson Moores (the current UK specialists in diagnosing CRGV) have only had 60 confirmed cases. This being said veterinary attention should be sought if concerned.
If more information is recquired feel free to follow the attached link to Vet4Pets client information page on Alabama Rot.
Rachel James MA Vet MB Cert SAM Cert VC DVC MRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology
Heart disease is a fairly common problem for cats and dogs causing issues such as breathing difficulties, collapse and exercise intolerance. Understanding the different issues with the heart allows us to tailor treatment specifically to each patient so we are really pleased to announce that Rachel James is going to be a regular visitor to our WIstaston Branch.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1999, Rachel worked in small animal general practice for 4 years during which time she gained her certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She then undertook a residency in Veterinary Cardiology at the University of Liverpool, achieving her Certificate and then subsequently her Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology. In 2007 Rachel established the cardio-respiratory referral service at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital. In 2009 Rachel achieved RCVS recognised specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology. Rachel then worked at the University of Nottingham as an Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Rachel is the current supplements editor for the Journal of Small Animal Practice and has previously been the secretary for the European society of veterinary Cardiology.
Rachel now works as a freelance cardiologist (James Specialist Veterinary Cardiology) in the northwest where she visits veterinary practices seeing cardiorespiratory referrals. We are really pleased to be able to offer Rachel room at our Wistaston branch so she can provide expert care for our clients and those of other referring veterinary practices.
Rachel presents both at nationally and internationally and has published widely in her field. Rachel’s research interests include syncope in dogs and feline cardiomyopathies.
Outside of work Rachel loves all outside pursuits with her family and animal
Rachel has always been passionate about cardiology and respiratory medicine, scanning hearts since 1999 and presenting her first abstract at BSAVA from general practice back in 2000. She aims to provide an experienced, personal and friendly service with 24 hour back up as needed whenever possible.
Rachel has already been looking at cardiac cases for us here at Leonard Brothers and is making a big impact on managing these difficult cases.
We are overjoyed to announce that our stray pussycat is now living with his new family!
His new dad has called him Baxter. Here he is with his new brother and sister, Zac and Bella.
He is already settling in really well into his new home and is loving his new cat tree!
We'd like to thank everyone for their kind words and support regarding Baxter's sad case. We are all so pleased with how well he has recovered from his surgery and are over the moon that he is living happily with his new loving family.
Ticks are a common parasite of dogs, they are most frequently seen in the warmer months from May to October. As well as being a nuisance to dogs and cats, causing painful, irritating skin reactions, the biggest concern is their ability to spread disease.
There are many fatal diseases in dogs found right across the world that are spread by ticks. Unfortunately due to the withdrawing of compulsory tick treatments for dogs returning to the UK on the pet travel scheme, some of these diseases have now been found in Britain.
For your dog to become infected with Babesiosis or Borellia Borgdorfori (Lyme's disease) the tick needs to attach and feed. It is essential for the health of your pet that this does not happen.
If a tick is attached to your dog or cat, have it removed as soon as possible to try to reduce the potential risk of the passage of pathogens into your pet.
The best way to stop ticks from attaching and feeding on your pet is with the use of tick preventative treatment. For cats and dogs we recommend Bravecto which can be purchased here at LBVC on a buy 3 get one free offer.
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Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre
501 Crewe Road
Sat 8.30am - 12.20pm
Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre
Unit 7-8 Brownlow Street Arcade