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Services

At Hall Place Vet Centre we offer X-rays, orthopaedics, puppy parties and more

  • Consultations
  • Critical Intensive Care
  • Home Visits
  • Hospitalisation
  • Nurse Clinics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Cardiology
  • Ordering Repeat Prescriptions
  • Ordering Food
  • Out of Hours
  • Animal Health Certificate (AHC)

Consultations

We recommend, where possible, requesting to see the same veterinary surgeon on each visit. This is particularly important when dealing with an ongoing condition and it encourages development of a good relationship between the veterinary surgeon, client and patient. Of course we appreciate how stressful it can be when your pet is unwell, but if possible giving as much information to the vet at the time of consultation is always useful.

The following is a guide:

  • What is the main problem with your pet?
  • When did you first notice this?
  • Has the problem worsened with time?
  • Has the pet had any similar previous problems?
  • Has your pet’s appetite, thirst, urination and stools changed?
  • Has your pet’s routine, diet and temperament changed recently?
  • Are your pet’s vaccinations up to date?
  • Has your pet had any recent flea or worm treatments?
  • Have you treated your pet with anything for the problem?
  • Is your pet on medication for any other condition?

Critical Intensive Care

The kennels enable hospitalisation and veterinary surgeon/veterinary nurse monitoring of extremely ill animals in a critical condition and those requiring intensive care.

  • Intravenous fluid therapy.
  • Support feeding by nasopharyngeal or even pharyngostomy/oesophagostomy feeding.
  • Individual, tailored feeding diets and regimes.
  • Facilities for round the clock care and monitoring.
  • Separate facilities for dogs and cats.

Home Visits

We will always try and accommodate such a request, especially when a patient has reached the end and that final difficult decision for euthanasia has been made.

If possible please try and give us plenty of notice when requesting a home visit.

Generally, if you contact us before 10.00 am, we will try and make the visit that same day.

Hospitalisation

Should your pet require hospitalisation for medical or surgical treatment, this is undertaken at our hospital facilities at Pinkneys Green. We offer comprehensive veterinary surgical and medical facilities as follows:

Surgical Facilities

Our surgical facilities at Maidenhead include two purpose built operating theatres and a surgical preparation room, with a separate radiography suite and darkroom. These facilities were designed to offer the highest standards of sterility for surgical procedures.

Laboratory

In house laboratory facilities offering full biochemistry/haematology/urinalysis work up, with results available on the same day. Immediate results are essential in critical care and in emergencies. Where concerns exist regarding elderly or infirm animals, pre-anaesthetic blood tests can be performed to assess health status prior to general anaesthetic.

Microscopy, for examination of skin parasites, urine crystals etc. may also be done on site.
We also have access to a wide range of external laboratories for histopathology, cytology and more specialised diagnostics where necessary.

Diagnostic Imaging

We are one of the few Veterinary practices in the UK offering the DR digital radiography system. This comprises a fixed plate X-ray detector.

This is different to the digital CR system which requires the detector plate to be physically moved to a reader, rather like the old chemical film system.

This is genuine state of the art technology and exceeds the standards in a large number of human hospitals.

The system offers image quality of outstanding quality and picture acquisition only 3 seconds after exposure.

This is of obvious benefit when taking any series of films, but allows almost real time results when undertaking procedures such as myelography.

Ultrasound Imaging

We have three ultrasound scanners allowing us to examine a range of animals and conditions:

  • Examination of growths or fluid accumulation in the chest.
  • Examination of structures in the abdomen.
  • Pregnancy diagnosis.
  • Tendon and joint examinations in horses.
  • Fertility examinations in cattle and horses.

Electrocardiography

We can undertake ECG of your pet where there is any suspicion of heart or circulatory disease:

  • ECG monitoring of road traffic accident cases.
  • ECG monitoring of anaesthetic animals at risk.

In-patients

Our purpose built kennels are fully heated with further provision for additional in-kennel heating where required.

They provide safe, secure and comfortable accommodation for optimum recovery of your pet from surgery and for sick animals requiring specialised care away from home.

We have separate kennel and cattery accommodation for dogs, and for cats reducing the stress factors and helping to make their stay more comfortable.

Unstable patients will be transferred to MiNightVets.

Nurse Clinics

Our qualified veterinary nurses, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, run our nurse clinics. The clinics are available by appointment at three of our surgeries and are completely free to our clients. If you would like to take advantage of this we would be very happy to hear from you. Please telephone the respective surgery to make a mutually convenient time to see the nurse.

