The Pet Vaccination Centre occupies a deceptively large premises. We have three consulting rooms, a preparation and kennels room, dental area, laboratory, theatre, X-ray room, isolation facility, shop area and exercise area outside.
The practice is fully equipped with:
- Excellent X-ray suite with 3 metre moving table for extra large dogs
- Endoscopy imaging
- Laboratory for processing blood, urine, faeces and skin samples
- Pulse oximetry for anaesthetic monitoring
- Specialised patient warmers for anaesthetic recovery
- Advanced dental equipment with high-speed drill
- Dog-bathing unit
For very advanced procedures we have excellent professional relationships with referral centres for medicine, surgery, MRI imaging, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy. We will always advise you of the best treatment available for your pet even if we cannot provide it here.
Advanced Orthopaedic Procedures
We have a visiting Surgical Specialist that undertakes most of the advanced surgical procedures which should not be performed by veterinary surgeons without further training. We feel that it is important that pet owners understand what a Specialist really is and how this differs from surgery being performed by vets with a "special interest". Often you will hear, from other pet owners such as meeting in the park, of vets locally that are 'specialist' in certain areas. Please read on to understand what a Specialist in surgery actually is.
What is a Specialist?
Fully qualified, recognised veterinary specialists are the veterinary equivalent to Consultants in human medicine.
There are very high standards that are expected of Specialists. For a candidate to be eligible to sit the European Diploma examination he or she must satisfy strict criteria in terms of case numbers and types of surgery over the period of their specialist training. There are also additional requirements, which include the publication of surgical research papers and the attendance at specialist meetings in Europe and the USA.
The European Diploma in Surgery is internationally recognized as the highest level of surgical qualification available within the veterinary profession. It indicates that the holder has undergone several years of extensive training under the direct supervision of other recognized specialists in the field of surgery.
The examination, also termed the "Board Exam", is extremely demanding and takes place over 3 days. Recognized specialists must keep up to date with scientific advances by attending specific specialist surgical conferences all over the world. Failure to do so will result in a surgeon being stripped of their specialist status.
OUR TEAM (and their furry friends)
Roseanna Capon-Richards BSc BVetMed MRCVS.
Practice Principal and Veterinary Surgeon
At the age of 5, growing up with her beloved cats, Sarah-Jane and Prince Albert, Roseanna decided that she wanted to become a vet. Quite a few years later she qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London. During the veterinary medicine degree course Roseanna took a year out to study Animal Reproduction gaining a BSc (Hons). Following graduation Roseanna worked in small animal practice in Kent and London before setting up the Pet Vaccination Centre in 2004 with the late James Richmond.
Roseanna has one dog, Charlie, a cross-breed, rescued in early 2007. Charlie comes to the practice every day and approves orders of treats, toys and beds for the practice's shop. In his spare time Charlie loves exercising and swimming, chewing, tug-of-war (he has never lost yet!), updating his Facebook page and fine food. Roseanna also has two cats, Bob and Dee-Dee. Bob has grown up at the practice and has become quite a feline celebrity locally. Defying cat stereotypes Bob is happy to meet and greet dogs both large and small and will happily mingle with all pets in the waiting room. Bob enjoys eating and sleeping and earns his keep by testing all new beds in the shop for comfort. Dee-Dee prefers quiet indoor home life and especially her ceiling-high scratching post.
In her spare time, besides walking Charlie, Roseanna plays the piano and is currently learning the Chopin ballades (watch this space for a youtube link!). She also enjoys current affairs and vegetarian cooking.
Michele Sebastian. Receptionist
Michele joined Pet Vaccination Centre as our receptionist in February 2009. After a long career at Natwest Bank, Michele decided to follow her true passion to work with animals and enjoys being part of our team. She has two children and four rescue cats whom she adores.
Kacie Plank, Head Veterinary Nurse
Kacie has three cats: Dexter, Matilda and John. Kacie graduated from the Middlesex University in 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Nursing, she completed much of her practical training here. After gaining experience in a local practice Kacie returned to Pet Vaccination Centre as Head Nurse in 2016. Kacie is a Clinical Coach to all our student nurses as well as being the practice Head Nurse.
Leanne Lane FdSc RVN, Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Leanne joined our team in 2015 whilst studying for her degree in Veterinary Nursing. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College and joined us permanently in 2017. She has two rabbits, Honeybunny and Alf, and one dog, Kaiser, a Stafford Bull Terrier who has been coming to Pet Vaccination Centre even before Leanne was a veterinary nurse! She enjoys travelling and visiting new places.
Kayleigh Hazel, Student veterinary nurse
Kayleigh joined our team after working in private and charity veterinary practices for 6 years.She is training at the College of Animal Welfare to become a qualified veterinary nurse. She has also completed a level 3 diploma in Animal Management, gained a grooming qualification, and managed a pet shop before starting nursing. At home Kayleigh has 3 rescue dogs: 2 mongrels called Buddie and Trouble and Henry-Hwan a Hinks Bullterrier. She loves Guinea pigs and also has a keen interest in canine behaviour and animal welfare.
Rebecca Morrison BVetMed MRCVS. Veterinary Surgeon
Becky qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2011. During the course Becky also studied for the NAVLE exam and has a licence to work in the United States. Becky enjoys travelling and would like to spend some time practising abroad. She is developing an interest in veterinary neurology and ultrasonography. Has one dog, Stanley, a cross breed puppy found abandoned in Hayes.
Sharmin Ladha, Animal Nursing Assistant
Sharmin has always wanted to work with animals and joined Pet Vaccination Centre in September 2012. Previously, she has gained an animal management qualification at Capel Manor College and is now working towards beginning the veterinary nursing training. After this she wishes to start the veterinary nursing diploma and qualify as a veterinary nurse. At home Sharmin has three dogs (Moti the Golden Retriever, Soni the Labrador and Tiger the Golden Retriever x Labrador); eight cats and four African grey parrots. Sharmin enjoys painting on acrylic in her spare time, particularly landscapes and animals.