Veterinary hospital to stage open day

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ROBSON Vets Limited, one of the north-east’s leading veterinary practice, will be holding an open day at its Veterinary Hospital in Laurencekirk on Saturday, September 1.

Robson Vets, which also has branches in Inverbervie, Montrose and Portlethen, currently employs seven vets, seven nurses and a host of support staff.

Unlike some veterinary practices who specialise in certain fields, Robson Vets is a mixed practice and covers the whole spectrum of animal care, from farm work to horses to domestic animals including dogs and cats.

The practice is proud of its hospital status at the Laurencekirk Hospital as there are only seven such small animal hospitals across Scotland, and they are one of only two in the north east - very few practices carry this registration level and to maintain this requires regular inspections by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Being a registered hospital means that there is a veterinary nurse on the premises 24-hours a day to provide constant care for in-patients, as well as a vet on-call all the times to deal with any emergencies.

The 24-hour care is one of the strongest reasons to register with a veterinary hospital, not just for emergencies but for routine care as well.

Consultations are carried out daily at the Hospital as well as in the Inverbervie, Montrose and Portlethen branches, but Laurencekirk is the hub of the practice.

All major operations occur at Laurencekirk, with some day surgery able to be done in Portlethen.

The hospital boasts a dental suite, a fully-equipped operating theatre and an intensive care unit. It also has a large area complete with a knockout box for equine work, separate kennelling areas for dogs and cats and in-house laboratory for testing to obtain the quickest possible results for patients.

The open day on September 1 will run from 2 to 5pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

This will be the first open day the practice has organised for a few years and it promises to be both informative and fun.

There will be tours of the premises, allowing the public to see behind the scenes and into the areas to which they normally do not have access.

The tours will be conducted by vets and nurses and they will be available to answer any questions you have.

The aim of the day is to broaden the knowledge of the members of the public who attend and to increase awareness of the services and facilities available at Robson Vets.

There will be demonstrations of ultrasound and also on how to tablet your pet, advice on pet nutrition, dental hygiene and microchipping, as well as visits from some local animal groups and charities. There will be a host of children’s activities on the day, including colouring competitions and pet quizzes.

This is a free open day, any monies raised will be donated to our two chosen charities for the event - ‘Hounds for Heroes’ - a charity who provide assistance dogs for injured and disabled men and women of the UK Armed Forces and Civilian Emergency Services) and the ‘Wildlife Friends Foundation, Thailand’ - where Louise, one of our former vets, now does fantastic work rescuing and help wildlife in need in Thailand.

Tea, coffee and home baking will be served and those attending the open day will leave with “goody bags” for their pets.