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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!

Making the decision when to euthanase a much-loved pet can seem like a straight forward or incredibly difficult choice, but is always traumatic.  If they are elderly and have suddenly deteriorated, for example they are not longer able to get up, they are in significant pain, they are struggling to breath or they have a condition which requires surgery to maintain quality of life, then many people feel there is little decision to make.

Never feel that your vet is trying to lead you down one path or another; it is our duty to provide you with all the options, the details of what is involved and potential outcomes.  No-one knows your pet as well as you do and so you are best placed to decide what is right for you and your pet.  Some people ask us "what would you do if he/she were yours?", which we are happy to answer.  However, please remember that we are in the fortunate position of being present throughout any procedure being performed and often our pets are very comfortable in the practice environment.

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Our January E-Newsletter has just gone live, with tips on making this the best year ever for your pets.  Prevention is better than cure so why not consider joining one of our Pet Club packages and let us take care of your pet's preventative healthcare for the year.

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Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body, to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate and resistance to disease.  With Western acupuncture we focus on needling specific acupuncture points, trigger points (TrP's) and tender points.  Trigger points are areas in muscle that are acutely painful on palpitation and you often see a jump sign (involuntary jerk).

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A recent study has been published showing the quite profound benefits of using one of our medications in early heart disease.  Many small breed dogs will develop heart disease later in life due to disease in one of the heart valves - a condition called Mitral Valve Disease (MVD).  Up until recently there was no evidence that any medication would help the early stages of this debilitating disease, with vets having to wait until these dogs developed potentially life-threatening heart failure and fluid retention before being able to treat the disease. 

This new study, 'Effects of Pimobendan in dogs with Cardiomegaly', colloquially called the EPIC trial (http://www.epictrial.com/canine-heart-disease/), has now confirmed that a medication called Pimobendan can delay the onset of heart failure by, on average, 15 months.

Each season brings its own dangers for your pets - in winter it's the extremes of temperature that can cause both illness and injury to your furry friends.

Don't be a fair-weather friend - make sure you take your dog out in all weather conditions, keep both of you warm and be safe in slippery/dark conditions.  Risk upsetting your cat and keep them indoors in really cold temperatures, it's the best way to keep them safe. Cats have a habit of seeking out warm places to cuddle up and you would rather this is your sofa than the neighbours' car engine.

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