At present we can offer the following:

Junior Health Check

Available for pets 6-8 months of age, includes a health check and the opportunity to chat to our nurses to ask questions or receive advice on any problems you may be experiencing with your adolescent pet.

Dental clinics

Available for pets that have recently received dental treatment. Your pet’s teeth will be checked and advice on dental care given.

Wellness Screening

Available for cats over 7 years, dogs over 5 years and giant breed dogs over three years.

Vital for the early detection of medical conditions in the older pet. 

Includes a health check, blood, urine and blood pressure tests and the opportunity to discuss and receive advice regarding any aspect of your pet’s health/behaviour. 

This is great value at just £85.00 and would be a 30-minute appointment.

If there are any results that are of concern your pet would be booked in to discuss these during a chargeable vet consultation.

Puppy and kitten clinics

Available for young pets (under 6 months of age), includes a health check and the opportunity to chat to our nurses asking questions or receiving advice on any problems you may be experiencing with your young pet.

Weight clinics

Available for all pets, generally as a referral from a vet giving you the opportunity to discuss diet/exercise in more detail and to ask questions relevant to your pet’s weight. Your pet’s weight will be recorded, a diet regime suggested and a follow up appointment made.

Orthopaedics

Stuart Butler Bsc. BVSc. PhD. CertSAO. MRCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in SA Orthopaedics

Stuart Butler qualified in 1985 from Bristol University and, after a brief spell in general practice, returned to University to study for a PhD in orthopaedics, specialising in fracture repair. He went on to gain a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons qualification in Small Animal Orthopaedics, and has been specialising in orthopaedics since 1995, and is now a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Advanced Practitioner in SA Orthopaedics.

This allows Hall Place Veterinary Centre to offer the very latest in expertise and equipment to deal with all bone, joint or muscle diseases, from simple lameness cases through to complex fractures or spinal injuries.

Because of this expertise we run a busy referral service dealing with the more complicated and serious orthopaedic or spinal cases from other veterinary practices, both local and not so local.

  • If you are being referred to Hall Place Veterinary Centre with an orthopaedic case you will automatically have an appointment with Stuart.
  • If you are a client of Hall Place Veterinary Centre, and wish specifically to see Stuart, please contact reception. Please note all our vets will refer internally to Stuart, should this be necessary.
  • If you are a client from another practice and wish to see Stuart, please contact your practice to arrange a referral.
  • If you are a referring veterinary surgeon please telephone 01628 622086 to discuss a case or arrange a referral, or click the link for more details. Please note we offer a free verbal radiograph reporting service (usually same day) and free advice on the management of your cases.

We offer a comprehensive range of orthopaedic and spinal treatment.
Find here out more about orthopaedics services.

Cardiology

Olga Kucinska graduated in 2016 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland.

Since then she has always had an interest in cardiology and ultrasound imaging. She has successfully completed a General Practitione Certificate (GPCert) in Cardiology in 2021 and she is currently working towards Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Veterinary Cardiology (PGC). She is a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and a member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society.

If a heart condition is suspected, Olga will discuss further tests which can allow us to determine the existence, severity and location of a condition or disease. Upon initial consultation, we will decide which procedure or test is necessary under the circumstances. Diagnostics could involve a variety of different procedures. All of those methods are non-invasive and usually perform with your pet awake. Only very occasionally do we give mild sedation if an animal is very fractious. Following the diagnosis, we will discuss with you the best treatment plan for your pet.

We offer cardiology services, including:

Blood pressure assessment. It is a non-invasive way to assess if your pet's blood pressure is healthy, or if it's high or low. High blood pressure can increase the risk of developing heart diseases.

Cardiology blood tests. Including thyroid, Taurine, BNP or troponin levels. Some of these tests examine specific substances related to heart function, called cardiac biomarkers. They may be helpful in differentiating cardiac causes of respiratory distress or providing more information about the severity of heart disease.

Digital thoracic radiography: It is showing how large the heart is (diseased hearts usually swell); and secondly, to give us an idea of how much fluid is building up in the chest.

Electrocardiography. Primarily used for assessment of heart rhythm. An ECG is performed with your dog or cat awake. Your pet will have sticky electrodes attached to the skin and an ECG trace will be taken.

Holter monitor. It is used to record a continuous ECG trace typically from 24hrs to 48h. It is very useful in the diagnosis of intermittent arrhythmias that may be responsible for episodes of fainting or collapse.

Echocardiography. It is a safe, non-invasive way of imaging the heart. It is used for the investigation of heart murmurs (to find out where the murmur originates from) and to assess how well the heart is contracting and relaxation.

