Small Animal Services

General Consultations and Health Checks

 

Consultations are by appointment only.  Appointment times are available throughout the day for your convenience. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.  See our Opening hours for further infromation.

Digital Imaging 

 

At Academy Vet Centre we have modern digital x-ray equipment to take instant, high quality x-rays to aid in diagnosis or for B.V.A Hip and Elbow Canine Health Schemes,

 

The advantages of digital x-ray over a traditional system are:

 

• Lower exposure means that procedure is safer for your pets

• Superior image quality - making diagnosis easier and more accurate

• Quicker diagnosis

• More environmentally friendly as no need for chemicals

• Images can be stored on a computer and attached to your pets record and retrieved   

  easily

• Images can be transferred between vets for second opinions, sent to specialists or  

  sent to insurance companies

Home Visits

 

We understand that occasionally it may be necessary for our vets to visit your pets at home.  Please contact the surgery to discuss your requirements and should a home visit be appropriate we will be happy to arrange this.

Pet passports, health certificates for export

 

For our clients wishing to travel abroad with their pets, we can arrange everything to meet the requirements for a PETS passport.

 

The PETS travel scheme allows domestic dogs and cats to accompany their owners abroad to certain countries and return to the UK without undergoing quarantine.  The qualifying countries include member states of the EEC, USA and Canada. This means you can now go on holiday with your pet as long as you fulfil the conditions of the scheme.

 

The PETS scheme requires a large number of conditions to be met and you should research them well. All the latest information is available on the DEFRA website www.defra.gov.uk/pets or call their hotline on 03702411710. You should always check the rules with DEFRA before travelling even if you are only going to the EU as they vary widely from country to country.

In house laboratory facilities

 

We have in-house laboratory facilities which allow us to carry out rapid diagnosis of a range of medical conditions.

 

Blood Analysis Equipment - a wide range of tests can be done including kidney function, liver function, blood proteins, calcium, phosphate, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chlorine) and the red and white blood cell types.

 

These results are available in minutes and mean that we can readily check for disease before surgical procedures, find vital information for the rapid diagnosis of problems and also monitor the state of ongoing conditions.

Vaccinations

 

Dogs

 

Your puppy vaccination course

The puppy vaccination course requires two injections: the first at 8 weeks and then a second injection at 10 weeks of age. These protect your dog against harmful diseases.  At its 1st vaccination your puppy will be given a full health check by one of our vets to ensure it is fit and well.  This is an opportunity for you to discuss parasite control, insurance and diet with one of the vets or a member of the nursing team.

Our puppy welcome pack is £45.60 and includes:

First vaccinations (at 8 & 10 weeks)

A full health check

4 weeks free insurance with Pet Plan

A puppy welcome pack, including a voucher for a free bag of food.

Yearly boosters

Each year your dog should receive an annual booster to maintain protection against harmful diseases.  The cost includes a full health check from nose to tail!  This is an opportunity to discuss any concerns you have regarding your dog.

 

Cats

Your kitten’s vaccination course

Your kitten vaccination course requires two injections to protect them against common diseases.  The first at 9 weeks of age and the second at 12 weeks of age.   At its 1st vaccination your kitten will be given a full health check by one of our vets to ensure it is fit and well.  This is an opportunity for you to discuss parasite control, insurance and diet with one of the vets or a member of the nursing team.

Our kitten welcome pack is £45.60 and includes:

First vaccinations (at 9 & 12 weeks)

A full health check

4 weeks free insurance with Pet Plan

A kitten welcome pack, including a voucher for a free bag of food.

Annual booster

To maintain protection your kitten will be due an annual booster vaccination.  Your cat will also be given a full health check from head to toe and this is an opportunity to discuss any concerns you have with one of our vets.

Microchipping

 

It’s easy to have your pet microchipped and it’s the responsible thing to do.

 

Having your pet fitted microchip means you have the best chance of being reunited with your pet if they go missing.

 

We can microchip almost any animal – cat, dog, horse and exotics.

                     

Microchipping of all dogs before they reach 8 weeks old is a legal requirement. 

Parasite control treatments for your dogs, cats and small furries

 

Pop into the surgery or give us a call for FREE advice on worm, flea or tick control.  Our vets and nursing team has an extensive knowledge on the parasite likely to cause problems in our local area and are able to prescribe suitable treatments to meet your need

Ultrasonography including pregnancy diagnosis

 

We have an ultrasound scanner which can aid in the diagnosis of a range of medical conditions.  The machine is most commonly used for abdominal scans and pregnancy diagnosis.

Neutering

 

We offer neutering of cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets.  Neutering can help prevent illnesses and some unwanted behaviours.  For FREE advice and estimates for the cost of neutering please give us a call or pop into the surgery.  We understand that the thought of even routine operations can be daunting.  Knowing that you are bringing your pet to an RCVS Accredited Practice gives you the peace of mind that you are leaving your pet in safe hands. The routine surgery is performed by our veterinary surgeons with the assistance of our caring nursing team.   

Nurse clinics

 

Our team of friendly nurses offer a range of services including:

 

  • Weight checks and weight clinics (FREE)

  • Dietary advice (FREE)

  • Nail clipping (chargeable)

  • Parasite control advice (FREE)

  • Parasite prevention treatment application (chargeable)

  • Medical baths (chargeable)

  • Senior Clinics (chargeable)

  • Dental advise and dental checks (FREE)

  • Wound checks, following surgery (FREE)

Acupuncture

 

We are pleased to announce we now have a fully qualified Veterinary Acupuncturists, Jenna Montgomerie, for all stiff and sore pets!

 

Acupuncture can be used to treat acute chronic painful conditions in cats, dogs and horses!  It is most helpful in acute injuries and in the management of osteoarthritis and often allows for less reliance on conventional therapies, such as, anti-inflammatory painkillers.

 

If you have a pet that you think would benefit from acupuncture, or have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Kennels and hospitalisation Facilities

 

We have a large kennel area, inculding large "walk-in" style kennels for larger dog breeds.  We also have areas of the kennels which can be kept dark and quiet for our more nervous patients.  We have an isolation ward and strict nursing protocols for controling contagious diseases.

 

 

Incubation and Oxygen Units

 

This unit can offer warmth to patients requiring intensive care.  We also have an facilities to provide oxygen when required.

Dental Equipment

 

We have specialised equipment for x-raying, extracting, scaling and polishing your pet's teeth.

Pet Bereavment Services

 

Our experienced, compassionate staff undertand that losing a pet can be a very difficult time.   We are always here should you need somebody to talk to.  Should you decide to have your pet cremated we will arrange this for you.  For over 10 years we have used Paws to Rest Pet Bereavement Services.  Paws to Rest are members of the Association of Private Pet Cemetries and Crematoria and offer an excellent, professional, service.  The services offered include communal cremations, individual ashes returned to you in a casket and also burials.  Full details of all services offered can be found on their website. 

Contact

Academy Vet Centre

 

6 Academy Street

Stranraer

DG9 7DR


Tel.: 01776 703131

E-Mail: vets@academyvets.co.uk

 

Or use our contact form.

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