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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)


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:


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 – new class starting Monday 8th MAY 2017

Socialise your new puppy in a fun and safe environment by coming to our puppy party sessions.

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 will be held on a Monday evening between 7:30pm-8:30pm and are £15 for the 3 week course.

Our next puppy party course will be held on Monday 8th May in our waiting room area.

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


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

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

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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.

What is Alabama Rot?

There has been a lot of press publicity about this condition recently.

The proper veterinary name is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy or CRGV. It is better known as Alabama Rot because it was first seen in Alabama USA in the 1980’s.

The first sign of the disease are unexplained areas of soreness on paws and legs mostly but can be elsewhere. Many dogs recover but a few develop severe kidney problems which despite intensive treatment can be fatal.

The cause is not known at this time so it is difficult to give precise prevention advice. But it has been suggested washing dog’s legs and feet after walks may help.

At the time of writing (end of June), there have been no confirmed cases in Essex. They have been concentrated in the South of England and in the western half of the country.

For a map of the latest cases, follow the link below.

So please beware of the signs of the disease and consult a vet if you are concerned.

For more information, go to

Get your Voucher Now!

If you’re new to Elm House Veterinary Centre, you can look forward to receiving your pet’s first health check completely free of charge. All you have to do to claim your voucher is fill in your details below.


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.