   

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

Legislation regarding the prescription of drugs dictates that animals have to be under direct veterinary supervision before medication can be given.

In general, we will issue repeat prescriptions for animals we have examined within the last four months, but thereafter insist we see you first.

Repeat examination of your animal is a good idea as it allows us to monitor progress and ensure current medication is appropriate, and that no complications are developing, and also ensures we all adhere to the letter of the law.

Flea & Worming Treatment – NEW GUIDANCE

As of September 1st 2023, the RCVS has stated that all pets need to be seen for a health examination by a Veterinary Surgeon at least once a year in order for us to prescribe flea & worming treatments or if you want to change to a different product (e.g. a spot on to a tablet form).

The health check will incur a consultation fee.

Written Prescriptions

You may obtain POM-V medications from the practice or, when appropriate, request a written prescription. A written prescription enables the prescription to be obtained from another veterinary surgeon or from a pharmacy.

You will need to provide us with the name of your chosen pharmacy when requesting the written prescription.

A fee will be charged for issuing a written prescription and for dispensing repeat prescriptions.

Repeat Prescriptions

We request that these are ordered three to four working days in advance on our website, in person or by telephone directly to one of our team members on the usual number: 01628 622086

Ordering Food

Good nutrition is the foundation for growth and a healthy life, which is why we believe in supplying good quality pet food. We supply Royal Canin for dogs and cats which comes in wet and dry form. These foods offer a complete diet for your pets. 

Prescription diets may be recommended by your vet. These will provide optimum nutrition to aid in your pet’s recovery from surgery or illness. They may also specifically provide the optimum dietary requirements in managing long term chronic conditions such as renal (kidney) or cardiac (heart) conditions. They are designed to facilitate an increased life span and increased quality of life.

We can also supply any other pet food at competitive prices. All orders need to be ordered three to four working days in advance. They will then be available in our practice for collection.

All food is supplied at competitive prices and can be ordered three to four working days in advance over the telephone and then collected three to four working days after from any of our surgeries.

Out of Hours

For any emergencies whilst we are closed our out of hours service providers, Vets Now are a phone call away for help and are based in High Wycombe. You can contact them simply by calling us on the number you would usually call and you will be given the option to be transferred through to one of the Vets Now surgeries in the event of a veterinary emergency. You can also call them directly when we are closed.

We continue to provide overnight care for any inpatients that are already with us where it is deemed appropriate so that they do not have to be moved between practices. If our vets feel that it is in the pet’s best interests to be transferred overnight to Vets Now for the purpose of intensive monitoring, the vet will discuss this with you in person and go through their recommendation. We do not have vets or nurses on site overnight however, we do have a system in place whereby late night checks are carried out for any inpatients and our clinical team are back on site early the next morning. If your pet is transferred to Vets Now overnight for intensive monitoring, they will typically be transferred back to us the following morning. Transfers are usually carried out between the practices by you as the owner as long as your pet is stable enough.

For more information on our emergencies out of hours please see here

Animal Health Certificate (AHC)

From 1st January 2021 Great Britain (GB) was given Part 2 listed status for the purposes of non-commercial pet travel. Official Veterinary Surgeons issue Animal Health Certificates (AHCs) in place of pet passports for pet dogs, cats and ferrets travelling to the EU from GB.

Previously issued EU pet passports which were issued in the UK will no longer be valid for travel to Europe.

This means that the following steps must be taken for your cat, dog, or ferret to travel to the EU:

  • Pets must be microchipped
  • Pets must be vaccinated against rabies - they must be at least 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated
  • Your pet must wait 21 days from date of vaccination before an AHC can be issued (as a Part 2 listed country there is no requirement for a rabies blood sample)
  • An AHC must be signed by an official vet no more than 10 days before travel
  • Supporting documents, ideally certified copies of a vaccination card or pet passport, are required to prove rabies vaccination and microchip details.

The AHC will be valid for 10 days after the date of issue for entry into the EU, onward travel within the EU for 4 months after the date of issue and re-entry to Great Britain for 4 months after the date of issue.

The AHC needs to be issued both in English and the official language of the planned EU Member State of entry to the EU. Please inform your veterinary practice when booking your AHC appointment which country will be the first you enter after leaving GB.

Your pet will need a new animal health certificate (AHC) for each trip to the EU.

We offer this service in partnership with Heathrow Vets. When booking please let us know your date of travel and which country is the first EU country you will be entering. As we have to send away for the paperwork, we request that as much notice as possible is given when booking.