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.”

View your activity >

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
avatar

wpDiscuz

related content

Two-thirds of clients who signed informed consent forms viewed the document as disempowering them, instead giving control to the vet, a study has found.

9 mins

The programme for the 2017 VET Festival has been announced, with more than 100 CPD lectures across 10 streams presented by international speakers.

6 mins

A vet has spoken of her astonishment after an x-ray of a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy revealed an 8in kitchen knife lodged inside its body.

5 mins

The benefits of pet ownership on human health may help the NHS reduce costs by nearly £2.45 billion – and vets should be praised for playing their part by keeping the nation’s animals healthy, according to a report.

5 mins

A former shopping centre plant room that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art surgery marks a milestone for an expanding veterinary group.

3 mins

Petra Agthe, a specialist in veterinary diagnostic imaging at Hampshire-based Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, has launched the Good Life Campaign.