At Ian McConnell Vets we pride ourselves on the wide range of services and Pet Healthcare advice that we can offer. From Health checks and vaccinations to surgical procedures, x-rays and other complementary services. Take a look at the information below to find out more.
A minimum annual healthcheck is recommended for dogs, cats and rabbits, along with vaccinations for major disease prevention. More frequent checks may be recommended for young or older pets or for those on medication. For more details on vaccinations, contact our veterinary team.
A major role in preventative healthcare is to keep your pet free from external and internal parasites. These include fleas, ticks, mites and worms of various types. We can individually tailor a parasite prevention programme for your pet that will be easy to follow and administer by yourself. For more details on vaccinations, contact our veterinary or nursing team.
We perform most types of surgery including neutering, dental work, orthopaedics and eye surgery, to name but a few. The practice supports the many subsidised neutering schemes. We also undertake radiography (including dental), ultrasound and endoscopy.
The practice offers a full dispensing service to registered clients and the surgery is open all day to collect medications. We would ask that 24 hours notice be given before collection so that the medication can be made up and checked. Some veterinary products (marked POM-V) cannot be dispensed unless the animal has been seen by a vet recently. We are also able to offer prescriptions for products to be dispensed elsewhere (there is a charge for this service) and registered clients can order repeat medications via our online form.
The practice has several veterinary surgeon staff who are licenced “Official Veterinarians” and are able to advise on all aspects of the PETS Travel Scheme and exportation of pets. We can advise on a full range of checks and tests needed. Although not a legal requirement, we strongly recommend that all pets are treated for ticks before going abroad.
The practice offers acupuncture as a complementary therapy to our usual conventional medicine. Jill Atkin BVMS, MRCVS is a member of the British Veterinary Acupuncturists and has been successfully treating cases in our surgery for several years. Many common problems such as arthritis, chronic back pain disc problems etc can be treated using this method. Please contact us for information.
Ian McConnell BSc (Hons) BVM&S MRCVS heads our behavioural clinics with support from nursing team. We aim to provide support and treatment of behavioural issues that your pet may be showing but we also provide a whole host of other related services such as pre-purchase advice of puppies and kittens, education programmes for schools and workplaces, dangerous dogs, basic training, aggression, separation problems, inappropriate toileting/spraying, fears and phobias, coprophagia (eating faeces), compulsive disorders (excessive licking, tail chasing etc). Behaviour problems are a significant welfare issue for the pet and can be extremely stressful for the owner. Often in desperation, owners will try various methods including punishing or exerting dominance to stop unwanted behaviours. This advice often comes from the television/internet/friends/trainers and is usually unsuccessful. More worryingly the methods employed will often make the behaviour worse in the long term.
The vet is often consulted as a last resort!
In severe cases, the pet owner may decide that they can’t cope any longer and have reached breaking point that often ends up with the unfortunate animal being destroyed.
Our fees are based on the amount of time spent on the individual case much the same as any other medical problem. As a veterinary surgeon is dealing with your case, it may also be possible to claim against your pet insurance policy if this provides for behavioural issues as many policies do now.
For further information or to book an appointment for this service please telephone 01457 837900.
The practice recommends that all animals should be insured through a reputable insurance company. For insured clients, the normal procedure is to settle any bills directly with the practice in the first instance and, at the end of treatment (or at regular intervals if an ongoing condition) to provide a claim form with the policyholder details fully completed, to allow us to provide essential clinical history and treatment costs to the insurance company.