Current Vacancies

Locum RVN

We are currently looking for a full-time locum RVN for approx 2 month duration

37.5 hour working week

Shifts: Monday – Friday (mixture of 08:00am-16:30pm and 10:30am – 19:00pm)

1:4 Saturdays 08:00am – 12:00pm


please send a CV to:

Acting Head Nurse

Permanent Full-Time RVN

A rare opportunity has arisen to Join our Friendly team of 4 vets, 6 nurses and 2 receptionists at our independent single site practice in Chelmsford

We are a small animal/exotic first opinion practice

37.5 hour working week

Shifts: Monday – Friday (mixture of 08:00am-16:30pm and 10:30am – 19:00pm)

1:4 Saturdays 08:00am – 12:00pm


We are looking for an individual to cover all aspects of first opinion nursing. You should feel confident in monitoring anaesthesia, placing IVs, blood sampling, nursing clinics, in-patient care and assisting in x-rays.

Newly qualified applicants would be considered

Benefits include competitive salary, funded and encouraged CPD, Staff discount, pension Scheme, 28 days holiday including all UK bank holidays.

To apply for this vacancy, please send a CV and covering letter to:

David Eagar

What do you know about Kennel cough? Did you know this is not part of your dog’s routine booster?

The Facts about kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a respiratory infection caused by a number of bacteria and viruses.

It is not considered a fatal condition – in healthy dogs symptoms should clear up within a couple of weeks without treatment. Extra precautions should be taken with dogs that are considered as immune compromised. This includes puppies, geriatric dogs and those with a history of respiratory conditions.


The most common symptom of kennel cough is a hacking cough, which will often sound like your dog has something stuck in their throat. Sometimes the cough may be followed by a gag, swallowing motion or mucus production. Some dogs may also have additional symptoms such as a runny nose, eye discharge and sneezing.

How kennel cough is spread

Kennel Cough is airborne and highly contagious. Despite the name, kennel cough is most commonly caught in parks and popular dog walking areas, rather than in kennels. Kennel cough has an incubation period of 2-14 days, and some dogs can be carriers of the infection for months without showing any clinical signs.


If your dog is bright, eating well and playful then a visit to the vets may not even be necessary. However, it is advised to still contact your vet for advice if you are concerned that your dog may have kennel cough. In most cases, kennel cough should clear up within 2-3 weeks without the need for antibiotics. However, in some cases can linger for as long as six weeks. As kennel cough is a highly contagious infection, it is advised that you keep your dog away from other dogs while they are still coughing. To aid recovery, make sure your home is well ventilated and avoid using a collar and lead – a harness and lead will cause less pressure on the windpipe.


Some of the viruses that cause kennel cough are included in your dogs annual booster. These are canine adenovirus type 2, canine parainfluenza virus, canine distemper and canine influenza.

The most common cause of kennel cough – bordetella bronchiseptica, is not part of the annual booster and must be given as a separate vaccine. However, there are many different strains of infection, therefore protection is not guaranteed but at the very least should lessen symptoms.

The nasal vaccine can be given to dogs as young as 3 weeks of age and provides protection for 12 months.

If you require any further information about kennel cough; please don’t hesitate to call and speak to one of the Elm House Team.

Veterinary Nursing Placements/Work Experience

Recently we have been inundated with queries about veterinary nursing placements. Unfortunately, we have no trainee nurse vacancies available at present.

If you would like to email us a covering letter and CV, we can keep your details on file for when a position becomes available in the future.

We do accept both school students (minimum age 15 years) and veterinary students for work experience placements. If you are interested in seeing practice with us please email


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 Lucy 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 Wednesday 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.


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.

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Walkies in a winter wonderland: taking care of your pet during the festive season

Can you believe it’s nearly time to decorate your tree, eat one too many mince pies and fall asleep in front of a festive episode of Only Fools And Horses once again? Speaking of fools, only a particularly foolish person would forget to ensure their pet was properly looked after when the nights draw in and the temperature plunges. Elm House Vets have put together their top tips for a variety of pet species this winter, so keep reading for some good advice on keeping your companion cosy in the cold weather.

Dogs are generally pretty good at making you believe they are fine, when in fact they may be suffering in the cold weather. Remember that your canine companion spends more time inside than out, so ensure they only spend short periods outside in wintry weather. Shorthaired breeds such as greyhounds, beagles and Chihuahuas especially feel the cold, so invest in a coat or jumper to help keep them warm. Take care of your pooch’s paws in icy conditions as well by trimming the hair around their feet to avoid ice-balls forming around their toes and pads.

When it comes to cats, most will finds somewhere to snuggle up in your house during the winter. If they still like to spend time outside despite the wintry conditions, make sure there is always a warm spot available for them to return to. If the weather is particularly cold, keep your feline friend indoors – no matter how much they protest, it’s better than them developing serious conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia. It’s also worth investing in a litter tray for the winter months, especially when there’s snow on the ground outside.

Rabbits, guinea pigs and other smaller animals who generally live outside need extra care to protect them from the elements during the winter months. Hutches should be position so that wind, rain, sleet and snow aren’t able to blow in. Better still, move the hutch into a sturdy shed, conservatory or garage (one which isn’t being used for cars) for the cold season. Add extra insulation by increasing your pet’s bedding and cover the outside with sacking or an old blanket. Don’t forget to regularly check for frozen water bottles too.

As the winter season brings plenty of opportunities to get together and do something different– Guy Fawkes Night, Christmas, New Year and more. But don’t forget that, no matter what species your pet is, as far as they are concerned life is going on as normal. If you have unfamiliar faces coming into your home, ensure your pets are not alarmed by the increase in people and noise and the disruption of usual routines. Equally, don’t neglect your pet’s usual needs – they still need a regular diet and exercise schedule, as well as care and attention from you as their owner.

Just as it’s easy for you to overindulge at Christmas and New Year, so can your pet if you’re not careful. The rich foods traditionally eaten at this time of year are not designed for animal digestive systems, and turkey bones are a choking hazard for dogs and cats. Stray tinsel can sometimes be too sparkly and interesting for your pet to resist swallowing, but will often require surgery to remove. If you have a traditional Christmas poinsettia plant, don’t forget that they are poisonous to both dogs and cats too.

Winter may offer up a different set of potential issues than during other seasons, but caring for your pet is just the same as it is at any other time of year. Be vigilant, be sensible and be as caring as you always are, and you and your pet can enjoy a wonderful winter season together.

If you would like any more information on the advice in this article, or about generally caring for your pet this winter, please speak to a member of the team at Elm House Vets.