In a recent client survey 93% of those who responded would like to use an online booking service for routine vet appointments.  VetBooker is a client interaction portal for veterinary practices which will work alongside our Practice Management System to allow registered clients to book online appointments.

The system will hopefully go live this month, initially just for booking vaccination appointments.  All small animal clients with an active email address will receive an email link allowing them to register.  

Next time you come in to see us please take five minutes to check with reception that we have an email address on your client account.  Alternatively, send us an email with your details to:
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Oakham Vets CPD

Wednesday 30th September saw Oakham Veterinary Hospital hold a CPD day for referring vets at the George Hotel business centre in Stamford.

The day focused on updates regarding new techniques, interesting cases and clinical research from our caseload. The subjects covered included surgery, medicine, imaging, neurology, and sports medicine. Speakers included our own vets and our colleagues from the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine.

The programme included:

This month at OVH we are welcoming a new equine surgeon, Julia Dubuc.  Julia is employed by the University of Nottingham as a clinical assistant professor of equine surgery and is based here at OVH on a fulltime basis.

Her main area of research is centred on the equine stifle, more specifically the meniscal injuries and their contribution to joint disease.  She recently moved here from Canada and completed her first ironman in July 2017, a hobby which she is keen to continue in the UK's great weather.

It's that time of year again, the 185th Rutland Show will be held on Sunday 4th June and we will be there again to enjoy all that it offers!  Vets William Bevin, Chris Booth and Catriona Laird will be providing veterinary cover on the day.  We will also once again have our stand in the covered trade stand area just off the main ring.  Please come and visit us for your free dog bandanas, stickers for the kids and a go in the lucky dip!

(9 months' Fixed Term Contract, 2 days per week)

We are looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to provide assistance to the Practice Manager.  You need to have a good working knowledge of Sage accounting software, a high attention to detail and be well organised.  you will also provide administrative support to the accounts team.  The successful candidate will start as soon as possible.

Please forward your CV and covering letter which should include your salary expectations to:

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Equine vets and horse-owners will have access to the latest research and resources on common emergency conditions in horses thanks to a new website launched today.

 VetReact has been set up by an equine research group at The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. The team hopes the new site will be the ‘go-to’ resource for the latest evidence-based advice and information on clinical best practice in horse medicine.

 VetReact adds to the current national campaign by the Nottingham Vet School and British Horse Society – REACT Now to Beat Colic – which is helping horse owners spot the early signs of colic and seek early diagnosis and treatment.


Our nursing team has a reputation for providing gold standard patient care. As a result, we are able to recognise and reward our nurses’ skills, professionalism and dedication. Our team is growing and we would very much like to hear from registered vet nurses, with at least two years’ nursing experience who are keen to contribute to and share in our success.

Enthusiastic, self-motivated and resilient, you will enjoy keeping pace with our wide and varied caseload and demonstrate strong communication skills.

A generous OOH rota with a day off in lieu is offered. With lots of scope for personal development, CPD is encouraged and funded. Have a look at our website and Facebook page.

For more information please contact Helen Franklin, Head Nurse, on 01572 722646. Apply with CV and covering letter to Dawn Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A good de-worming strategy is an important part of your horse's general healthcare plan.  A high worm burden may predispose your horse to ill health, weight loss, poor condition, diarrhoea and most seriously, colic.  The traditional approach of treating horses for worms at set intervals every three months is promoting 'resistance' amongst the worm population.  There are no new classes of wormer currently under development, so it is important that we update our thinking when it comes to best practice for worm control.  Strategic worming uses worm egg counts to assess whether your horse actually needs worming.

Locum Equine Surgeon commencing January 2017

Oakham Veterinary Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, is seeking an experienced and talented locum equine surgeon from January 2017.

With state-of-the-art facilities and expert knowledge, the hospital offers a large and varied referral caseload ranging from leisure to professional sport horses, where your surgery skills will be used extensively. Our priority is to provide a seamless and professional surgical service to our clients and referring vets.

You will have access to clinical expertise from the University of Nottingham Vet School, as part of the collaborative teaching and research relationship. There will be an element of surgical teaching in the hospital to final year vet students.

The role carries a 1:3 OOH rota; you will be supported by a full hospital team during on-call duty. On-site accommodation can be provided if required. This is a locum position on an open-ended basis whilst recruitment for a permanent equine surgeon is on-going. There is the possibility that this role could become permanent for the 'right' applicant. Whilst a full time surgeon is preferable, part time working hours will also be considered.

Candidates should possess strong equine surgical experience and a primary veterinary degree that can be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For further information about the position and its opportunities please contact: Neal Ashton MRCVS: 07764 616018 or alternatively please send your CV with covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations for the Petplan Veterinary Awards 2017 are now open!  There are five different categories including individual staff members (nurses, vets and support staff) and the practice as a whole.

If you feel that a member of our team or the whole practice deserve a nomination please click here to go to their website.  Or you can pick up a nomination form at either Reception desk when you next come in to see us.



For staff training purposes the Small Animal department is going to be closed between 2pm and 4pm on Tuesday 11th October.  During this time we will only be available to deal with emergencies.

If you have an emergency situation with your pet during this time please phone: 01572 722646 and your call will be answered.

Please avoid calling at this time with queries or to book routine appointments.

Apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 The British Horse Society (BHS) and The University of Nottingham have teamed up to help horse owners combat the life-threatening condition of colic.  Their REACT Now to Beat Colic campaign comes after Nottingham Uni research found that more than 90% of horse owners did not feel confident in spotting the early signs of colic.