1, Cat Hill, East Barnet, EN4 8HG Tel. 020 8440 5742  

Complimentary Veterinary Nurse Clinics

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Accredited Cat Friendly Clinic

New members of the East Barnet Veterinary Practice Team

We are pleased to welcome 2 new members to our team:-

Rachel Barnes - Veterinary Surgeon

The role of the Veterinary Nurse in Veterinary Practice has increasingly developed over the past few years. At East Barnet Veterinary Practice our team of qualified  & Trainee Veterinary Nurses play a major role in the care of your pet.

Charlie, one of our Head Veterinary Nurses now offers a number of complimentary clinics to advise pet owners on preventative healthcare. Charlie is not only a qualified and experienced (20 years qualified) Veterinary Nurse, but is also a trained Pet Health Counsellor and able to advise you on all aspects of your pet’s health care.

Clinics to be held on Thursday afternoons between 2.00-5.30pm and also the last Saturday of the month (other times may be available by prior arrangement).

Dental Clinic

Free clinic. Dental help and Advice from the really young to the really old. All pets of any age can develop dental problems and this clinic is designed to give advice on preventative dental healthcare, oral hygiene and dental problem symptoms.

Come for a free dental assessment, post treatment follow ups to keep teeth and gums healthy and advice about home care treatments such as dental chews  and  brushing.

Weight clinic

Free clinic. According to recent findings by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), more than 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats can be classified as overweight or obese. A gain of even a pound or two of additional fat on some dogs and cats can place significant stress on the body.

Some of the conditions that can occur as a result of excess weight are: 

Exercise intolerance, decreased stamina

Respiratory compromise (breathing difficulty)

Heat intolerance

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Diabetes or insulin resistance

Liver disease or dysfunction

Osteoarthritis (lameness)

Increased surgical/anaesthetic risk

Lowered immune system function

Increased risk of developing malignant tumours (cancer)

Come for a free weight check and advice on the best diet for a happier and healthier pet. We provide regular free checks for support and encouragement.

Other services available

Minor procedures carried out by the nurse are subject to a small charge;

anal glands

ear cleaning

claw clipping

administering medication

administration of flea and worm treatments

Please ask at Reception or call 020 8440 5742 to book an appointment.



East Barnet Veterinary Surgery have recently been accredited as a Gold Cat Friendly Clinic by International Cat Care (formerly known as the Feline Advisory Bureau). The International Society of FelineMedicine set up the Cat Friendly Clinic Standard to recognise the wide-ranging needs of cats in a veterinary clinical setting. This is a rigorous accreditation scheme designed to demonstrate that certified clinics:

     • Understand the unique needs of cats and have made veterinary visits more cat-friendly. 

     • Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner.

     • Have good standards of equipment needed to investigate and treat feline diseases Have a good standard of facilities and care for hospitalised cats.

Any ISFM Cat Friendly Standard accredited clinic will be pleased to show you round the clinic, let you

see ‘behind the scenes’, and explain to you and show you what they do to help improve their cat care in the clinic.

The Cat Friendly Clinic standard involves all staff, from receptionists, nurses and technicians, through to    

Veterinarians. Each accredited clinic also has at least one ‘cat advocate’ – a member of staff who ensures the cat friendly standards are adhered to, and who would be happy.

All of this leads to a much better experience for cats and their owners, and a higher quality of care.

Under the scheme, clinics can be awarded Silver or Gold level status. This recognises that vet clinics can vary widely in their size, location, structure, staffing and equipment.

For full details of the standards required to be accredited Gold Standard, please click on this link - International Cat Care

Our Cat Advocates are Rachel Barnes (Veterinary Surgeon) and Charlotte Taylor-Davis (Veterinary Nurse).

Rachael is our new Vet. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2008 & worked in small animal & exotic practice for 5 years before joining the team at East Barnet. In 2011 Rachael completed the General Practitioners Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice. She enjoys treating all manner of pets including dogs, cats, small mammals, reptiles, birds & even the occasional fish. She is an enthusiastic surgeon and loves the variety of cases she sees. She lives at home with boyfriend Tim, dog (Lenny), cats (Joey & Puss) and tortoise (Tortellini). Rachael is not new to East Barnet Veterinary Practice as she did work experience on Saturdays at the Practice when she was at school, before going on to train as a Veterinary Surgeon!

Laura  Haswell - Veterinary Nurse

Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013, having spent 2 years at East Barnet Veterinary Surgery as a Student Veterinary Nurse. She lives at home with her family & her 2 cats, Evie & Eric, who were both initially strays from the Practice. After graduating, Laura spent a month volunteering at the Sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Although unlikely to use her Sloth knowledge in London, she enjoyed the experience & would like to do volunteer work with more unusual animals again in the future.

