Shield Veterinary Centre in Bishop’s Waltham has celebrated its 30th birthday by holding an open afternoon.

Practice owner David Frere-Cook and snake.

Visitors were entertained with demonstrations, games, quizzes and assistance dog Yarna at the event, which was held on 16 October.

All proceeds from the day – which totalled £445 – went to Canine Partners, a charity providing assistance dogs like Yarna for people with physical disabilities. Shield vet Gillian Taylor has been a trustee of the charity since 2004.

Milestone celebration

Owner David Frere-Cook opened the Hampshire practice in 1986 as a one-man practice offering equine and small animal veterinary care. It is now solely small animal and has grown to employ three full-time vets and five RVNs, as well as being a vet nurse training practice.

Mrs Taylor said: “To celebrate this milestone we opened the practice from 12pm to 4pm to the general public. We provided refreshments, and as people arrived they were handed a quiz sheet that required them to find each member of staff for the answer to a question.

“We also asked visitors to match the pet to the member of staff and asked ‘what animal is in this x-ray?'”

Wonderful occasion

There were also demonstrations of bandaging, dental care and treatment, surgical instruments and animal handling – including one of the nurse’s snakes.

Mrs Taylor added: “It was a great day and we would like to thank all the drug and feed companies who donated raffle prizes and of course all the members of the public who turned up to make it such a wonderful occasion.”


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4 months 9 days ago

Fantastic vets !!!! David and his staff are amazing


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