Goodbye and good luck

Alicia Richards veterinary nurse

We bid a fond farewell to our RVN Alicia. After 15 years of loyal service Alicia has decided it is time to go to pastures new. A young Alicia started as a member of the office team in 2005. We have had the pleasure of seeing her marry and have a family. Over the years she realised she was interested in the veterinary nursing and transferred to a training position with us. Alicia was a model student and had no problems qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse. Alicia has shown she has an enquiring mind and a thirst for knowledge and we see her move on in an endeavour to further expand her skills. Holmer veterinary surgery will not be the same without Alicia, we wish her all the best in all her future endeavours.

Job vacancy for a new receptionist

We are looking to expand our dedicated team of receptionists/office workers. The successful applicant will work a 35hr week, including some weekend shifts, and must be prepared to be flexible with their shift pattern. The post will primarily involve reception duties, answering phones and booking appointments, so good communication skills and computer literacy are essential. The role will also involve additional office duties including filing with other roles potentially evolving over time. The role will also include cleaning of the the office and reception areas. The successful applicant will need to be able to work well under pressure and be caring and compassionate, able to cope with emotional situations. If you think this role might suit you please email the surgery at: sending in and up to date CV and covering letter. The application deadline is 21/09/20.

What could Brexit mean for pet travel – are you prepared?

pet passport

In the light of the current Covid Crisis you will be forgiven if the impending Brexit deadline has been overlooked. However, on the 1st January 2021 the UK will have come out of the EU, deal or no deal. Unfortunately, despite there only being a few months left we still do not have a clear outline of what to expect with regards to many things, including pet travel. Up until now the travel of pets between PETs countries has continued to be straight forward - microchip, vaccinate and travel after 21+ days. If the UK comes out of the EU with no deal we, in the worst case scenario, would become an 'Unlisted Country', whereby pets wishing to travel will need to be microchipped, rabies vaccinated, rabies blood tested 30+days after their vaccine AND, assuming an appropriate antibody response is mounted, wait 3 months before being able to travel on an export health certificate EHC (a new EHC required each time you travel with your pet).

With the potential preparation for travelling with your pet becoming more time consuming and costly, we would advise that, unless you have no choice but to travel with your pet at the beginning of 2021, you postpone plans to take your pet away until details of what is required are confirmed. If you have no choice but to travel during this time, and you haven't already done so,  you need to think about making the necessary arrangements to travel NOW. For further information about the possible scenarios the UKs travelling pets and their owners may face please look at our PET travel client information page. For advice regarding your own personal situation please not hesitate to call the surgery to speak to one of our vets.

RAW 2020 Virtual festival

RAW fest 2020

Rabbit Awareness virtual festival is now running from today, Monday 10th August, until Sunday 23rd August 2020. The festival helps to raise awareness on the welfare needs of our pet rabbits diet, behaviour, environment, companionship, health and disease. There is also a competition to win with 10 prizes up for grabs.

To find out more visit the RAW website

Tackling Obesity

Obese cat

Obesity in pets is not a new issue but in the wake of the Covid crisis more and more pets have become overweight. Weight gain in our pets has been the consequence of increased treat feeding (as owners have spent more time at home) and/or reduced exercise due to lockdown. As in humans maintaining a healthy weight is important for the wellbeing of our pets. Overweight pets are more likely to suffer from joint disease, heart disease and diabetes, urinary issue and skin sores. Although there are breed charts for ideal body weight for cats and dogs these are not fully representative of the variation between individuals and do not cover crossbreeds. A better way to assess your pets weight is to use body condition scoring (BCS). There are a number of online resources available to demonstrate how to BCS your pet including charts produced by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) for dogs and cats. Your vet will routinely check and try and advise you on your pets BCS. If you are concerned about your pets weigh then the vets and nurses at Holmer will be happy to discuss this with you and help offer support with weight loss if needed. As with human weight loss the weight loss of pets can be equally as frustrating but it is important to remember that with patience and the correct diet and exercise a healthy weight can be achieved and hopefully help our pets lead a longer and happier life.

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