I have just bought a new puppy. Do I need to register or enrol with a vet’s straight away or wait until I need to see a vet?
It is advisable to enrol your new pet soon after you obtain it, and we would recommend to get it examined even though it may seem perfectly OK to you. This gives you the opportunity to discuss vaccinations, worming, diet, neutering, parasite control, behaviour, puppy parties and socialisation of your new pet. Many vets will conduct a new puppy and kitten health check free of charge. Legally, to dispense any medicines including flea treatments and most wormers, the pet has to be registered and usually clinically examined beforehand. You also get the opportunity to meet your local veterinary health care team, and find out where to go and whom to ring if you have an emergency. Don’t delay, get registered today.
What happens if my pet gets sick during the night?
All vets must offer a 24 hour emergency service for their own clients either themselves or through a neighbouring practice with which they have an agreement, or through a dedicated emergency service locally with which they have an agreement. So if you need veterinary advice at any time, then ring your own practice and they will answer the phone or have a message on whom else to contact in an emergency.
Where can I get more info about working in a vets?
There are many different types of work in a veterinary surgery : nursing, reception, administration, practice management, and obviously a veterinarian. If you are interested in nursing try contacting the head nurse at your local practice. Many further education institutions offer animal care or veterinary nursing courses, and you should have details of these at your school. If you want to be a vet, it helps to know about how a vet works, and you may be able to help out in your free time at weekends or in the holidays. Contact your own vet to see if they can accommodate you.