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 us and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to become qualified veterinary nurses.
The role of a veterinary nurse is greatly varied and often misunderstood by the general public. Veterinary Nursing is a relatively young profession and veterinary nurses perform a huge array of tasks from client education, health care and basic animal welfare to anaesthetics, diagnostic tests, medical treatments and assisting in minor surgical procedures under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.
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Our Veterinary Nurses are here to help you
Our nurse clinics are run by our caring team. Appointments can be made via telephone or in person.
Vaccination Clinic - Often paid at 1st vaccine (prices vary)
Our qualified nurses often administer the second part of vaccinations. This allows more time to discuss any questions you may have and advise you on the best care for your pet.
Junior clinics - Free
We advise monthly check ups in the first year while your pets are growing to make sure they are in the best health. The nurses will weigh your pet and put on flea/worm treatments of the appropriate size and ensure you are on the correct nutrition plan. They can discuss any concerns you may have and ensure you receive the best care possible.
Senior Clinic - £75
This clinic is for pets over the age of 8 to help detect hidden illnesses at an early stage. The clinic involves a blood pressure reading, blood tests and urine analysis (we provide collection pots/cat litter). If results are normal it helps to build a database for your pet should they become ill. Any abnormalities are passed on to our vet team to help treat your pet and hopeully slow progression of diseases.
Osteoarthritis Clinic - Free
This clinic to support those pets with joint disease. The nurses will help with advice on medications, supplements, home care and any questions you may have. They can do the routine blood tests that are required for your pets to be on certain medications as long as you have seen a vet within the year. They can also advise as to helpful diets and complimentary therapies such as physio.
General clinics - Up to £15
For well pets with small issues such as:
lumps - nurses can assess these and take samples if necessary
broken claws - cleaning/removal/trimming
wounds - cleaning and general care
Check with reception to see if a nurse can help with your concern.
Weight clinic - Free
Obesity affects the general health of pets in a similar way to humans and causes a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. These clinics are 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.
Dental Check - Free
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.
New Pet Clinic - Free
This clinic is intended for any new owner, introduction of new pets to a current family or those thinking of becoming an owner. The nurses provides advice on all aspects of the care of your new pet whatever their age.
Microchipping - £11.50 (or free as part of the puppy/kitten pack)
The technique of implanting an Identification Computer Chip is a clever and lifelong method of retrieving your lost pet. The procedure involves a simple injection.
Claw clipping - Up to £20
The nurses will take your pet for cuddles and keep your pets feet tidy preventing claws from digging into pads or becoming long and interfering with walking.
Bandaging - prices vary
Care of wounds and fractures are commonly done by the nurses who will advise you of the best plan for your pet