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.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our 'Evening with the OVH Equine nurses' last week.  The event was sold out and was the perfect opportunity for our nurses to showcase their role within the hospital.  It also created an informal setting to learn more about first aid, coping in an emergency and looking after your horse during various life stages.  The British weather was for once on our side and we were able to use some of the hospital's outside areas as well for the practical demonstrations.

We hope to do more evenings like this in the future so watch this space!

Don't miss our upcoming equine client evening on Wednesday 24th August from 6.30-8.30pm.  Our team of Equine nurses will be doing talks and demonstrations on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Coping with an emergency
  • Looking after the senior horse
  • Preventing boredom in the box-rested horse
  • Wound management/bandaging

There will also be tours of the hospital facilities and a chance to ask questions in an informal environment.  Light refreshments will be provided and everyone attending will receive a goody bag packed with freebies and information on preventative health care for your horse.

Tickets cost £10 and can be booked to your equine account - please phone our equine office on: 01572 722647 to book your place.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 'First Aid for Dogs' evening last week - the event was sold out and it was lovely to see so many clients enjyoing the practical and theoretical aspects of the evening.

We hope to hold more client evenings in the coming months so do look out for announcements of dates on our website, Facebook page, waiting room/consult room posters and flyers at Reception.

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see us on the stand at Rutland Show last Sunday.  After a slightly hazy start it was a beautiful, sunny day with lots of people enjoying all that the show has to offer.  We gave out lots of our colourful dogdanas and would love to see some photos of your dog's wearing them - please post to our Facebook page if you have any.


We are once again the official vets at Rutland Show next weekend - Sunday 5th June 2016.

William Bevin and Rafa Alzola will be providing veterinary cover throughout the event for large animal and equine entrants whilst small animal partners Catriona Laird and Chris Booth will be on hand to provide any veterinary care needed for small animals.

We have our usual stand in the covered, retail area near to the main ring so please come and see us for information on our new facilities, newly improved pet health clubs, giveaways, promotions or just a chat!

We look forward to seeing lots of our current clients and maybe some new faces as well.  Lots of fingers crossed that the Great British weather doesn't provide a repeat performance of last year.

It's official, Catriona Laird and Chris Booth are now Partners in the Small Animal practice here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital.

They have much to celebrate at the moment with the official opening of the new extension taking place at our Open Day last weekend.  Over two hundred people joined us for tours of the hospital, a chance to meet the team and join in lots of interactive competitions and activities.