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What did 2017 mean to Abbey House

Happy New Year

As always, we have loved meeting clients old and new and looking after your pets. We have been working hard keeping the practice up to our high standards and making sure our staff are developing and providing the best level of care and knowledge.

There has been constant building work over the last two years at the Morley hospital but the culmination of most of the changes finished at the beginning of the year. Most of the upstairs of the practice has been remodelled, providing us a chemo therapy suite which has a theatre, prep room and chemo treatment room with kennels for six day patients. There is now a spacious upstairs preps area next to the CT machine with a new digital x-ray machine, a surgical theatre and endoscopy suite.

Downstairs we have new separate inpatient wards for dogs, cats and small animals, a new laboratory and lift to move animals around the building. Over the last few months we have completed the new dental theatre, cat prep room, cat ward, a scanning room, an instrument room/sterilising room, two separate surgical theatres and a sixth consulting room.

Its great to report that the MRI machine is coming every two weeks, it does cause a little inconvenience in the car park which we are grateful for your continued patience, but we think the service it is providing to our patients more than justifies it.

Veterinary Surgeon Partner Tom Clarke was delighted to be appointed this year as an honorary associate professor at the University of Nottingham a role which involves lecturing vet students on musculoskeletal disease.

Congratulations goes to our newly qualified nurses Stacey, Natalie and Jenna, all now Registered Veterinary Nurses after completing their level three diploma’s, a fantastic achievement.  Vets James Bost, Roberta Bocedi, Evi Kalogirou and Claire McAneny have started their veterinary post graduate qualifications in either Medicine or Surgery.

In October we held the 6th Annual CPD event, an evening at the Village Hotel in Tingley where six of our referral vets spoke on their referral subject to 120 vets from around West Yorkshire and Lancashire. It was as popular as ever and in fact we are planning the first event in March for nurses.

We have been involved in the usual community projects this year with the local dog shows which were very well attended and a lot of fun as always. The knitters and sewers are still busy making cat blankets to donate to the Cats Protection in Gildersome or to sell in the RSPCA shop in East Ardsley. We have raised money throughout the year for charities such as MacMillan and Brooke and we are donating to Radio Aires Mission Christmas and give a pet a Christmas dinner via local foodbanks and kennels.

Finally, we are have some fantastic length of service achievements, our clinical coach and RVN Charlotte has reached 25 years. Office manager Susan, Cleckheaton receptionist Caroline and night nurse Fiona have all reached the 15 year milestone. There have also been four engagements and one baby girl.

I am sure you will agree this has been a fantastic year and we are very excited welcome 2018 in and look forward to being here and providing our veterinary services to you.