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Welcome to the Animal Medical Centre, part of the Caring Vets family of independent veterinary practices.
The Animal Medical centre has been open for over 25 years and it was opened with the intention of creating a veterinary practice that would bring the best in innovative veterinary techniques and an uncompromising attitude to your pet’s care. The Animal Medical Centre is now one of the leading Practices in Northampton and exists on the common belief that pets are an integral part of the family.
We have two Vets, Ms Patricia Wood MRCVS & Mr Radek Konderla MRCVS; our team of Registered Nurses, Student Nurses and Veterinary Care Assistants are led & mentored by our Head Nurse, Ms Sarah Bennett RVN. We are also incredibly lucky to have such a good support from our reception team, who will greet you at the end of the phone offering you the help you need.
Although we are a small practice we have outstanding facilities and have the time to really care about our patients, offering a personal service, which we think makes us stand out. If you are thinking about registering & want to pop in and meet us, please do. We would be more than happy to answer any queries you may have.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PERFECT
FIRST STEPS PACKAGE
Initial Vaccination Course (2 Vaccinations)
Complimentary Veterinary Health Check
3 months Flea and Worming Treatment
Microchip & Registration
Complimentary Bag of recommended food
50% discount on our in house Puppy Socialisation & Behaviour Classes
10% Discount on Neutering
A Kong Toy
4 Weeks free Insurance
FREE Nail clip if required.
ALL FOR THE PRICE OF £85
£180 FOR DOGS
£135 FOR CATS
FREE annual vaccinations for the duration of their life. This also includes a complimentary veterinary health check at the same time every year.
Overall this could save you up to £200 for a dog and up to £300 for a cat over an average lifespan. This hassle free package provides you with the peace of mind knowing that all your pets vaccination costs have been taken care of.
In order for your pet to continually qualify as a VIP Furever member your pet's annual vaccinations are required to have been renewed by ourselves within 28 days of their due date.
(N4U) is unbeatable for neutering. We charge the lowest price locally to neuter your pet. In addition we only choose the best post operative care products to aid pain relief and full recovery. We discount our neutering by up to 80% but refuse to alter the care we provide.
If your pet was a Perfect 1st Steps pup or kitten then you get a further 10% discount. Unbeatable price, unbelievable care.
BUG BUSTER IS A COMPLETE ANNUAL FLEA AND WORM PREVENTION PACKAGE
Buy 12 months Veterinary strength flea and worming protection and receive a huge 50% discount, with prices aimed to beat the internet or retail
Each local Caring Vets Practice is made up of highly trained and highly passionate nurses. We encourage our nurses to further their knowldege in areas that are of interest to them. You can benefit from their training through nurse clinics such as nutrition, behaviour, weight management, flea & worm prevention and even bereavement counselling. Please feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our nursing team.
We run Puppy Socialisation Classes in our sister practices, based either in Corby, Kettering or at our Animal Medical Centre in Northampton. These classes are run by our qualified nurses, who have a vast range of knowledge, experience and qualifications to help you give your puppy the best start in life. The Puppy Socialisation Classes are available discounted to those who take out our Perfect First Steps package. Please contact your practice for more details and to check availability.
Euthanasia, or ‘good death,’ is a dignified end to your pet’s life and a service that we offer; and do so in an empathetic way. It is a very difficult decision to make, but here at Caring Vets we can help you make such a decision if the situation arises.
Remember though, it is always best to consider it sooner rather than later when faced with a terminal condition or something that cannot be managed appropriately. We always advise you to put yourself in your pet’s position, ask yourself what you would wish if you were them at that point in time. Does your pet have a good quality of life? Will they recover easily? What are the complications long term?
We will never rush you with this decision, and will spend time guiding you through the process and discuss all the pros and cons. All of our staff have experienced the same with their own pets and can totally relate to you when the time comes.
The service we offer at Caring Vets range from the basic euthanasia with your pet going for a communal cremation, to you taking your pet home with you, to individual cremations meaning you can get their ashes returned to you. We can even attend you at your own home if this is a more appropriate environment for you/your pet.
Wherever it is done we always encourage you to bring a few friends and/or family members for support. Failing that our clinical team will be here for you.
Everything is explained prior to euthanasia and the specific method we would use for your pet. The majority of the time it is a simple injection into their vein, where they only feel a little scratch then drift off to sleep. Other methods may be needed if access to their veins are not possible, or depending on the species of your pet. In every situation there is no pain/suffering involved.
You have the choice to be present or indeed step outside while it is done, whatever makes you more comfortable.
After your pet has passed away you are welcome to spend time with them saying your final goodbyes.
Remember, staff at Caring Vets will always be there to support you, even if you need to chat days-weeks after the euthanasia. Alternatively, you may need more support and as such we would recommend speaking to someone at The Blue Cross.
