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Our purpose-built veterinary hospital and boarding cattery are located on the Northern edge of Chipping Norton on the A361 Banbury Road, opposite the Aldi supermarket.  Chipping Norton is on the intersection of the A361 Swindon to Banbury road and the A44 Oxford to Evesham road.

We moved to this location in February 2015, from our original hospital premises in the middle of Chipping Norton.

The hospital has two storeys with the clinical areas all downstairs and the administration and accommodation for staff on out-of-hours duty upstairs. There is a large car park for clients, a large waiting room so that cats and dogs can wait apart, and four consult rooms.  There are three dog wards, are large cat ward, and separate wards for 'small furries' including rabbits, and for exotic pets such as birds and reptiles.  We also have a CT scanner, which is often used for referrals of patients from other veterinary practices in the area, a radioiodine therapy unit for treating hyperthyroid cats from all over the South of England, Wales and the Midlands, and a boarding cattery. Here are a few 'behind the scenes' views of the inside of the hospital:

 

The drug dispensary:

Dispensary

 

The laboratory:

Lab

 

The prep room, the 'heart' of the Hospital, where patients admitted to the Hospital undergo diagnostic tests or are prepared for surgery, dental work, Xrays, etc.:

Pre room

 

The radioiodine unit is located behind the main hospital building, and we are planning to extend this unit.  When that is finished we will be landscaping the rest of the area behind the hospital as wildflower meadow to encourage bumble bees for conservation purposes, and plan to place a couple of bee hives on the edge of the property next to the neighbouring allotments.

 

Equipment and diagnositics

As a RCVS Tier 3 Hospital-standard practice we have a wide range of state of the art equipment available in order to provide your pet with the best of care. Our Clinical Director is an RCVS Certificate holder and Advanced Practitioner in small animal medicine with a keen interest in evidence-based medicine. Vets in our Hospital have special interests in internal medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, ophthalmology and zoo-animal and exotic-pet medicine.

Our diagnostic facilities include a 64-slice CT scanner, digital x-ray machine, ultrasonography, a range of endoscopes, rebound tonometer, ECG machine, blood-pressure monitoring, microscopes and an in-house laboratory that enables us to process haematology, blood biochemistry, electrolytes and coagulation, and urine samples quickly in an emergency situation.  We also have an incubator for bacterial cutlure and sensitivity testing.  Our surgical facilities include an advanced anaesthetic monitoring system incorporating blood-pressure monitoring and capnography as well as pulse oxymetry, ECG and body temperature monitoring. We have a full range of orthopaedic equipment, and endscopes for laparascopic spay and some other 'keyhole' surgeries. We have separate wards for dogs, cats, rabbits and 'small furries' and for exotic pets, as well as isolation facilities for infectious disease cases, and intensive care facilities. We also have a dedicated dental suite including digital dental radiography.

These pictures show our ultrasound scanner and our digital x-ray machine:

Xray and ultrasound equipment