VET’S DIARY: Open invitation to join anniversary celebrations

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I can scarcely believe it but this time last year in Alnwick, we were busily preparing for our long-anticipated move to the newly-refurbished surgery in Wagonway Road, writes David Young.

The move consolidated all of our services under one roof and we’re now able to offer small animal and large animal treatment and surgery from the same premises.

Time has just flown by and we are now firmly ensconced in our new surgery with clients, patients and staff alike enjoying their new surroundings.

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the surgery’s reopening we would like to invite our loyal clients, both old and new, as well as the people from Alnwick and the surrounding area, to join us at the surgery’s open day on Sunday, September 1, from 2pm to 5pm.

Entry is free and we will be offering tours and demonstrations behind the scenes of the surgery and the facilities and equipment we have available.

There will be a four-category fun dog show as well as old fashioned fete games.

Refreshments will be available and we hope to welcome as many of you as possible along.

We have invited local charities along on the day to show the sterling work they do to help the animals of Northumberland and with whom we work closely on a regular basis.

We are pleased to be welcoming SHAK, Sarda, Red Squirrels Northern England, Alexa’s Animals, Parrt and several other charities along on the day.

The work local charities do is really important and close to the heart of many of our staff and clients, some of whom help to run the charities.

The open day will mark the first of what we hope will be a series of events which will see us throwing open our doors to clients and the local communities.

While it may seem a little early to be planning for fireworks night, that’s exactly what we’re busily doing here as we are planning to host a small animal client evening later in September on the theme of fireworks.

We know that many of our patients and clients find fireworks night and the weeks leading up to it to be a distressing time of year, especially if their pets are anxious of the loud noises and flashes and bangs.

One of our very knowledgeable younger vets, Sara Jackson, has a particular interest in animal behaviour and will be holding a talk about how you can help your pet get through the fireworks season and what treatments and techniques are available to help your pet cope.

September might seem early but if medication is required then some of the treatments need to be started up to six weeks in advance so end of September is a good time to begin a course of treatment if it’s right for your pet.

The next few weeks will certainly be busy at the surgery and we hope that these two events will mark the start of many more.

We hope that you will join us on September 1, to enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes of our refurbished surgery and by coming along on the day you will also be showing your support to some fantastic local charities. All are welcome and we hope to see you there.