Nurse clinics

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The veterinary nurses at Ark Veterinary Practice run a wide variety of nursing clinics available to all our patients and clients. Many are free, for those that aren’t, a small fee is payable, please ask.

If you have any queries or would just like some advice (including over the phone enquiries) our veterinary nurses are always on hand. Please contact us.

Clinics include

  • Free weight watchers clinic – Our nurses can offer advice on diet and weight management.
  • Free post-op checks – This includes removal of stitches.
  • Free admit/discharge appointments – Admit and discharge appointments allow our nursing team to gather information needed for your pet’s stay with us and answer any questions or queries you may have upon their admission and discharge.
  • Nail clipping – The nurses are happy to trim nails and offer advice (give demonstrations) on nail clipping at home (fee payable).
  • Free flea and worming clinics – We offer free flea checks and appointments to discuss flea and worming treatment. We can also administer any treatment purchased in practice free of charge.
    NOTE: Dispensing of products is subject to your pet having been seen by one of our veterinary surgeons in the last 12 months. This is because our preferred products are often prescription only medications.
  • Tick removal – We can demonstrate and safely remove ticks (fee payable).
  • Free puppy/kitten consultations – This is a good opportunity to answer any questions and queries you may have as well as a chance for lots of positive interaction, this will help reinforce your pet’s confidence and social skills and reduce their anxiety and stress when coming to the practice in the future.
  • Free “puppy problem” consultations with Rachel – These are run by two of our qualified (registered) veterinary nurses who have a special interest in dog behaviour. Although not qualified behaviourists, both are undertaking additional study in the behavioural field. The consults are a chance to get advice on common puppy behavioural concerns and another opportunity to bring your puppy to the practice to gain their confidence here. If your pet’s behaviour is giving particular cause for concern, you may be advised to contact an animal behaviourist. If you need to do so, make sure you choose someone registered with the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)
  • Applying and administering medications (and giving demonstrations of how to do so) – Advice on and demonstrations of how to give oral medication (by mouth); application of eye or ear drops and applying flea treatments and similar products. Free for medications or products purchased here.
  • Blood sampling – As directed by one of the veterinary surgeons, the veterinary nurses can obtain blood samples from patients (especially those that have recently seen the vet where it was not possible or appropriate to take the blood at the time of consultation). (Fee payable).

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Free puppy parties

Our nurses run regular puppy parties for puppies under six months of age. These one off socialisation parties include a tour of the practice, a talk by our nurses on healthcare and behaviour, as well as puppy playtime! Clients can contact us to be placed onto the invite list. Once the list is full (numbers are limited to a maximum of eight puppies at any one party) invites are sent out to clients giving the date and time, asking clients to RSVP to the practice. If you are a client with a suitable puppy (under six months of age, not showing any signs of ill health and in receipt of at least his/her first vaccination) and would like to attend, please contact reception to be added onto the list.