Abington Park Vets

Coming soon – Pet Health Club

by Abington Park Vets on September 19, 2017 Comments Off on Coming soon – Pet Health Club

Prevention is always better than cure!

We encourage pet owners at all three of our practices the opportunity to join our Pet Health Club scheme. This is a great way to spread the cost of your pets routine veterinary care over the course of a year whilst cutting the cost of preventative treatment and enjoying discounts on some other services and products.

Pet Health club does not replace your pet insurance which we recommend you take out alongside the Pet Health Club scheme to cover any emergency illness or accidents your pet could have throughout their life.

Cats, dogs and rabbits of all ages can all take advnatage of the Pet Health Club and enjoy the following treatments for a monthly direct debit starting from as little as £7.80 for rabbits and £12.50 for cats and dogs

  •  Vaccination course
  •  Kennel Cough Vaccination
  •  Six month health check
  •  Year round flea and worming treatment (flystrike treatment for rabbits)
  •  Annual urine test
  •  Nail clipping
  •  microchip or £10 voucher once per plan
  •  20% off selected lifetime medications and neutering

plus discounts on food and pet shop sales in practice!

What are the benefits of joining the plan?

Pets who have regular  preventative treatment year round allows our vets to identify and treat any illnesses early

For members the average saving on preventative care treatments ranges from £80 – £373

The pet Health Club plan provides peace of mind knowing that you are providing year round essential care for your pet keeping them happy and healthy

Monthly direct debits allow you to spread the cost of your pets healthcare so you can budget with no unexpected costs to pay

For each additional pet registered on the plan they will receive a discount of £1 per month on their pet health plan.

How can I find out more?

Pay a visit to one of our three welcoming practices today to find out more and express and interest in joining our Pet Health Club, our Abington practice is open 7 days a week and our Moulton and Acorn practices are open Monday – Friday

Alternatively you can call us on 01604 628685 or email info@abingtonvets.co.uk with any enquiries regarding this gold standard health care plan.

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by Abington Park Vets on March 24, 2016 Comments Off on EASTER HOLIDAY INFORMATION 2016: ACORN Veterinary Surgery


This surgery will be CLOSED from 

Friday 25th March 2016 – Monday 28th March 2016 inclusive

Our Wellingborough Road Surgery will be open 8:30am – 10:00pm throughout the Easter period including Easter Sunday

Tel 01604 628685

We now operate a full 24 hour emergency service from our Abington Surgery.
Our own team of dedicated night vets are always available to deal with urgent cases.

Urgent cases seen between 8pm and 8.00am will incur an emergency consultation fee of £28.00

In an Emergency Day or Night phone 01604 628685

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by Abington Park Vets on March 24, 2016 Comments Off on EASTER SUNDAY INFORMATION 2016


This surgery will be open as normal throughout the 

Easter Holiday Period – including Easter Sunday

In case of genuine emergency call 01604 628685, please be aware the cost of an emergency consultation on this day will be a minimum of £28.00 or greater depending on treatment required.

We operate a full 24 hour emergency service

from our Abington Surgery.

Our own team of dedicated night vets are always available to deal with urgent cases.
Urgent cases seen between 8pm and 8.00am will incur

an emergency consultation fee of £28.00.

In an Emergency Day or Night
phone 01604 628685

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Tor’s story – angular limb deformity

by Abington Park Vets on February 29, 2016 Comments Off on Tor’s story – angular limb deformity

Tor had an accident when she was five months old and suffered a minimally displaced fracture to her leg that healed with conservative management; however trauma in the growing patient can unfortunately disrupt the growth plates (zones of cartilage) at the top and bottom of every bone in the body. Some of Tor’s growth plates ceased growing early causing a leg deformity. This causes lameness and may lead to arthritis.

Our orthopaedic Surgeon, Jeremy Onyett, performed correctional surgery to straighten the alignment of Tor’s deformed and short leg. Use of dynamic motors allows bone lengthening (osteogenic distraction pioneered by Ilazorov).  Correction of limb length and alignment achieved to restore as much function as possible. Tor wore the external frame on her leg for 6 weeks, after which it was removed.

