Southcrest Vets
  • Surgery Hours

  • Opening Times

    Monday - Friday
    8.30am - 7.00pm

    8.30 - 1pm
    and 5pm - 6pm

    9.30am - 10.30am

  • Consulting Hours

    By Appointment Only

    Monday - Friday
    8.30am-10.00am and

    Additional consulting times are run when possible:
    11.00am-12.30pm and
    Monday - Friday

  • Weekend Open Surgeries:

    (urgent cases only)

    (urgent cases only)

  • Quick Contacts:

    Southcrest Veterinary Centre
    97 Mount Pleasant
    B97 4JD

    01527 550111

24/7 emergency cover for our clients. See details under emergency cover

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  • Vaccinations - (including a full health check)

  • Dogs

    Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza
    From 6 weeks of age, 2 injections 4 weeks apart then yearly booster injections.
    Kennel cough vaccination (intranasal vaccine lasting one year).
    Rabies vaccination for pets going abroad.

    New leptospirosis vaccine for dogs

    An important, new and improved vaccine has just been launched against leptospirosis in dogs. This vaccine protects against newly emerging strains of this disease, providing much better protection. The leptospirosis vaccine is normally given with the other routine vaccinations in dogs (against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis) and needs a booster injection every year.

    The disease is caused by a bacteria which can damage a dog's liver or kidneys and can be life-threatening. The bacteria survives well in damp environments such as ponds and slow-moving water courses, and is passed in the urine of rodents.

    Dogs most at risk will be ones exercising outdoors, especially near or swimming in ponds, lakes, canals etc and/or where there are high numbers of rats.

    As a result of this new vaccine and the better protection it offers, we are now stocking and using this new vaccine (called Nobivac L4). Puppies will now be vaccinated with this new vaccine 4 weeks apart as part of their normal vaccination schedule.

    For full protection, all dogs will need 2 injections, 4 weeks apart, even if they are up to date with the previous leptospirosis vaccine(Nobivac L2).

    If you have any questions, please contact our team today.


    Flu, enteritis and leukaemia from 9 weeks of age 2 injections 3 weeks apart, then yearly booster injections.
    Rabies vaccination for pets going abroad.


    In recent years, a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD-2) has affected rabbits with potentially fatal consequences, which the standard myxomatosis and RHD-1 vaccine does not provide enough immunity for. As a result, especially in outdoor rabbits, an additional annual vaccine for RHD-2 can be given at least 2 weeks after the standard myxomatosis and RHD -1 vaccine.


    Distemper virus annually.
    Rabies vaccination if going abroad.

  • Microchipping

  • A microchip is a harmless permanent implant, the size of a grain of rice, with a unique number which will identify your pet. Your details will be associated with this number , so once registered nationally, you can be contacted if your pet is found anywhere in the country.

    Dogs and cats can be microchipped consciously by vets or nurses. .

    Birds and reptiles are microchipped by our vets.

    Mini microchips are new and much smaller than the standard size. We are now routinely giving this to our (smaller) exotic animals, puppies and kittens.

  • Worming

  • This is a very important aspect of preventative medicine. Puppies can often be born with a roundworm burden (often Toxocara canis). This roundworm can cause serious problems in pups, but when shed in the faeces of puppies or adult dogs, can go on to infect and migrate as larvae within people (where babies, young children and pregnant women are at most risk).

    Our advice would be worming of puppies (every 2-4 weeks until 12 weeks old, then monthly until 6 months, thereafter, every 3 months) using good quality products. A similar worming routine is recommended for cats.

    Certain dogs may need worming to prevent lungworm. These dogs are at risk if they are eating slugs or snails on a regular basis.

  • Dental treatments

  • Tooth conditions are a common reason to see many of our patients. Whether retained deciduous teeth, periodontal disease, caries, fractured teeth or poorly aligned teeth, we can advise accordingly. While tooth brushing, dental chews and dental foods can help to prevent problems, often we need to resort to a general anesthetic for appropriate dental treatments.

    We have 2 dental machines within the practice for ultrasonic scaling and polishing teeth and a range of burrs, drills and other hand-held dental equipment for rasping and extracting teeth as needed.

  • Surgery

  • Routine operations

    Routine surgeries e.g. spays and castrations are carried out on weekdays. Admissions are from 8.30am and patients are usually discharged after 3pm the same day. It is important to starve your pet for twelve hours before general anesthesia.

    We offer a pre-anaesthetic blood test to all pets admitted for operations. This blood test (analysed by our in-house blood machine) can indicate pre-existing problems (such as kidney disease) which may not be evident physically, but could lead to complications.

    Other surgery

    Soft tissue surgery

    A wide variety of soft tissue surgeries may be performed including tumour removal, exploratory surgeries, caesareans, biopsies, hernias, obstructions, bloat (gastric torsion).

    Orthopaedic surgery

    Different types of orthopaedic surgeries are performed for fracture repairs, ligament damage, luxating patellas etc. We will often call on John Davies, our visiting orthopaedic certificate holding vet to perform complicated surgeries.

    Ophthalmic surgery

    Various basic eye surgeries are commonly performed, but for more advanced surgery, we will often call on Jeremy Wills, our visiting Ophthalmology vet.

    Exotic pets

    We frequently need to operate on exotic pets such as birds, reptiles and small mammals as required,in a simalar way to our more familiar cat and dog operations.

  • Acupuncture

  • Our practice (via Mrs Jessica Bahlmann BVSc MRCVS) is currently offering acupuncture. Acupuncture can be an effective form of pain relief used alone or together with anti-inflammatory drugs. Acupuncture can help both dogs and cats with chronic pain and arthritis, but needs an intact nervous system to be effective. This means that it will not be beneficial to pets with spinal injuries or diseases that cause degeneration of nerves. At present, we believe that we can help pets with back and hip/hindquarter pain.

    The process involves an initial consultation, which includes a full clinical examination to assess whether your pet will benefit from acupuncture treatment. Then, there will be a course of four treatments, at weekly intervals. Thereafter, treatment will be as needed. This can be monthly, three monthly or as indicated by your pet in terms of recurrence of signs of pain.

    If you are interested, please contact the practice for further information or an initial appointment.

  • Dog Behaviour

  • Amy Allcock has been nursing at our practice for a number of years, more recently with a particular interest in dog behaviour. After a lot of work, she has attained a behaviour certificate (level 4 Advanced Behaviour Diploma, with Merit in 2015). She is now able to offer advice and provide written reports on dog behaviour problems. Please phone, email or ask at reception for more details.

  • Payments

  • As with other veterinary practices, we expect payment at the time: either straight after the consultation or when collecting an animal which has been an in-patient at the surgery.

    We are happy to take cash, credit or debit cards.

  • Insurance

  • We do promote pet insurance within the practice and have a range of pet insurance leaflets at reception. The premiums and amount of cover will vary, so think about the amount of cover you may need and at what price. We are here to help advise if you have any queries.

  • Repeat prescriptions

  • Please telephone at least 24 hours in advance for repeat prescriptions, as a vet will have to check the medication and ensure that your pet has been seen recently (usually within the last six months).

  • Euthanasia

  • Euthanasia is the term used to describe a gentle and easy death rather than what could be a protracted and distressing end to a life.

    As our pets age, are injured or become very sick, we need to carefully consider various treatment options, especially where there may be a poor chance of a recovery. The decision for euthanasia may then become a suitable option in order that our beloved pet will not suffer.

    For more information click here.

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