Academy Vet Centre
Academy Vet Centre

Small Animal Services

Academy Vet Centre offers a comprehensive range of services to our small animal clients across our two practices at Stranraer and Newton Stewart.


Stranraer & Newton Stewart

Stranraer (main branch)

General consultations

All surgical procedures


Digital imaging



Parasite control

In house lab facilities

Nail clipping

Kennels & Hospitalisation

Blood sampling *

Incubation & oxygen units

Nurse clinics

Dental procedures

Home visits (by arrangement)


*bloods will be transferred to our in-house lab at our Stranraer branch.

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.





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 £48.37 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.



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 £48.37 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.


Why not spread the cost of your puppy or kittens vaccination course, flea/tick and worm treatments and benifit from 10% discount on neutering and all other products and services by joining our healthcare plan.  Click on the link below to find out more. 

Our Healthcare Plans

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   


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

  sent to insurance companies

Laser Therapy 


We are delighted to announce the arrival of a new Class 4 MLS laser, which allows us to provide new treatment modules for horses, cats and dogs and takes us into the 21st century of care for your animals.


Laser therapy or photo modulation uses light of specific wavelengths to stimulate cells in injured areas to increase local oxygenation and cell metabolism which results in accelerated healing at the specific site. The effects include reduced pain, increased circulation and decreased swelling oedema.


It is a totally painless procedure and animals do not require sedation, most treatments last 2 to 8 minutes per site and most treatment programs are twice weekly treatments for 3 weeks with follow up treatment plans tailor made for each condition.


The laser is ideal for acute and chronic injuries, osteoarthritic treatments, enhanced wound healing, and reducing swelling after operations and also for infected or non-healing wounds.


The laser is portable and can be used on horses, cat and dogs either in a stable setting or in the practice.

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 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.



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.



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)

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 difficult time and are here if you need someone to talk to.  Should you wish to get your pet cremated we can arrange this for you.  We work with The Pet Crematorium, Larkhall who provide a dignified and personal 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. 




Academy Vet Centre


6 Academy Street



Tel.: 01776 703131



Or use our contact form.



Academy Vet Centre

6-8 Queen Street

Newton Stewart



Tel.: 01671 404951




24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE:     01776 703131 or 01671 404951   

Please note all out of hours consultations will be seen at our Stranraer branch.  

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