We are recruiting

RVN required

We are looking for an RVN to join our team of 9 nurses (7 RVNs and 2 SVNs) and 2 ANAs.

We are a friendly independent small animal Veterinary Hospital with a purpose-built surgery and excellent facilities. We pride ourselves on providing excellent standards of client and patient care having recently been designated as outstanding in the RCVS practice standards scheme for the Emergency and Critical Care, Inpatient care, Team and Diagnostic Service awards.

You will be supported by a team of experienced veterinary nurses, many with emergency and critical care or diploma qualifications.

Your responsibilities will include providing in-patient care and monitoring anaesthesia together with contributing to our popular nurse consultations.

The role could be either part time or full time. We provide an out of hours emergency service for our clients and a small number of other veterinary practices in the area. Overnight out of hours nursing cover, both during the week and weekends, is provided by a dedicated overnight team.

Salary will be dependent on experience. CPD is strongly encouraged and three days CPD is provided although we would welcome and actively support someone studying additional qualifications. RCVS and VDS fees are paid. Holiday allowance is 28 days per year pro rata (including bank holidays).

For more information please call 01483 414747 to speak to our head nurse Tracy Ambrose. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to clare@milfordvets.co.uk.

Emergency and Critical Care Vets

We are looking for one more Emergency and Critical Care vet to help expand our out of hours service alongside our current out of hours vets. We are a friendly independent Tier 3 Veterinary Hospital with a purpose built surgery and excellent facilities.

These include:-  

  • digital radiography (including digital dental radiography)
  • ultrasound (including doppler)
  • endoscopy (flexible, rigid and laparoscopy)
  • in-house laboratory (including blood gases)
  • Infusion pumps & CCTV for in patients

We pride ourselves on providing excellent standards of client and patient care having recently been designated as outstanding in the RCVS practice standards scheme for the Emergency and Critical Care, Inpatient care, Team and Diagnostic Service awards.

We provide out of hours cover for our own clients and local practices amounting to approximately 14 full time vet equivalents. The intention is that the service will be quiet enough to provide the best possible, high quality, inpatient and outpatient care, as well as allowing for periods of rest most nights.

You will be supported by a team of experienced veterinary nurses, many with emergency and critical care or diploma qualifications.

Your responsibilities will include providing in-patient care, out-patient consultations and advice, hospital handovers to the day veterinary surgeons and discharge of patients to member practices and their owners.

The exact rota is flexible but the hours of work that will need to be shared are 7.00pm to 8.30am Monday to Thursday 1 week in 6. We also need cover 1 in 2 weekends, from 7.00pm Friday to 8.30am Monday. This will be on a strict rotation drawn up well in advance, but we can be flexible and split shifts over the weekend if needed. We are also looking for occasional locum cover. The successful applicant will also be expected to be part of the bank holiday rota and would need to work a day shift on one or two bank holidays per year.

Salary will be dependent on the share of the rota but is commensurate with experience. CPD is strongly encouraged and CPD (pro-rata) is provided (although we would welcome and support further someone studying towards a certificate). RCVS and VDS fees are paid. Holiday allowance is standard according to hours worked, or can be paid in lieu. Accommodation in a self contained flat will be provided for staff who need to stay locally between consecutive shifts. We would accept applications from self-employed vets.

For more information please call 01483 414747 to speak to Sheena Milne or Simon Burgess. We can also arrange for you to speak to one of our current out of hours vet who has been with us for 2 years. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to sheena@milfordvets.co.uk

 

 

 

Autumn Poisons

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There are a number of common Autumn poisons that dogs and cats are prone to eating.

Acorns and horse chestnuts are generally eaten by dogs and cause vomiting, diahorrea. However they can cause intestinal blockages which can require emergency surgery. Short term or long term ingestion of substantial amounts of acorns can cause severe liver and kidney disease. So we would recommend discouraging your dog eating them.

Increasingly at Fireworks night Luminous toys and jewellery are sold. The luminous compounds are very attractive to cats. Licking and ingestion causes irritation in the mouth, excessive salivation , vomiting and abdominal pain.