She is now back to normal puppy mischief.
Photo before and after surgery

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We said goodbye to Dr Andrew Jagoe

by Abington Park Vets on January 18, 2016 Comments Off on We said goodbye to Dr Andrew Jagoe

After 19 years at the practice, 16 of them as Clinical Director, we said goodbye to Dr Andrew Jagoe on 8th January.

Andrew has taken up an opportunity to set up an internal medicine referral practice in the west country. This is an exciting opportunity for Dr Jagoe and the move will also take him closer to his family.

He will be greatly missed by everyone at the practice, by his clients and by vets referring to him. We wish him well in his future.

Our medical referrals service will continue to be run by Dr Riccardo Minelli. Riccardo’s main interests are Internal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging (ultrasound and CT in particular). He is in the process of completing the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and has become a Clinical Director at the practice. Dr Minelli has also recently started to study for his certificate in veterinary diagnostic imaging which he aims to complete by January 2017.

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Happy Retirement Richard!

by Abington Park Vets on October 1, 2015 Comments Off on Happy Retirement Richard!

Au revoir from all the Abington Vets Team- Richard we will all miss you, we wish all the best in your retirement!
We are all very very sorry to see him go but here is a goodbye message from him:

At the end of September 2015 I will retire from Abington Park Veterinary Surgery. Working as a veterinary surgeon and business partner I have spent a very enjoyable twenty six years at the practice.
I qualified in 1982 and after seven years in mixed practice I joined John Prior and Nigel Anthony shortly after they had set up Abington Park Veterinary Surgery in 1985.
Together we provided a twenty four hour, seven day a week service to our clients and also built the practice up to where it is today with the help of Andrew Jagoe and Jeremy Onyett, our other longstanding veterinary colleagues.. We continued to expand and in 2003 opened up another clinic at Moulton College and later in 2008 a small clinic in St. James called Acorn .
Latterly, Independent Vetcare Ltd purchased our practice while still retaining all the experienced clinicians, nurses and support staff and since then we have been able to offer once again, a full 24/7 service all the year around.
To those client’s whose pets I have treated over the years I would like to say “Goodbye” and thank you for your loyalty and support to the practice.
To those many staff I have had the pleasure of working with over many years some of whom are still working here, I would like to thank you all for your support you have given me both clinically and in running the business side of the practice. I am sure our paths will cross in the future.
To my wife Louise, I would like to thank her for all the support she has given me through the years of running and working in the practice and in the early years for being available for answering the telephone out of hours as well as bringing up our son and daughter, Charlie and Tess, and working full time!
We are intending to travel widely both on my motorbike or in our motorhome, conversations about which I have held at length with some of my regular clients in the past!
I am intending to return to my roots and start making sausages and salami in my retirement ably trained for such by my late father who was a third generation pork butcher!
Going forward I wish the practice every success in its endeavours and know it will continue to provide an invaluable high quality service to all pet owning clients both locally and from afar.
Thank you
Richard Edwards .

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Is your pet stressed by fireworks?

by Abington Park Vets on August 25, 2015 Comments Off on Is your pet stressed by fireworks?

Join us for a special free client evening on 16th of September with Stephanie Hedges  BSc (Hons) CCAB Canine Behaviour Counsellor talking about stress in dogs and cats and how you as a pet owner can help them. There will be time for you to ask questions after the talk.  Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be served. Places are limited so click here to register now.

Venue: Moulton College Management Centre

Date: 16th September

Time: 7.30pm



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Adder Bites in Dogs

by Abington Park Vets on August 12, 2015 Comments Off on Adder Bites in Dogs

What are adders and where are they found?

  • The adder is the only venomous snake in the UK.
  • Adders are found throughout the UK and are a protected species so it is illegal to kill or injure them
  • Adders are relatively common in areas of rough, open countryside and are often associated with woodland edge habitats.
  • Adders are timid creatures so will not usually bite unless they feel threatened or cornered and usually try to move away from any perceived threat. This is because they need to conserve their venom for using on their prey species.

