Recommended vets in the North of England

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Recommended vets in the North of England

Post by tabirat » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:50 pm

Newcastle upon Tyne
First Vets Forest Hall branch
Vet: Judith Brown

Judith has been in this practice for many years now and over that time has been treating an increasing number of rats. She is an excellent and experienced rattie surgeon and people travel from outside the region for peace of mind, especially for more complex surgeries such as spays. She is always willing to consider new medical treatments, and discuss options in any situation. Prices are moderate, for the North, but not cheap. Euthanasia is by peritoneal injection (there is no gas at this branch surgery and all operations are done at Chillingham Road in Heaton - Judith travels over there every afternoon) a method which we have experienced scores of times over many years. Judith is extremely competent with this method and I find it to be peaceful and generally fairly swift. You can take rats to Chillingham Road to be euthanised by one of the vets there under gas anaesthetic, but you will not be allowed to remain with the rat.

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Post by KateR » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:55 am

Leeds
Holly House Vet Hospital
Vet: Sarah Brown

Sarah is an exotics specialist - yes rats are classed as an exotic species. She is excellent with them and is experienced in surgical procedures. We certainly wouldn't let anyone else operate on one of our girls unless it was an emergency. She is open to listening to our ideas from our own research, and will go away and research anything she is unsure of herself.

Holly House itself is fantastic. They are open until 9pm routinely on weekdays, and 11pm for emergencies. They are also open during the day (until 5pm) on weekends. However, as of September 2011 they will be providing their own 24 hour emergency cover, which is a massive improvement on having to go to the out of hours vet. The receptionists are always very helpful. Pricing is reasonable too - they charge less than the vet we used to use, which was not a specialist.
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Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Post by kimbee » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:43 am

Manchester
Companion Care in Pets at Home (!) Stockport
Vet: Kobus Rautenbach

Don't let the P@H location put you off! Kobus is a great vet he has operated on 2 of my ratties tumours and bought one of my girls back from a serious resp problem. All of my girls that he has looked after have lived to be over 3 years old. He is an excellent surgeon, my girls recovered from pretty serious tumours very quickly with no complications. With the resp problem my 2 year old (at the time) Jigsaw was really struggling to breathe, she actually stopped breathing on his table, went completely limp and turned blue. He rushed her into an oxygen tank and massaged her to get her breathing again he let us stay in with her until she was looking better (about 40 mins) gave her a round of injections and medicine for us to take home. She's now 3.5 yrs and has never had any more breathing problems. He's very good with nervous rats (mine were all rescues and all freaked out!) and has a lot of patience. I've seen some of the other vets there too, they were all great as Kobus has made sure that they're up to speed on how to care for rats. They're also very keen to only give you the treatment required and not charge for extra as a lot of these chain places do. By that I mean he will put medication into rat sized amounts rather than charging for a whole bottle and will tell you only to come back for a check up if there are problems etc. He was originally recommended to me by another member of the forum and I have found them to be brilliant - Highly recommended!

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Post by Fennic » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:27 pm

Location: Widnes, Warrington and Penketh.
Vet: John Cartwright
Maple Veterinary Surgery
Their website: http://www.mapleveterinary-warrington.co.uk/

John Cartwright (As pictured on website) is the only vet I trust with my animals at the clinic, I recall he's been doing veterinary for 20 - 25 years now. He's helped recover or ease their pain of over 30 or more of my rats since 2005. Most of the other vetinarians there I wouldn't trust if you do make an appointment with them make sure you get it with him. He'll discuss all potential options for treatment (if alternates) with you rather than just saying "We should go with this" and doing so.

Contact details for the surgeries if for whatever reason the site is down.

Penketh:
95 Maple Crescent
Penketh
WA5 2LQ

Telephone: 01925 726 378
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Widnes:
208 Warrington Road
Widnes
WA8 0AX

Telephone: 0151 423 3557
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Warrington:
181 Knutsford Road
Grappenhall
Warrington
WA4 2QL
Telephone: 01925 600 000
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Post by HannahF » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:48 pm

Preston

C J Mason
Unit 16, South Preston Office Village, Cuerden Way,
Preston,
PR5 6BL
01772 335799

