Catriona recently saw a 13 year old Jack Russell terrier in clinic, Lottie Dickinson, who presented with an enlarged stomach.  Her owner had noticed no change in appetite or exercise and cutting down on her food had made no difference to the apparent weight gain. 

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Click here to read about our Pet Club promotion to celebrate National Pet Month (NPM), advice on 'safe' toys, Easter tips to keep your pets safe and staff news.



To celebrate National Pet Month (NPM) we are waiving the joining fee for our Adult Pet Club packages until 31st May 2017.

Our Pet Club packages have been specially designed to give your pet all the preventative healthcare they need from worming and flea treatment, to important vaccinations.  These healthcare packages can reduce the likelihood of your pet suffering from preventable illnesses.  As well as doing the best for your best friend you'll also make a significant saving on the cost of your pet's healthcare...what have you got to lose!

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Zoe is the full-time Lab Technician here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital.  Having gained a degree in Animal Science from Nottingham University she came here to run the lab and is still here more than ten years later!

Zoe's expertise and the technology we have available means that we are able to provide a full range of haematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, cytology and parasitology services.

Zoe spends her spare time exercising her Hungarian Vizsla, Lilly, and taking part in 'Ironman' competitions where she has qualified for the World Championships twice in recent years.

(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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Our March e-newsletter has just gone live with details of our monthly promotion, puppy/kitten club packages, client evening feedback and laparoscopic spays.

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Pedro started working at Oakham Veterinary Hospital in 2014.  He graduated from Lisbon Veterinary Faculty in 2004 and began working in small animal practice in Lisbon after a short internship in Hannover University's Small Animal Veterinary Hospital.

In 2009 Pedro started working in small animal practice in the UK, first in Oxfordshire and then in Leicestershire, before moving to Oakham.  Pedro is passionate about high standard, evidence based veterinary medicine.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique to explore the abdomen with 2-3 small "key hole incisions".  A camera is introduced as well as fine instruments allowing a range of procedures to be performed.

They may benefit from one of our Geriatric Clinics - these consist of both a nurse and vet appointment (consecutively) to discuss your pet, check their urine and have a full clinical examination. These are run by vet, Rachel Bowen, for dogs aged seven years and above and cats aged ten years and above.  You will be able to discuss with Rachel the results of the urine test and any other concerns that she may have about your pet's health.  We will then send you away with lots of information about looking after your pet during their senior years.

These are fantastic value for money at only £40, including a 'Uripet' (dogs) or 'Katkor' (cats) for collecting the urine sample.

Until 31st May we are offering 25% off the price of these clinics so you pay only £30.

For more information or to book an appointment please call our Small Animal team on 01572 722646.


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.

Our February E-newsletter landed in inboxes earlier this week and is available to read by clicking here.  If you would like to automatically receive the monthly newsletter via email you can sign up on the website or phone our reception team on 01572 722646 and make sure we have an email address linked to your account.

This month we're talking openly about euthanasia, the options, what happens and where to find support if you have suffered a pet bereavement.  We also want your opinion on our opening times and appointment availability - anyone completing our online survey by 28th February goes in the draw to win a bottle of champagne.



Chris joined Oakham Veterinary Hospital small animal department back in 2008 when the purpose-built hospital on Ashwell Road had only been open for a couple of years.  He worked hard to acheive his Postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Cardiology in 2013 and is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) as an Advanced Practitioner in this area.  This means that Chris is our resident Cardiology expert and sees some referral cases alongside his normal caseload.  He is fascinated by the study of the heart and circulation - it is the only organ that NEVER rests!