Nurse clinics

We have a team of 9 veterinary nurses here at Astonlee. All of our nurses are either Qualified and Registered (RVN) or a student (SVN) undergoing training with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to become qualified veterinary nurses. Our nurses have a wide range of responsibilities from providing free nurse clinics, cleaning and stock control, to monitoring anaesthesia and taking x-rays.

A day in the life of the Vet Nurses at Astonlee


  • Ward rounds with night staff and inpatient care
  • Admitting patients for surgical procedures
  • Setting up the theatres for surgery
  • Preparing drugs for patients due to have surgery
  • Preparing patients for surgery: taking blood and running blood tests, placing intravenous catheters, administering Pre-meds, putting patients on intravenous fluids (drip)

9am -1pm:

  • Assisting with induction of anaesthesia
  • Preparing patients for surgery: clipping and cleaning surgical site
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Taking x-rays
  • ‘Scrubbing up’ to assist during surgery
  • Inpatient care
  • Care and monitoring of patients following surgery
  • Dispensing medication and preparing drugs for repeat prescriptions
  • Putting away daily drug and food order
  • Performing dental procedures

1pm – 3pm:

  • Cleaning of theatres and prep area
  • Cleaning of wards
  • Inpatient care
  • CPD – the staff often have training sessions during their lunch hour

3pm-6.30 pm:

  • Free nurse clinics: microchipping, discharging patients, dental clinics, weight clinics, 2nd vaccination clinics, claw clipping, bandage changes, post-op checks, suture removal, nutritional advice, sexing clinics, junior clinics
  • Training of student nurses – appointed ‘clinical coaches’ hold regular tutorials with their students
  • Assisting vets during their consults
  • Taking blood samples and running blood tests
  • Inpatient care
  • Puppy party (Thursday’s only)
  • Triage nursing care for emergency cases
  • Handover to our team’s night staff on our premises

8pm – 8am:

  • On-call for any emergency cases overnight

Our Veterinary Nurses are here to help you

Our free nurse clinics are run by our caring veterinary nurses. Appointments can be made via telephone or in person. Please ask for a Nurse Clinic Consultation.

In all clinics, animals will be weighed and given a general health check. Any problems noticed will be referred to a vet for further examination, advice and treatment.

Vaccination Clinic

Our nurse team help with the vaccinations and are now involved in administering the second part of the puppy and kitten vaccinations when clients bring their pets for the second vaccination. This gives clients the opportunity to ask the vet questions and receive advice from the vet on the first vaccination when the clinical examination and checks are carried out by the vet, and any further questions for the nurse can be addressed on the second visit.

Your pet will be given a general health and weight check and advice will be given on the following:

Fleas and worms
Micro chipping
Dental care
The nurse will also be able to answer any general questions that you may have.

Puppy Parties

Parties takes place in the evening and invites are sent out after their 1st vaccination. The aim of the party is to help with puppy socialisation and to advise owners on responsible pet ownership as detailed above.
It allows owners to swap stories of their puppys progress, adventures and mishaps!

Weight clinic

Nearly 1 in 5 pets in the UK are now thought to be clinically overweight. Obesity affects the general health of pets, as well as predisposing animals to diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. Our nurses operate free "weight-clinics", where practical and realistic advice is given to help your pet get into the ideal condition. Once a suitable feeding regime and diet is worked out, we encourage regular free clinics to have "weigh-ins" so as to check your pets progress.

New Pet Clinic

This clinic is similar to the puppy and kitten clinic. It is intended for any new owner and provides advice on all aspects of the care of your new pet whatever their age. The nurse will give your new addition a free general health and weight check and be able to answer any general questions you might have.

Free Dental Check

Dental hygiene is very important for animals as well as it is for humans. 70% of dogs and cats have some form of dental disease which, if left untreated, can cause problems for the heart, liver and kidneys. In the dental check your pet will have a thorough examination of its mouth including its teeth, gums and tongue. You will also receive dental care advice appropriate for your pet. There are many ways to look after your pets teeth including suitable toys, chews, diet and teeth cleaning.

Administration of Worming Tablets

This clinic is intended for anybody who struggles to give worming tablets to their pets. Cats are often the most difficult but some dogs can be a handful also. As well as administering the worming tablet, the nurse will give your pet a general health and weight check.

Senior Lifestyle Clinic

A free consultation with the nurse for cats and dogs over seven years of age. This will enable you to understand the changes in your pet's lifestyle once they have reached the age of seven years or more.

Visitors to the clinic can request routine blood tests for their pets and receive advice for the best care as old age creeps upon them.

Did you realise that at the age of 7 your pet is the equivalent of a 60-year-old human? At this age it becomes more important to maintain regular health checks to help detect any potential problems at an early stage and so ensure your pet's quality of life.

A Free urine analysis will also be performed.

Senior well pet clinics are a great value service aimed at detecting disease early, which then provides more opportunities to prevent illness and maintain happy lives for longer. These clinics involve a consultation with a vet first, where the clinical examination and history are taken, and the nurses are involved in taking the blood samples and running the tests. The blood tests run by the nurses provide a comprehensive check for cats and dogs, and typically detect diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, hyperthyroid (cats) problems.


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Flea Checks

Flea checks and advice on a preventative programme.
Fleas don't just make your pet itchy; they can actually make him/her quite ill. Be aware of how fleas can irritate your pet! It might be difficult to see fleas, but they certainly can make their presence felt, especially to your pet.
Understand the:

Warning Signs.

The first step to stop a flea infestation is to be aware of their presence. Keep an eye out for the warning signs that fleas are on your pet!

Flea Related Problems.

The illness that can result from flea infestation can make your pet very unhappy. Learn just how much discomfort these tiny insects can cause your pet!


Learn how to end your pet's flea problems and how to keep them from ever coming back!