If circumstances dictate your pet needs to be seen out of hours please click here www.key-vets.co.uk which will take you to our dedicated out of hours service.
Many Caring Vets Practices subscribe to a specialist emergency out of hours care provider. Please check with your local Practice to understand what you will need to do in the case of an emergency when the Practice is closed for the evening or weekend.
For additional information on the out of hours service provided please click the link below:
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects; including improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. It can help with Osteoarthritis, muscle strains, fractures, hip & elbow dysplasia, spinal pain - to name just a few. If you think this could benefit your pet, speak to your Caring Vets practice.
Orthopaedics is a rapidly growing specialism. There are numerous varied options available to suit the needs of you and your pet; from treating the more simple fractures, to the more complex and degenerative diseases. We are able to offer referral within our group to The Avenue Vet Clinic in Kettering; this reduces your travelling time and costs, speeds up referral time, aswell as follow up appointments being able to be carried out at your chosen caring vets practice. Due to shared computer systems, The Avenue will also have direct access to your pets clinical record and any laboratory or radiography already carried out.
Whilst all Caring Vets Practices have digital x-ray facilities MRI goes one step further in allowing a surgeon to make more informed decisions on the way forward with treatment. As MRI is a specialised service, your vet will advise if your pet would benefit from MRI.
We appreciate that it can be difficult at times to cover the cost of emergency veterinary treatment. For cases where such assistance is needed we can offer flexible payment plans that help take care of unexpected veterinary bills.
There is strict eligibility criteria for this service. Please always speak to any member of staff before you commence treatment if you are going to need help financially. We will always provide an estimate for any treatment if you request it.
In order to keep your pet in the best health it is important to keep on top of their preventative healthcare.
We offer a reminder service to enable you to do this. We can send a reminder by text or email, we simply require you to provide us with up to date contact details.
Doing this also ensures you will be first to know about any any discounts and offers on the treatments required.
There is an old adage that “you never miss insurance until you need it,” and this is especially appropriate with your pets.
We have the NHS and do not appreciate the costs involved in our medical care. We attend the Drs, or the Hospital, have investigations, get treatments and then head home. The most you spend may be just the prescription fee.
Unfortunately, there is no animal NHS, and all Veterinary medicine is private; meaning you must pay at the time of consultation/treatment. We, as a practice, do not just see your pet as a £ sign, that’s not how it works. However, medical care costs a lot of money.
In our profession the RCVS ensures that we must provide appropriate emergency care to any animal to help ease suffering. This may even mean euthanasia if things cannot be afforded.
If you have insurance for your pet, you have many more options in how you can treat your animal. Some surgeries and investigations can cost thousands of pounds, and without insurance you may not have the choice to go ahead with them. For regular monthly payments you have that peace of mind that there is support there for you.
So, with this in mind you may be wondering who to choose? After all there are a lot of companies to choose from. We always recommend using Pet Plan. They focus 100% on pet insurance and provide the widest range of cover. This of course depends on the type of policy you take out.
All staff at Northlands has undergone Pet Plan training and can advise you further, tailoring your cover to suit your own situation. We even offer 4 weeks free insurance http://bit.ly/petplan4weeks as part of our Perfect First Steps package when you acquire a new pet.
Feel free to ask us about any aspect of Pet insurance to find out more.
To see guidance of policies available please click these links:
www.petplan.co.uk/dog-insurance.asp for dog insurance.
www.petplan.co.uk/therightcover/cat.asp for cat/kitten insurance.
Please note these are for guidance only and you will need to contact Petplan to discuss your requirements in full.
I graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland in 2004. I worked in a few different small animal veterinary practices and hospitals before I joined the Animal Medical Centre in 2015. I have an interest in surgery and diagnostic imaging and I am currently studying towards BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Outside work I like to spend as much time as possible with my family and my rescue dog Woody.
I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983 and spent seventeen years working for a charity. I started working at the Animal Medical Centre in November 2007 and now work part time Mondays, Wednesdays and some Saturdays.
I have been working in veterinary practice since 2001. After qualifying I left practice to go into teaching students and Animal Care staff. I have been a clinical coach for 7 years, mentoring students through their qualification. I have a small dog Fatboy who frequents the practice and is always happy to say hello.
I joined the Animal Medical Centre in June 2016 after working in a mixed practice and an emergency clinic, I have been working in practice for seven years in varying different roles which has enabled me to gain a vast amount of experience. Currently I am studying the Veterinary Nursing degree and I am in the third year of study. I have a particular interest in feline medicine as well as emergency and critical care work. At home I have two cats, Sky and Roo and a labrador called Snoop.