We have up to 10 dogs to each course – the course consists of four weekly classes covering dog behaviour and training, socialisation, legal aspects of dog ownership and basic health and grooming, followed by tea and coffee. The course is primarily for puppies but is open to anyone interested even if the dog is slightly older. The classes will be available on a first come, first served basis. Places must be pre-booked in advance by calling in or telephoning the Practice.

The fee for the 4 week course will be £30.00 (£7.50 per class). The full course fee of £30.00 will be payable at the time of booking!

To reserve your place on a course, please call in at the Surgery

or telephone the practice on 020 8440 5742

For full information about our Puppy Training Classes & photos  CLICK HERE

The Practice has started puppy training classes on a Wednesday evening

The classes Take place at the Surgery from 7 – 8 pm and will be run by Terri Corbett a local dog trainer, together with members of the practice.


Puppy Training Classes

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We are pleased to announce that Ralph Bailey & Murry Welsh have both been nominated for the the Petplan Vet of the Year award.

The annual Petplan Veterinary awards are held in association with Veterinary Times.

Now in their 15th year, the awards recognise veterinary professionals across six categories:

     •     Vet of the Year

     •     Vet Nurse of the Year

     •     Vet Practice of the Year

     •     Vet Support Staff of the Year

     •     Practice Manager of the Year

     •     Petplan Insurance Advisor of the Year

Last year's awards received a record 11,000 nominations from clients and veterinary staff, highlighting the excellent work that goes on in practices up and down the UK.

Simon Masding, Petplan's head of sales and partnerships, said: "We have a rich history of working with veterinary practices. We work with more than 4,000 veterinary practices across the UK, more than any other provider, and the veterinary awards are our way to recognise and celebrate the fantastic work that goes on in helping keep pets healthy and their owners happy.

Click here to visit the Petplan website & find out more about the awards.


Ralph & Murry both nominated for Petplan Vet of the Year


East Barnet Veterinary Practice are pleased to be a participating Practice in The Dogs Trust free microchipping service,

Microchipping will soon be compulsory for all dog owners in England, following an announcement made by the Westminster Government that has been welcomed by Dogs Trust. The Welsh Government has also announced that microchipping will be compulsory for all dogs in Wales by 1st March 2015

Why is Dogs Trust supporting compulsory microchipping?

Dogs Trust has set aside a substantial investment to ensure that every owner can have their dog chipped as we know that compulsory microchipping is the single most effective way to get a dog returned to its owner. Prevention is better and cheaper than cure. Much as we love the dogs in our care, we'd rather that they stay with their owners rather than coming to us.

There is still substantial need for our rehoming centres, but we want to use our funds and expertise to tackle the problem at both ends, save lives and reduce the need for rehoming services.

For more information on The Dogs Trust & Microchipping your dog Click here

Benefits of Microchipping

Get your dog microchipped and have the assurance that should he become lost (or be stolen), he is more likely to be returned to you safe and sound.

Microchipping also has a number of other welfare benefits, including:

          All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer

          Deterrent to dog theft

          Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

          Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

          Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

          Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly.

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery provide FREE Microchipping for your Dog from The Dogs Trust

Please call the Practice if you would like to book an appointment for a free microchip for your dog.

020 8440 5742

Axolotl for rehoming

>>>Stop Press - the Axolotl has now been re-homed<<<

We have a young black axolotl which is looking for a new home due to a change in the circumstances of his previous owner.

Comes with tank, filter and lighting. It lives in tap water &eats earthworms.

Free to a good home.

Please telephone the Practice for further details 020 8440 5742

To read more about Axolotls, visit www.axolotl.org



Everyone at East Barnet Veterinary Practice were saddened to hear that our friend and colleague Sharon Harrington had passed away on Wednesday 9th April 2014 after bravely fighting a long illness. Sharon had worked as a Receptionist at the Practice for the last 14 years. She was much loved by the staff and will be fondly remembered by many of our clients. We all miss her very much. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Sharon Harrington


East Barnet Veterinary Practice is supporting the Think Rabbit (and Guinea Pig) month, May 2014

East Barnet Veterinary Surgery has made the ‘small furry’ promise, with the aim of providing high levels of care to rabbits, guinea pigs and other ‘small furries’.

* This practice promises to recognise rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries as very important pets.

* This practice promises to make sure that they will only stock no added sugar, high fibre foods.

* This practice promises that at least one individual from our healthcare team will undertake to complete at least one ‘small furry’-specific training course per year.

* This practice promises to ‘think rabbit’ when making any changes to the layout, design or protocols within the practice.

* This practice promises to ensure we have suitable food and equipment available in the event that we have to hospitalise a rabbit, guinea pig or other small furry pet.

* This practice promises to ‘think rabbit’ when stocking our pharmacy.

Come along and talk to us about the products and services we can provide to help keep your rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furries in tip top condition and collect a Think Rabbit goodie bag containing:-

Rabbit & Guinea Pig food samples

Informations about your pets

A money off voucher for Rabbit and Guinea Pig food

A sticker


May is Think Rabbit (& Guinea Pig) Month

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