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Nurse Jenny locks in on voluntary work

26 August 2011

Willows Veterinary Nurse, Jenny Jones, recently swapped her nurse’s uniform for a hard hat and high-vis jacket in order to volunteer for the Waterway Recovery Group, a subsidiary of the Inland Waterways Association...


Health warning! – Lungworm on the increase in dogs!

23 August 2011

Angiostrongylus vasorum, or lungworm, used to be considered a problem confined to the South West of England and Wales, but it has been increasingly diagnosed in dogs in the Midlands and elsewhere in the UK...


French bulldog ‘urnee’ tells willows veterinary staff to ‘get on your bike!

19 August 2011

Urnee McClaughlin’s owner was so pleased with the treatment and care he received during his recent stay at Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service, that she made a generous donation of £1000 as a ‘thank you’ to all the staff...


Willows is coming to Crufts 2011!

2 March 2011

Willows will, for the first time, have a stand at Crufts this year.  Our presence throughout each of the four days of the event will give dog owners and breeders (and any passing vets or veterinary nurses!) an opportunity to meet with  a number of members of our veterinary, nursing and management teams. 

So, if you are visiting Crufts this year do come and visit us on Stand 198A in Hall 1 - you can pick our brains, learn more about our services, pick up some free gifts and take the opportunity to enter our Crufts Competition with the chance of winning a £500 cash prize!  We look forward to seeing you there!


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Veterinary Professional Newsletter - Spring 2011

1 March 2011

Our latest Update is filled with news about Willows services and staff.  It also contains interesting case reports, practical tips for practitioners and a ‘What’s your diagnosis?’ quiz to test your ophthalmic knowledge...


Willows launches its own in-house emergency service

4 October 2010

From now on, if your pet is registered with Willows' general practice clinic and he or she becomes ill in the night, over a weekend or on a bank holiday, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that there is always a Willows' veterinary surgeon awake, on our premises and on duty who you can speak to for advice and who you can come to see if necessary. All you need to do is to telephone 0121 712 7070


One year on at Willows...

4 August 2010

It  barely seems possible that it is now a year since we moved into our new state-of-the-art hospital.

It has been a busy year for Willows, as the number of patients we treat has increased and the new services that we are offering have proven popular.  The numbers of staff in the practice have...


Visit to Tenacres school

13 July 2010

On Tuesday 13 July 2010, Laura Shaw one of our primary vets, visited Tenacres First School in Redditch.  She held an assembly for the whole school talking about the care of pets.  The aim was to discuss important issues in the care of all pet species and to bring home the message that all pets need looking after in many different ways. 



All Patched up! A success story for Patch, a young Jack Russell Terrier

22 June 2010

Patch, a 6 month old Jack Russell puppy, was referred as an emergency to Willows neurology department. Over the previous 2 days Patch had become very unwell and her head and body had started to twist to one side.



Pet Drawing Competition Result

20 May 2010

Congratulations to all the entrants of our recent children’s drawing competition!

We were delighted with the number (over 300!) and quality of the entries. Drawings, paintings and collages were all entered. It was heart-warming to see how well loved all these pets are.



Adder Warning!

30 April 2010

The pleasant spring weather we enjoyed recently was a delight to all dog owners. We are all keen to get out there and enjoy our dogs in the fresh air and sunshine (and not have to get the hose and towels out afterwards!). However, a word of warning to take care while you are out - adders may also be enjoying a bask in the sun. Adders are Britain’s...


Marathon Man!

25 April 2010

Congratulations to Bill Oxley, one of Willows orthopaedic surgeons, who completed in the 2010 London Marathon in just over 4 hours.



Pet Drawing Competition

2 April 2010

To celebrate National Pet Month, we are running our own Pet Drawing and Painting Competition for children

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entires in each of three classes

In addition, EVERY entry handed in at Willows Veterinary Centre will receive a small prize...



Open Evenings

23 March 2010

An open invitation to evening tours of Willows all-new premises

We would like to invite you to attend an evening tour of our state of the art premises. The tours, open to both Willows' clients and non clients, are intended to showcase the facilities, services and levels of patient care that we offer.


Willows launches new Internship Program

23 February 2010

Willows now offers exciting career opportunities for veterinary surgeons who wish to develop their careers, either through later specialist level training or by providing the foundations for later development in high quality general small animal practice. Successful candidates will be part of a team of four interns working alongside referral clinicians in all of our specialist disciplines.

Applicants will need to have had at least two years post-graduate experience, preferably in general practice.

To read more about this exciting opportunity, please visit our careers section.

Willows Student Nurses gain their qualifications

16 February 2010

Our first two Student Veterinary Nurses, Danielle Cleverley and Hannah Hindmarch, have both qualified at their first attempt.  Danielle and Hannah have both worked in our nursing team during their two year course, and much of their training has been carried out in-house by our qualified Veterinary Nurses and A1 Assessors.


Laura Shaw returns after maternity leave

14 February 2010

We are delighted to announce the return of Laura Shaw to her role as Primary Care Clinician.  Laura has been on maternity leave after becoming a mum to baby Brigid in early 2009.

Laura is looking forward to working in our new hospital - we were still at Tanworth Lane when she left us.  We are sure that those general practice clients who got to know Laura will be very pleased to see her back in the first-opinion clinic. 


Key-hole soft tissue surgery now available at Willows

9 February 2010

Our soft tissue surgeons, Prof. Rob White DSAS (Soft Tissue) DipECVS and Chris Shales DipECVS are pleased now to offer a small incision approach for a variety of procedures including that of ovariectomy (female neutering or 'spay').  Small incision surgery requires the use of specialised equipment, most importantly a variety of rigid endoscopes.


Willows Grand Opening on
Saturday 22 August 2009

22 August 2009

Willows celebrated the move into their new state of the art premises with an Opening Ceremony conducted by TV and radio celebrity, Gyles Brandreth.

The day started with Gyles cutting the ribbon in the main entrance to the new state-of-the-art building which has been four years in the planning and building...


Willows has moved

17 August 2009


Highlands Road


West Midlands  B90 4NH

Telephone: 0121 712 7070

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New Building Virtual Tour

20 July 2009

Take a virtual tour of selected rooms within the new hospital - including Waiting Room, Intensive Care Facilities, MRI Scanner and Surgical Preparation Area.


Willows brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art hospital

1 May 2009

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service will be relocating to a brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art hospital in July 2009.

The hospital will be located on the Cranmore Business Park in Shirley, Solihull only a few minutes drive from junction 4 of the M42 and from our current premises.


First knee replacement operation in a dog in Europe

22 August 2007

On 22 August Grace, a seven year old bearded collie, become the first dog in Europe to have a total knee replacement. Her owners travelled to Willows Referral Service from Whitley Bay in Northumberland to have this pioneering surgery.


Terrier Taggart

30 November -1

We love to hear how our patients are getting on and Taggart’s owners wanted to share the lovely photos of him and his friend Dylan...


Be livestock aware when walking your dog...

30 November -1

...it is far better to be safe than sorry...

At this time of year when lambing season is in full swing please be mindful when walking your dog...


Willows vets are cover stars!

30 November -1

Research from Willows vets has recently appeared on the front cover of the Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal.  This ground-breaking research was headed by Carolin Chiwitt, who was recently one of our Ophthalmology Residents...


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