Chris was recommended to me and he is absolutely fantastic, he's a good surgeon and is very rat savvy. He genuinely cares about the animals and not the money, his prices are very reasonable. Its a bit of a drive from where I live but its well worth it, I'd rather give my money to someone with good knowledge and actually cares, I'd happily pay him double what I paid my previous vets - even though sometimes he doesnt even charge! I've recommended him to several people for other animals too, cant praise him enough to be honest!
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Post by acapae_wolf » Tue Jun 18, 2013 12:18 pm

Howells Veterinary Services Ltd.,
York Road,
Easingwold,
York,
YO61 3EB
Tel: 01347 823678
Email: office@howellsvets.co.uk
http://www.howellsvets.co.uk/

My specific vet recommendation is Laura Sloan, who I followed when she recently moved from my local practice. There's not a lot of good-with-rats vets round here, but she's definitely worth travelling to. Most of the rats she's treated have been mine/ with me, but she owns hamsters herself so gets the small rodent thing. She's happy to go the extra mile e.g. independently researching and discussing drug options. I've not seen any of the other vets at this practice as I've only been here once as yet (will be staying!) but all I've talked to in the waiting room have been professional and genuinely interested in my rats (unlike some other experiences I've had). Their receptionists/ nurses are also some of the loveliest I've spoken to. I had to sign an off licence disclaimer, but this wasn't problematic.

Update January '14: Laura left the practice in the summer - since then I usually see Becky, who is my first choice for both consults and surgery. [Be aware when booking that there's also a nurse called Becki.] I've now seen a number of other vets at the practice and while they may not all have that much rat-specific knowledge they're open about this and happy for you to work with them when deciding on treatment plans.
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Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Post by warrick » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:36 pm

I took my girls to Chris Mason for a check-up last October, following the recommendation from HannahF above.

He was great but was a little surprised that I'd brought my rats from where I live to see him (25 miles). He recommended Pennine Vets in Harwood, Bolton as an alternative and also said he sends a lot of exotics over to PV.

175 Longsight
Harwood
Bolton
BL2 3JF
Telephone: 01204 609060
http://www.penninevets.co.uk

I've very recently dealt with Gillian and Charlotte while vet Ian Ross carried out a lump removal on one of my does. It felt that they had a lot of time to give, answered all of my questions and concerns and showed a genuine interest in the care of my pet. They came across as very confident and experienced in dealing with rats.

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Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Post by Jemma » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:41 am

Preston
Oakhill vets
Rachel Winder

I really recommend Rachel Winder at Oakhill vets in Preston

http://www.oakhill-vets.com/small-animals
She mainly works out of the watling street road practice but can sometimes be at Conway drive. The vets cover all days of the week though surgery is limited on sat and Sunday to either watling street road (sun) or conway drive (sat).

She's possibly one of the best rat vets in the country, she had very good knowledge but is the type of vet who is always trying to improve her methods. For instance a doe removed her stitches post spay so Rachel note bathes all surgery wounds in local anesthetic to try and help. She had managed some quite high risk and complex surgery's and had a great survival rate. The rats also genuinely like her and agree clearly likes them. Definitely worth traveling to.

i also have used both Andrew and the other Rachel and they seem good to though not with quite as in depth knowledge.

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Re: Recommended vets in the North of England

Post by Helzie » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:35 am

Since I moved to Newcastle, I have been going to Judith at FirstVets, Forest Hall, who is also brilliant.
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Post by Helzie » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:44 am

Newcastle
a warning - I used emergency care from Blythman and Partners in Newcastle as it was nearer than my vet's emergency service. I had an appalling experience which really put me off and I felt others should know about.

Despite having been reassured by reception both before and after my appointment that they DID see emergency cases who weren't regular clients (there's a higher fee, but I don't mind that), the vet refused to examine my rat until he had given me an aggressive lecture on how he resented being called in out of hours for someone who wasn't a regular client, and how he expected to see all my business transferred to him the next day because it wasn't worth his while to see me otherwise.

The care was cursory - he didn't examine my boy, dismissed my observations about the case and past history, and simply said he would give 'some injectables'. I wasn't given the opportunity to discuss care or give consent as he'd already disappeared into the back room to fetch them. He seemed very irritated when I pressed for more information and to discuss treatment, and kept reiterating his 30 years of experience.

I wasn't given his name at the appointment and they refused to tell me afterwards. However, this is a vet who puts profit before animal welfare and whose client and animal care was not in line with RCVS standards.
Fastnet, Tyne, Humber.

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