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 visiting Surgical Specialist
Michael Hamilton BVM&S Cert SAS DipECVS MRCVS
Michael spent four years at Cambridge University as a Resident in Surgery, where he was trained in all aspects of orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery by some of the best surgeons in the world.
Michael has given presentations at various national and international meetings on topics ranging from feline pelvic fractures to the management of canine oral cancer. He has also run various advanced practical courses for other vets on fracture fixation and joint surgery and continues to give regular talks at local, national and international meetings.
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.
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. She has one dog, Darcie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who comes to the practice each day.
Karen Ewins. Head Nurse
Karen started her career in veterinary nursing in 1994. After qualifying in 1997 she worked in Ealing and Greenford before joining the Pet Vaccination Centre team as Head Nurse in October 2009. Karen has gained the nursing assessor qualification and is a Clinical Coach. She is responsible for the practical training of our three trainee nurses. In addition Karen holds a qualification in Animal Physiotherapy.
Karen has a special interest in rabbits and guinea pigs and fosters these for the RSPCA until they find permanent homes. Karen also owns four dogs (Molly the Boxer, Ellie the German Shepherd and two Jack Russells, Rosie and Holly); six cats, seven rabbits and two parrots (a blue fronted Amazon and an African Grey). In her spare time Karen enjoys photography, particularly photographing all her pets above and "macro photography" of nature.
Victoria Grice. Qualified Veterinary Nurse
Vicki has always had a passion for animals and joined the Pet Vaccination Centre in January 2007. She has since successfully passed her Veterinary Nurse training and qualified in March 2012. Vicki has recently returned after going on maternity leave. Her son, Callum was born 12th January 2013.
Vicki has three dogs, an English bull terrier called Bully and two delightful crossbreeds, Coco and George. Vicki also has a ginger rescue cat called Oscar.
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. Trainee Veterinary Nurse
Kacie joined our team in January 2011 and is currently studying to gain a degree in Veterinary Nursing at Middlesex University. Kacie has successfully passed 3 years of her training and is on track to qualify in April 2015. At home Kacie has two cats called Marlon and Dexter.
Sharmin Ladha. Trainee Veterinary Nurse
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 currently studying to the Veterinary Care Assistant course at the College of Animal Welfare. 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.
Shanice Mellor. Trainee Veterinary Nurse
After studying animal management at BCA, Shanice joined the Pet Vaccination Centre in January 2014. She is currently studying to gain a degree in Veterinary Nursing at Middlesex University. Having successfully completed her first year she aims to qualify in 2016. At home Shanice has a rescue Staff Bull Terrier called Pip who she enjoys spending time with.