If you have any concerns please call the practice 01483 414747

Veterinary Nurse to Animal Physiotherapist

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We are very excited for our physiotherapist Donna Boddie who has recently had an article published in Animal Therapy Magazine. Donna has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today and we couldn’t be more proud of her.

http://www.animaltherapymedia.co.uk/latest/      (pages 16-17)

Dental awareness month

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This August is dental awareness month. This is to keep us on our toes with our pet’s dental hygiene and the importance of looking after their teeth. Dental hygiene should start from a young age and should be carried out throughout your pet’s life. This will help minimise health implications that can come from poor dental hygiene.

  • Healthy teeth means better breath
  • Dental disease can lead to heart problems
  • Retained baby teeth can cause gum irritation and tartar build up
  • Looking after your pets teeth can prevent other health problems
  • Dogs and cats are very good at hiding dental pain and you may not know about it until the disease is advanced If you would like to learn more about dental hygiene for your pet we are offering a range of services in the practice such as free dental nurse checks, demonstrations on how to clean dogs and cat’s teeth, free samples of toothpaste, finger brushes and food, there will also a 10% discount off all dentals booked in August. If you are worried or have any concerns over your pet’s dental hygiene you can book in to see either the vet or the nurse at any time.

Rabbit Vaccine update

There have recently been an increasing number of cases of a new strain of Viral Haemorrhagic disease in rabbits that is not covered by the existing vaccine. Whilst this new strain is less fatal than the old strain, it still kills most rabbits, but over a slightly longer time period of time.

We are now able to source the Filavac vaccine needed for rabbits to protect them against VHD2. There is a small amount of paperwork required for us to source the vaccine so we recommend that you contact our reception team to express you interest in the Filavac vaccination.

Raising money for the Friends of the Strays of Greece

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In June Sheena will be traveling back to Greece to carry out more neutering and provide veterinary treatment for the sick cats and dogs.
Last year the money that we raised covered all the medication that was used during the week and we would love to be able to do this again.

We are only able to accept cash donations at the practice, If you would like to donate to the charity directly then this can be done via their website http://www.straysofgreece.org/.

Changes to Pet Insurance

Recently the Royal Sun Alliance (RSA) have made changes to the pet health policies which they underwrite. This change includes policies provided by More Than, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Tesco, Argos and Homebase.

They have changed the policy wording on all new and renewed policies to now include a ‘preferred referral centre’.  If your pet is referred to a specialist who is not on the RSA preferred referral centre list you will likely be charged an extra £200 in addition to your policy excess. Some of the main referral centres we refer to who are not in the list are Fitzpatrick referrals, Anderson Moores and North Downs Specialist referrals. However, Fitzpatrick Referrals and Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists now fund the £200 RSA fee.

If you are insured with the above companies, and your referral is not an emergency, we would recommend checking with your insurer so you are aware of any extra charges that they may deduct from future claims. RSA have said that if the pet needs emergency treatment for a situation that if not resolved immediately will lead to a loss of life or cause a serious threat to the present or ongoing health of your pet you will not have to pay the additional £200 excess regardless of which referral vet you visit.

So clients are clear of the policy changes and how it affects them, we would recommend contacting your insurance company for full clarification.

Easter Toxins

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Chocolate- The cocoa solids in chocolate contain Theobromine which can be poisonous to dogs. All chocolate-white, milk and dark-can contain Theobromine. If your dog has eaten some chocolate please bring the wrapper with you so that the vet can determine how much cocoa solids may have been eaten.

 

Bones- Small and cooked bones especially from poultry can fragment into pieces with sharp edges when chewed by dogs. If swallowed these can then become stuck in the digestive tract and may require surgery to remove.

 

Gums and Sweeteners- Chewing gum, diet foods and sweeteners contain Xylitol which can be poisonous to your dog. Check the packet for E967 or xylitol if your dog has eaten something you think may contain an artificial sweetener.

 

Flowers, Plants & Bulbs – Many bulbs, garden and house plants can be poisonous to dogs, if your dog eats one it can be vital to bring part of the plant to the vet for identification, if you aren’t sure what it is called or don’t have a label.

 

Onions- All of the onion family, including shallots, leeks and chives whether they are cooked, dried or raw can be poisonous to dogs. Lots of savoury foods can contain onions- if in doubt check the packaging.

 

Raisins, Currants and Sultanas – Raisins, currants and sultanas can be poisonous to dogs so take care to keep buns and cakes away from your dog.