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News

November 2018

Changes to Pet Travel in the event of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

The RCVS has given guidelines to owners who wish to travel to the EU in the event of a 'No-Deal' Brexit.

An overview for pet owners

Pet owners will still be able to travel to Europe with their pet after the UK leaves the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. However, in the event of no deal, they may need to take some additional steps to be able to travel with their pet to the EU.

If pet owners are planning to travel after 29 March 2019 the Government will recommend they contact their vet at least four months in advance to check what they need to do.

Those wishing to travel to the EU on 30 March 2019, for example, should discuss requirements with their vet as soon as possible and by 28 November 2018 at the latest.

The requirements for travel would include making sure that pets are effectively vaccinated against rabies before they travel. This involves having an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody.

The blood test would need to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after any initial rabies vaccination and a minimum of three months before their travel date. This means that pet owners will need to talk to their vet about health requirements in good time to make sure they are able to travel with their pet.

The Government has published further guidance for pet owners on its website here

(Content from RCVS)



March 2018

Village Vets is participating in the Dogs Trust Neutering campaign. If you are on a means tested benefit and have one of below breeds of dog, you are able to get your dog neutered at the practice for £35.
Breeds are:

Akita
Jack Russell Terrier
American Bull Dog
Lurcher
Border Collie
Malamute
Crossbreed-where the primary breed is one of the others listed
Mastiff
German Shepherd
Rottweiler
Greyhound
Samoyed
Husky
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Please contact the practice for more details

February 2017

Village Vets is now proud to be part of the Galedin Veterinary group of independent practices.

We share our core values of providing a local, friendly, personal service to our clients. This is delivered by practice teams of professionals committed to caring for all out patients based on clinical need and in partnership with their owners.
Being part of the larger group allows us to share skills and resources to offer the best options to all animals entrusted to our care, as well as developing and investing in our people and facilities.

We are committed to protecting the route for young veterinary professionals to progress within the practice, securing the futures of local families, providing employment and securing sustainable, affordable veterinary services for our communities.

February 2016

Cats Protection Neutering Scheme
 

From the 1st of February 2016 until the end of the year, the practice is working with Cats Protection to provide a neutering service to eligible cat owners.
If you live in postcode areas EH1-EH55 and ML12, and are on state benefits, or a low household income, you have the opportunity to have your cat neutered for £5.

Please call the practice for further details.




October 2015



We are stocking a new product- Pet Remedy- which is a destressing and calming remedy made from natural products. It comes in a plug-in diffuser and spray, is suitable for all mammals and birds showing signs of stress and anxiety and begins to work immediately.
Ask at the practice for more details.


September 2015

We’ve recently taken a lot of time investigating and researching the various diets on the market. After careful consideration we have taken the decision to stock Burn’s food and Lily’s Kitchen as our primary diets, with other diets available on request.

Burns are a UK based company, founded by Veterinary Surgeon, John Burns. Their food is based on homemade diets made from the highest quality ingredients, containing no secret ingredients or artificial additives and are competitively priced.
The proteins used are chicken, lamb, fish and duck, which are both nutritious and highly digestible. The ingredients do not change if cheaper ingredients become available, which can be particularly important for any animals with food intolerances.
Wherever possible ingredients are ethically and locally sourced with accreditations from The Ethical Shopping Guide, Compassion in World Farming and The British Hen Welfare Trust. The company does not test on animals.

For more information about Burns Pet Foods please click below



Lily’s Kitchen is pet food made from human grade, quality ingredients, with no artificial ingredients or derivatives. Their food is produced in small batches, rather than mass production, with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental welfare, over speed and convenience.

Every ingredient is itemised on the label so you know exactly what you are feeding your pet. All the cat food recipes are grain free, with a range of grain free food for dogs. They use organic ingredients where possible and only use sustainable fish. All packaging is recyclable, with the dry food and treat bags being compostable. They are rated top ethical pet food company on the Ethical Good Shopping Guide.

For more information on Lily's Kitchen, please click below.




July 2015



As I am sure most people are aware, the Scottish Government recently announced that it will be compulsory by law that all dogs are microchipped by April 2016.
From the 15th of July 2015 for a limited time of 6 months, we are working with Dogs Trust to offer FREE MICROCHIPPING to all dog owners. We will be offering Veterinary Nurse clinics for this service only at Village Vets on a Thursday afternoon.

Please contact the practice to make an appointment.



March 2015

**** ATTENTION PET HEALTHCARE PLAN CLIENTS ****
We are delighted to let you know of changes to the benefits of your plan.
As you are aware our PHP currently allows clients to spread the cost of routine vaccinations and flea and worm treatment over the year. It also offers clients a six month health check each year and discounts off selected services.
We are now extending this discount to 10% off ALL products and services, including consultations, surgical procedures, medications, pet food, and petcare products.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Village Vets and your continued support to enable us to provide the best possible health care for your pet.