Why do dogs get bitten and how can I prevent this?

  •  Dogs will often disturb adders whilst exploring undergrowth which is why they are more likely to be bitten.
  • Most adder encounters occur during their active season between March and October.
  • To try and prevent your dog being bitten by an adder, keep them to paths and under control (preferably on a lead) in areas where adders are known to occur, during March to October.

How will I know if my dog has been bitten?

  • Swelling around the site of the bite this will usually appear within the first couple of hours, you may also see two small puncture wounds in the skin .
  • The pet may be lame, there may also be bruising or bleeding around the area of the bite.
  • If venom is absorbed into the bloodstream this could lead to other signs such as lethargy, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea and difficulty walking.
  • In some cases pets are more severely affected with breathing problems,convulsions, kidney failure, liver injury and bleeding disorders.

What do I do if my dog is bitten?

  • If your pet is bitten by an adder (or you suspect that it may have been) you should seek prompt veterinary attention.
  • Do not try first aid measures such as sucking out the venom or applying a tourniquet – these procedures are ineffective and may even cause further harm to your pet.
  • Try to keep your pet calm and wherever possible carry your dog rather than let it walk. Both these measures will help slow the spread of venom around the body.
  • With veterinary  treatment most pets will survive but whether they recover and how quickly they recover depends on several factors  -how quickly they receive veterinary attention, the size of the pet- smaller pets are more at risk, where the bite is- facial bites are worse and excessive swelling around the head and neck can cause breathing difficulties, and the strength of venom injected -venom is thought to be more toxic earlier in the year. Elderly pets and those with pre existing medical problems also tend to be more likely to have a poorer prognosis.

What do adders look like?

The adder is easily recognised by a dark ‘zig-zag’ stripe along its back. Background colours vary from grey – white in the male to shades of brown or copper in the female. On occasion, completely black specimens are described. They can grow to around 60cm in length and have a rather stocky appearance.

For further information on adders you can visit arc-trust.org website or for an easy identification guide see their excellent snake identification poster.

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Happy Birthday to us!

by Abington Park Vets on July 30, 2015 Comments Off on Happy Birthday to us!

Did you know that Abington Park Vets is celebrating it’s 30th Birthday this year? In 1985 two young vets Nigel Anthony and John Prior joined forces and set up a practice at 427 Wellingborough Road opposite the Abington Park. 30 years on we have over 70 staff and 3 surgeries offering a huge range of services to the pet owning public of Northampton – from a nail clip to a hip replacement and everything in between! We would love you all to share your memories of the practice over the years so please post your photos or comments on our wall. This photo shows just some of our staff who work in our Abington, Moulton and Acorn surgeries- (we do allow people to have days off and holidays!)

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De-Stress Your Pet!

by Abington Park Vets on July 21, 2015 Comments Off on De-Stress Your Pet!

Did you know that pets can suffer from stress just like we do? See our FAQs below for more information.

What causes stress in pets?

Firework season, moving house, being left “home alone” for long periods, going into kennels or catteries, travelling in the car, a new baby or new pet arriving in the house- are all examples of things that can cause stress in pets.

What happens when a pet is stressed?

Behaviour  changes such as hiding away, becoming destructive or going off their food are some common reactions to stress in pets.

How can I help my pet?

Make an appointment for one of our FREE De-Stress clinics – where one of our nurses can advise you on methods to combat stress in your pet.

Are there any drugs or other products that can help? 

We try to avoid sedatives for stress in pets unless these are absolutely necessary and only advise these for short term use.

There is a range of naturally derived products that we can advise on and until 31st of September we are running some special purchase offers on these. Please ask our staff for more details.

Our nurses can advise whether these are suitable to use on your pet during the De-Stress Clinic.

Phone 01604  644171/628685 to make an appointment for one of our De-Stress Clinics

This offer ends on 31st September 2015

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