Griffiths & Stoakes
Tel: 01531 633141
Fax: 01531 634830
Monday - Friday
8.30am - 6.00pm
8.30am - 1.00pm
24hr Emergency Service
Tel: 01531 633141
RCVS Standards Scheme
Services We Offer:-
- Two experienced caring vets who follow their cases through to ensure good continuity;
- Registered nurse training centre;
- Fully equipped Operating theatre with modern anaesthetic and surgical facilities.
- Comfortable heated in-patient accommodation for cats, other small animals and all sizes of dogs;
- Onsite laboratory for fast track testing, including biochemistry, haematology, cytology, bacteriology and endocrinology. More sophisticated testing by specialist referral laboratories provides expert opinion;
- Telemedicine now available using a digital camera & e-mail to send images of microscope slides & xrays to pathology & radiology specialists for a fast track referral opinion;
- Modern diagnostic equipment including:
- X-ray machine,
- ECG machine,
- Ultrasound scanner,
- Ultrasonic dental descaling, polishing and other dental work,
- ASIF orthopaedic bone plating equipment.
- Computerised records for all patients, which ensures that all salient facts are readily available;
- We use a CD-ROM system for dogs, cats and horses to keep us up to date with the most recent developments in veterinary treatment and medicine;
- Referral to orthopaedic, cardiac, ophthalmic or dermatological specialists can be easily arranged if necessary;
- Emergency cases will be seen at any time. If possible please phone first so that we are prepared for your arrival and can give first aid advice;
- 24 Hour emergency service is provided at all times, with out of hours calls taken by experienced staff who will have the duty vet return your call or meet you at the surgery or home as required;
- House calls and collection of your pet from home are available if required.
It is very important that your petís weight is correct. Incorrect nutrition (including over and under feeding) or an underlying disease condition can cause obesity or thinness. If you are concerned about your petís weight please contact the surgery and speak to one of our nurses who will arrange an appointment for you and your pet.
Nurse dental checks
It is very important that your petís teeth are kept clean. Dirty teeth covered in plaque can lead to a sore mouth, gum infections and loosening of the teeth (due to the rotting of the ligament that holds tooth to bone).
Why not bring your vaccinated puppy to an organised puppy party? This gives your puppy a chance to socialise with other pups of a similar age, and to meet other people in the same situation as yourselves. Receive advice from the nursing team with tea, biscuits and doggy toys provided.
As your pet gets older it is important that he or she remains fit and healthy. Regular checks by one of our nurses could help to pick up on the early signs of any problems.
Are available on request where the veterinary surgeon is happy to prescribe without a re-examination. Please phone so any medication can be waiting for you on arrival.
We are happy to arrange these as necessary. On occasions they can be less stressful for your pet (and yourself!, although often examination at the surgery is preferable, as pets are usually better behaved and all equipment necessary for a thorough examination is close at hand.
Pet Passport (PETS) Scheme and Rabies vaccination
This is now becoming popular throughout the United Kingdom. It enables you to travel with your pet to participating countries in Europe and further afield without the need for quarantine on your return. Please contact us for further information.
Microchipping is the modern way of identifying your pet, and helps reunite lost pets with their owners. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and holds a unique number, which is used to store information about you and your pet.It is implanted under the skin in the scruff of the neck, and the information read by a hand-held scanner.
The number is registered on a national database and can be accessed 24 hours a day to locate the owner of a microchipped animal.
You can now insure your pet for a fraction of their feeding costs, against potentially high costs of a prolonged illness, accident or even death.
When your pet is insured your bill should never exceed the excess that you have to pay towards any treatment (with the obvious exceptions of vaccination and other elective routine or prophylactic treatment). Insurance in the early years of your dogís life is most important as many of the lifelong problems manifest in the first two years of life, and these tend to be the most expensive. Please contact the surgery for more advice on insurance and to enable us to recommend the most popular and appropriate ones for you. There are many pitfalls in this area and it is well worth discussion before going ahead with a particular policy.
Both partners have a keen interest in Farm work, each having had nearly 25 years experience of cattle and sheep work. Companion animals now make up the bulk of our work, but farm work still accounts for about 20%. Both vets are enthusiastic about keeping abreast of developments in medicine and techniques in this area.
It is extremely important these days that all records of medicines are kept especially in food producing animals. Computerised records of medicine batch numbers and withdrawal periods are provided to all farm clients, to assist in accurate maintenance of Medicine Books.
This should help you comply with DEFRA and other regulations. Sharps containers and medicine books are available from the surgery.
Ultrasound scanning is available for pregnancy diagnosis in cattle and sheep.
Cattle scanning before 5 months of pregnancy can provide extra information on the stage of pregnancy and the presence of twins.
Sheep scanning is undertaken by Derek Stoakes (who holds the RCVS Certificate in Sheep Health and Production) and Richard Ettema, our New Zealand Sheep Scanner. This is a unique service providing foetal numbers and stage of pregnancy data, plus typed reports to farmer and the farmerís vet (where scanning is provided to non-veterinary clients). Splitting ewes by stage of pregnancy as well as foetal numbers can give large savings in both feed and shed space. Foetal numbers and stage can be married up to keep numbers of groups to a minimum. Advice can be given on production disease and nutrition where appropriate.
Richard Griffiths is listed by the British Cattle Veterinary Association as an approved adviser for setting up Cattle Health Schemes. Please contact the practice if you require any help in this area.
We have our own laboratory facilities on site, which allow us to diagnose and treat cases more efficiently. We have a biochemistry analyser, haematology counter (for detecting anaemia and infection). We can also provide worm egg counts, Coccidiosis tests and bacteriology.
If we feel it is necessary we will sent the sample away to an external laboratory for further analysis.
Both partners are interested in horse work and have spent nearly 25 years working with them. They attend regular continuing education courses and the practice uses a CD-ROM system to keep up to speed with the most recent developments in treatment.
Richard Griffiths is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Inspector of Riding Establishments, and is the official inspector for all such premises in the county of Herefordshire.
Vaccination reminders (versus equine influenza and tetanus) are sent to all clients, approximately four to six weeks prior to the due date.
A 24-hour emergency service is provided throughout the year, along with prompt referral to specialist Equine Surgical Referral practices where necessary.
Taking care of our patients
Scanning for a micro-chip
Radiograph after fracture repair using ASIF technique
Ultrasound equipment in use