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News

Protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’

3 June 2015

There are currently no rules or regulations in place to protect the title ‘veterinary nurse’ which means that anyone, regardless of a lack of relevant training or education, can call themselves a veterinary nurse...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Tom Reilly CertECC RVN

29 May 2015

Our fourth feature highlights the role of Tom our Medicine Nurse. Tom joined Willows nursing team in 2011. Working with animals has always been Tom’s passion...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Lisa Hardman

28 May 2015

Throughout May, Willows have been celebrating their outstanding veterinary nurses, and our next feature highlights the role of Lisa Hardman, who is one of our student veterinary nurses...

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Dave and Skud – Itching to be the first!

27 May 2015

Siblings Dave and Skud are 4 year old Hungarian Vizslas, and have been inseparable since birth. It goes without saying that things like walking, playing, eating, and sleeping have always been done together. However, when Dave and Skud reached their first birthday...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Kylie Soar BSc DipAVN RVN

26 May 2015

Continuing with our celebration of Willows outstanding veterinary nurses throughout May, our next feature highlights the role of Kylie Soar, ward nurse co-ordinator. Kylie has been part of the team here at Willows for 6 years...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Laura Tobin BSc (Hons) RVN VTS (Anaesthesia)

22 May 2015

Our third feature highlights the role of Laura our anaesthesia nurse. Laura left school after completing her A-levels but at that point wasn't too sure what she wanted to study at university...

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Mystery solved for Ruby

20 May 2015

Ruby is usually an energetic Springer Spaniel, but recently she lost her zest for life, and her owners became very concerned as she had been vomiting on and off for a few weeks and was producing dark faeces. Her home vets referred Ruby to see Kirsty Roe, one of the medicine Specialists at Willows.

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Your dog could be a life-saver!

18 May 2015

Dog Blood Donor Sessions at Willows

A significant number of the patients we see at Willows have life-threatening diseases associated with blood loss and severe anaemia. Some of these unfortunate pets need transfusions with blood or blood products, and many of our doggy patients have benefitted from treatment that would not have been possible without the help and support of the Pet Blood Bank...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Claire Baber NCert (A&CC) A1 RVN

15 May 2015

Our second feature highlights the role of Claire our non- surgical assistant nurse manager. Claire has worked at Willows for 10 years and had a passion for animals from a very young age...

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Alabama rot, cause still remains elusive

13 May 2015

Since November 2012 more than 40 dogs in the UK are reported to have clinical and pathological findings similar to those reported in the USA in the 1980s in greyhounds associated with a condition called Alabama rot...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month
Amy Bowcott RVN DipAVN(Surgical)

8 May 2015

After joining the Willows team over 10 years ago, Amy Bowcott developed a skill and passion for working in the theatre environment and ensuring patients receive exemplary care...

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‘Paws’ for thought - Bob's story

6 May 2015

Bob is a lovely, people-friendly Labrador who at 9 years of age is now entering his senior years. His owners became very worried recently when Bob lost his typical Labrador’s enthusiasm for food and also became quite lethargic...

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Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

1 May 2015

During the month of May, the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) is creating awareness of the veterinary nursing profession and the provision of responsible pet care...

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Can our feline friends help us in the fight against diabetes and asthma?

24 April 2015

Scientists believe that the genetic profiles of domestic short hair cats may contain clues  about diseases that both cats and humans suffer from...

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A fragrant tale of Buzz!

22 April 2015

Buzz, an adorable three month old puppy, had settled into his new home very happily. However, one day he started to feel very unwell, and began to vomit shortly after eating his evening meal. His owners were very worried...

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A warm welcome to Amy

20 April 2015

We are delighted to welcome Amy Knapman to our team of general practice vets...

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Topsy’s very ‘bag’ idea...

17 April 2015

Topsy, a young Labrador Retriever with a typical Labrador’s interest in anything remotely edible, recently found a plastic bag with some very interesting crumbs in it...

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We are delighted to announce a new member of the Ophthalmology team!

15 April 2015

We are delighted to welcome Rodrigo Pinheiro de Lacerda to our Ophthalmology team...

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Bobbi bounces back

10 April 2015

Bobbi, a handsome 5 year old crossbreed, was found abandoned in a poor condition in Romania in January 2014. He was unable to walk very well...

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Sam’s success story!

8 April 2015

The owners of Sam, an 11-year-old Border Collie cross, became very concerned when they noticed that he was developing a rapidly growing lump on his lower jaw...

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Keep your pet safe over Easter!

2 April 2015

Whilst the traditional Easter egg hunt can be great fun for the family, pet owners need to take additional care to avoid ingestion of chocolate by their pets...

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A fifth Specialist joins the orthopaedic team!

1 April 2015

Due to Willows continued expansion, we are very pleased to welcome RCVS and European Small Animal Surgery Specialist, Scott Rutherford, who has joined our orthopaedic team...

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Re-introduction of the Eurasian Lynx in the UK

31 March 2015

The last British lynx is believed to have disappeared from these shores in around 700 AD. The Lynx UK Trust has chosen an area near Huntly in Aberdeenshire, as well as two other sites in Norfolk and Cumbria, for a trial re-introduction of this ‘big cat’...

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Willows Welcome Two New Veterinary Surgeons

30 March 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have an additional two Veterinary Surgeons joining the Willows team; they will be joining our internship programme...

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The Curious Case of a Runny Nose...

27 March 2015

At 19 years old, Minou, a domestic long-haired cat, doesn't go outside very often. He spends most of his day at home, curled up on the sofa (what a life!). However, one day Minou's owner noticed that he had suddenly started sneezing and developed a runny nose and snuffly breathing...

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A step forward for registered veterinary nurses!

25 March 2015

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recently announced that veterinary nursing is now a regulated profession. This is exciting for the team of 43 veterinary nurses at Willows – it signifies that all veterinary nurses will be registered by the RCVS and recognised as the true professionals that they are...

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NEW Dermatology Service at Willows

20 March 2015

We are delighted to announce that Jon Hardy MA VetMB MVetMed DipECVD MRCVS European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology has joined the Willows team to offer our patients a Specialist-run Dermatology Service.

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Louis’ long fight back

18 March 2015

They say that cats have nine lives, but Louis the Norwegian Forest cat must have used up one or two of them when he was hit by a car back in April 2011...

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A helping hand for Holly’s hormones

13 March 2015

The owners of Holly, a beautiful one-year-old Labrador retriever, knew that something must be wrong when she went off her food (very unusual for a Labrador!) and developed signs of lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. Holly’s home vets found that she had a high calcium level in her bloodstream, and they referred her to Willows’ medicine team for further assessment...

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Roses Are Red...
Roses are red, Jason the stray, found his way home – on Valentine’s Day!

11 March 2015

On Valentine’s Day this year, a wandering cat was brought to Willows Emergency Service by a good Samaritan called Lisa. She had found the (so far, nameless) cat mooching in her garden and was concerned that it was lost...

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