During the start of 2017, we welcomed two new additions to our veterinary team expanding and increasing our knowledge and expertise.
Heather Fordham joined us as a Saturday vet initially, however has now increased her hours with us. Heather graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and has a special interest in feline and chicken medicine. Outside of work, she is a big netball enthusiast along with having two children, two cats and a husband to look after.
Marina Crockford joined us in January this year on a full-time basis after previously working in Cardiff for the last 29 years. She has a strong interest in surgery including orthopaedics. In her spare time, Marina likes to hit the slopes in the winter and go cycling for the rest of the year.
The manufacturer of our rabbit vaccines is currently experiencing a temporary shortage in supply.
However, we have managed to source a multi-dose vaccine. This multi-dose vaccine needs to be used within 4 hours of opening and therefore we need to group rabbits requiring vaccines together.
We are holding a rabbit vaccination clinic at our Walnut Tree Hospital on:
• Saturday 17th June – morning appointments
Due to the inconvenience this may cause, we are offering a 25% DISCOUNT* on Myxomatosis vaccinations until supplies return to normal.
We are anticipating normal stock to resume from the start of July.
Please call 01908 397777 to book an appointment.
*Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and can only be used on a Rabbit Vaccine Clinic date.
Throughout May, MK Vet Group will be supporting Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. The aim of this campaign is to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse within veterinary practices.
Every day working as a veterinary nurse is different – no two pets are the same and each one is treated as an individual.
Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can also…..
Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds, Take and run blood samples, Place intravenous catheters, Place urinary catheters, Monitor critical patients, Carry out minor surgical procedures such as removing a lipoma (fatty lump), Using the microscope to evaluate all manner of samples, Calculate the exact number of calories a patient needs per day, along with fluid requirements and urinary output, Assist the Vet in surgical procedures, Revive neonates (puppies and kittens!) during a caesarian section, Assist with CPR of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest, Administer all manner of medication (be it oral, topical, under the skin, into a muscle or veins, Administer oxygen therapy to patients who may be experiencing difficulty breathing, Carry out nursing consultations, Administer second vaccinations, Take blood pressure readings, Update owners of patients who are staying with us for longer periods of time and arrange visits, Triage emergency cases, Support owners through the times where euthanising their pet may be necessary, and ensuring that your pet is always treated with dignity, Giving advice on behavioural problems, Keep the practice clean and tidy and ensure everybody has had enough tea / coffee, Ensuring that we have enough stock of all the drugs and consumables used on a day to day basis, Help on the reception desk, advising clients over the phone
… And this is just the start. Aren’t we busy bees?
As most of you know, people can be blood donors – but did you know that dogs can be blood donors too?
The Pet Blood Bank is a charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practices across the UK. Run as a voluntary scheme just like the human blood service, dogs from all over the country give blood at many of their sessions.
On Saturday 13th May at 10am, Milton Keynes Veterinary Group will be hosting our fifth Pet Blood Bank donor session at our branch at 7 Stoke Road, Bletchley, and we are calling out for more donors to register.
To fit the doggie donor criteria, your dog needs to be:
Fit and healthy
Between one and 8 years old
Weigh more than 25kg
Have a good temperament
Have never travelled abroad
Not on any medication
For more information, or if you are interested in registering your pet to become a doggie blood donor, please contact the surgery on 01908 397777 and ask to speak to Jess, or register directly with Pet Blood Bank at www.petbloodbankuk.org