If you are not already a member of the scheme why not sign up today!


January 2015

The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Village Vets accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment means everyone working at Village Vets receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “We are delighted to welcome Village Vets to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer."

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 1,000 leading employers, including Village Vets, ranging from independent printers, hairdressers and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that."

For more info, please visit www.livingwage.org.uk/



November 2014


November is Pet Diabetes Month!
Diabetes is becoming increasingly common amongst our pets, with an estimated 1 in 200 pets suffering from the disease.
The main clinical signs include excessive thirst, frequent urination, excessive hunger but losing weight, lethargy and cataracts (dogs). It's a condition often associated with older pets (cats and dogs over 6 years old are often more at risk), putting on weight and inactivity. Certain breeds are also at higher risk of developing the condition.
If your pet is showing any of these signs you should seek Veterinary attention. There are a number of diseases with similar clinical signs and diagnosis can be done quickly with a couple of tests.







June 2014




Recommend a Friend Scheme


At Village Vets we appreciate that the best form of recommendation comes from loyal clients who value the care they receive from our practice.
In recognition of this, from Monday the 9th of June we are starting a ‘Recommend a Friend’ voucher scheme.

Simply print a copy of our voucher form here or pick up a copy at the practice, fill in your details and pass it on to the friend you wish to recommend. When your friend brings the completed form in the first time they bring their animal to the practice, we will send you your £10 voucher by post and credit your friend £10.

Please see our Terms and Conditions below:

  • Vouchers are only valid for services and products provided by Village Vets.
  • Only 1 voucher is redeemable per transaction.
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other voucher or offer.
  • Not exchangeable for cash or equivalent and is non-transferable.
  • There is no limit to the number of friends an individual client can recommend.
  • The offer is only valid for friends who are bringing an animal to the practice for the first time.
  • Only 1 voucher can be redeemed by each new client/household.
  • The practice reserves the right to reject any application where there is reason to believe fraud is involved


November 2013



Since 1956 the Dog Aid Society of Scotland has been providing support and assistance for families who face the difficult decision to re-home their much loved pets.
The main aim of the Society is to re-home dogs, however the Society also has a Neutering Scheme and a Veterinary Aid Scheme for owners on a low income.

The Neutering scheme enables dog owners who are on benefits to have their dog neutered at a reduced cost. The Society is currently providing £50 vouchers to eligible applicants.
Please see their website for more details and to download an application form.
http://www.dogaidsociety.com/


October 2013


Frontline Combo Special Offer!

The best way to protect your home and your pet from fleas is to use a dual-action product that contains both:
• an ingredient which kills adult fleas
• an ingredient which prevents flea eggs and larvae from developing into new fleas
This is important because only 5% of a flea problem is on your pet. 95% of the flea problem exists in the pet’s environment – your home.
Each female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day, so an infestation can accumulate quickly if you don’t routinely protect your pet.

From the 1st of October until the end of November, Village Vets is running a special offer on Frontline Combo. Buy a 3 pack of Frontline Combo flea and tick treatment and get 1 vial free, or buy a 6 pack of flea and tick treatment and get 2 vials free!

June 2013


June is National Microchipping Month.

How would you feel if you lost your pet?

Even the best loved and well trained pet can go missing or get lost. Whatever the reason, you can’t be sure that a collar and tag will still be there and legible when your pet is found.

What can you do?
A microchip is a simple way to ensure that should your pet go missing, they can be easily identified and returned home. When your pet is found, a scanner is used to detect the microchip and read the unique identity code. The details of the scanned chip are checked against a pet database and the registered owner of the pet is contacted. Scanners are routinely used by vets, rescue societies and animal wardens all over the country.

At Village Vets this June, in support of National Microchipping Month, we are offering microchipping at the special offer of £15 which is a discount of over 50%!!
Please contact us at the practice on 01875853853 to book your appointment.


April 2013

Just to let everyone know about our vaccination amnesty campaign. As I’m sure you are aware, vaccinations are important to protect your pets against potentially life-threatening diseases. We do send reminders when vaccination boosters are due, however, we recognise that with today’s hectic lifestyle, these can be missed or mislaid and people can let these important vaccinations lapse. A full primary course of vaccines is then required to ensure your pet is fully protected.

From now until the end of May, Village Vets are offering the price of a full course of vaccinations, at the reduced price of a booster!
Please contact the practice to make an appointment or for further details.


January 2013

Pounds for Hounds



Vet practices around the country are calling on all dog owners to help raise vital funds for the charity Hounds for Heroes, by having their dog vaccinated for Kennel Cough. The ‘Pounds for Hounds’ initiative will run until 11 November 2013.

Established in 2010 by Gulf War Veteran Allen Parton, Hounds for Heroes provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK armed forces and civilian emergency services.

"It costs £20,000 to train and provide lifetime funding for one of these dogs and it is initiatives such as Pounds for Hounds that help us get