A veterinary practice in Leeds has launched a community nursing service, complete with distinctive “ambulances” in pink and green livery.

Heather Irving
RVN Heather Irving on her way to an appointment.

According to Holly House Veterinary Hospital, the service means nurse appointments can be carried out in the comfort of clients’ homes, such as:

  • nail clipping
  • medication administration
  • flea or worm consultations
  • post op checks
  • a variety of health checks

Stress relief

The practice said this can be especially helpful for nervous dogs or cats that do not like trips to the practice, as stress levels can be “significantly reduced”.

Practice manager and RVN Amy Martin said the service was also launched because it is “more convenient” for clients.

She said: “It’s not always easy to get to the vets and some animals find it upsetting.

“If pets need an appointment to have their blood pressure checked, for example, then the experience of going to the vets can see their blood pressure really getting quite high. With our new service, practice nurses can travel out to see those pets in their homes without the risk of raised blood pressure.”

Enhanced nursing care

The nurses can also collect and return pets from home if they are having an operation or procedure, and can carry out euthanasia and end-of-life care.

Mrs Martin added: “Our community nurse service enhances the care we already provide. For example, a nurse visit in advance could allow owners to make full preparations, along with other support services we offer, including optional follow-up visits afterwards, if needed.”

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