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    • 26 NOV 15

    Animal or Veterinary hospital – what’s the difference?


    We’re celebrating passing our veterinary hospital inspection again and are still the only practice in Stroud with veterinary hospital status!

    All veterinary practices have a duty of care to provide an out of hours emergency service but only veterinary hospitals are obliged to provide around the clock on-site care.

    Veterinary hospital status requires nursing staff on site 24 hours a day and means that all the supportive care that your pet needs overnight, is provided, under the direction of a veterinary surgeon. The Clockhouse Veterinary Hospital nursing team consists of 16 qualified veterinary nurses. Behind each vet is (at least) one caring, dedicated nurse!

    The veterinary nurses are on hand to answer calls from concerned owners, as well as to assist the vet should they need to operate on an animal in the middle of the night, for example, if an animal requires a caesarean section.

    The job of a veterinary nurse is unique and extremely varied. On quieter night shifts, they may just be required to administer pain relief, ensure drip lines are working to provide fluid therapy and ensure patients are clean and comfortable. On other nights they may have patients in that require a higher level of care or constant supervision, for example, road accidents or patients suffering fits or struggling with breathing problems. These patients need frequent attention, oxygen, medication and warmth to treat their conditions. We also find a hospital stay is made less scary with a soothing manner and kind words.

    In the morning, the nurse ‘hands over’ to a fresh member of the nursing team and, after particularly tough nights, they will go home to sleep themselves.

    We are extremely proud of our fantastic team at Clockhouse. You can rely on us to provide the same level of care for your pet at any time, so in the wee small hours of the morning or for the whole night, rest assured there will be someone to watch over them and your beloved pet will not be left alone overnight.