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Well done Gemma!

After lots of hard work one of our lovely trainee nurse Gemma has passed her exams and gained her qualification in Veterinary Nursing.

Well done Gemma we are all so proud of your huge achievement!

Working as a veterinary nurse is hard work, but it’s also very rewarding. It is a stimulating and challenging job that requires lots of different skills.

Voluntary work is a great introduction to find out whether a career as a veterinary nurse is for you.

To train as a veterinary nurse you will need to undertake a diploma in veterinary nursing. This can be done on either a full or apprenticeship style alongside a job in a veterinary practice. It takes between 2 and 3 years to qualify.

To start training as a veterinary nurse you will need:

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (including English, Maths and Science)

Or

An animal nursing assistant or veterinary care assistant qualification

Some Universities offer a foundation or BSc honours degree in Veterinary Nursing

For more information about a career as a Veterinary Nurse please either Writtle college or the college of animal welfare.  Gemma L qualified pic

It’s a baby Boy!

One of our lovely vets Kirsten has given birth to a baby boy!

Little Rhys was born on the 21st October, weighing 7lbs 2oz.

Both Kirsten and Rhys are doing well and sister Mia is enjoying her new role as big sister!kirstens photo 2

The effects of passive smoking on our pets

Recent research has shown that pets living in the households of smokers are more likely to suffer from detrimental health conditions such as:

  • respiratory problems
  • cancers
  • cell damage
  • increased weight gain

Many people are not aware how smoking could be harming their pets.

Provide Essex Lifestyle Service offers free support to people who wish to quit smoking by offering both appropriate medication and behavioural change support.

To book an appointment for free support please contact:

provide.essexlifestyles@nhs.net

03003039988

Geriatric health checks

At Elm House we offer a free 6 month nurse health check to all our geriatric patients approaching their golden years.

Our geriatric health check involves a 20 minute consult with a nurse where your pet will be thoroughly checked from head to tail. Advice on diet, joint supplements, dental disease and signs of decreased mental awareness will be provided. We also offer a geriatric blood screen (at an additional cost), to ensure your pet is also healthy on the inside!

If you would like to book an appointment, or for more information please contact the surgery.

Puppy Parties

Join Rachel and Sam for puppy socialisation in a fun and safe environment.

Our puppy parties are for puppies between 8-16 weeks of age (must be after first vaccination) and include socialisation, play and informative talks over a 3 week period.

Our puppy parties Are held on a Monday evening between 7:30pm-8:30pm in our waiting room and are £15 for the 3 week course.

If you would like to join us please reserve your place at reception to avoid disappointment.

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Puppy contract information

Puppy contract

Thinking about buying a puppy?

Download a puppy contract before you start your search and ask your chosen breeder if they use it.

What is the puppy contract?

The puppy contract has been developed to help buyers avoid problems associated with irresponsible breeding. The puppy contract can be used for both pedigrees and cross breeds. The breeder/seller needs to complete the puppy information pack (PIP) before selling. The PIP contains information about the puppy’s parents, health status and socialisation. This will help you to make a decision on whether you want to buy the puppy that you have seen.

Why is this information important?

The breeding and socialisation of a puppy can have life long effects on the puppy and its owner. Good breeding and care ensures puppies live happy and healthy lives. Poor breeding and care can cause health and behavioural problems in puppies and stress and expense to owners.

How do I obtain a puppy information pack?

There are 3 parts of the contract – PIP, contract and guidance notes should always be used together. To download all 3 parts, please visit https://puppycontract.rspca.org.uk/home

If you need any further help and advice please contact the surgery.

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Bird Flu Update

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have declared a bird flu prevention zone across England; after there have been reported cases of bird flu in wild birds in Dorset and Warwickshire. This means that it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. For more information of the precautions that need to be taken – please follow the link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-prevention-zone-extended-to-cover-whole-of-england

What is Bird Flu?

Bird flu is a viral disease affecting all types of poultry. It is a notifiable disease; therefore any suspicions of the virus must be reported.

Bird flu is currently being carried by migratory wild birds and waterfowl across Europe. Wild birds have caused several outbreaks if bird flu in domesticated and farmed birds in Europe.

What actions need to be taken?

Bird keepers are being asked to look for signs of infection and to take robust disinfectant measures.

Members of the public are also being told to report any cases of dead waterfowl – such as swans, geese and ducks – or gulls, or five or more dead birds of other species to DEFRA.

Keepers of poultry should try to house their poultry in a suitable building that the birds can be moved into without causing them stress or overcrowding.

If this is not possible then sensible precautions to keep them away from wild birds must be taken, Such as:

  • Keeping food and water supplies inside where wild birds cannot access.
  • Setting up a temporary area outside with a net over to ensure wild birds cannot access.

What are the signs of Bird flu?

Signs include reduced water and feed intake and a dull appearance. Deaths may also occur. In any of these circumstances you must inform your vet or APHA on 03459 335577.

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Vaccine now available for a new Rabbit Disease

Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a widespread cause of sudden death in rabbits

Up to now, the use of a combined vaccine for it and Myxomatosis has been effective protection. But recently there has been an increase in cases of the disease which has been caused by a new variant of the disease.

This new variant (RHD2) was first identified in France in 2010 and in the UK in 2013. The disease is present in the wild rabbit population. The virus survives well in the environment and can easily be spread from infected animals, dead carcases and recovered rabbits are potentially infectious to other rabbits for a month.

Once infected within one to four days, the liver is infected and bleeding occurs but some rabbits die very quickly with no obvious signs .

The existing rabbit combined vaccine does not give protection against this new variant of the disease.

A new vaccine is becoming available which can be given to protect your rabbit.

The vaccine can be given from 10 weeks of age earlier if there is a high risk and another dose after 10 weeks of age. High-risk rabbits should be vaccinated every 6 months otherwise a yearly vaccination an early vaccination will suffice.

High-Risk Factors

Rabbits in rescue centres

Show rabbits

Homes where new rabbits arrive frequently

Rabbits with poor immune function

Rabbits exposed to wild rabbits

Moderate to low risk

Pet Rabbits

Rabbits with no direct access to wild rabbits and with little or no exposure to infected material.

If you would like more information and/or book your rabbit for a vaccination please phone the surgery where we can help and inform you of the availability of the vaccine.

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Should your companion ever require veterinary attention outside of practice hours, please contact our normal number 01245 352525 and you will be put through to Vets Now.