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Whilst we appreciate it is far from most people's minds at the moment, it is important you are aware that the regulations for travel to Europe and Northern Ireland are changing from 1st January 2021.
Under new 'Part 2 listed status', your current UK (Euro) pet passport will NO LONGER BE VALID to travel to Europe or Northern Ireland.

Instead, a pet will need a SINGLE-USE AHC. This document will be valid for a single-journey into Europe and must be issued within 5-10 days of travel to a specified location.
You can read more here:…/pet-travel-to-europe-from-1-january-20…

Please note, this would affect any travellers with pets arriving in an EU Member State after 23:00 GMT on the 31 December 2020. This will also apply to travel Northern Ireland.

Please contact the surgery, or preferably e-mail us at, if you have any questions. This update is all very new to us too and as yet we do not have full information or pricing available. Also please bear in mind that we are very busy so it may take some time to get back to you.

With the approaching resumption of lockdown restrictions in England and the new tiering system in Scotland, we would like to reassure all our clients that the practice will continue to be open as normal.

Thanks to the hard work, commitment, adaptability and support of the entire practice team we have a robust set of Covid precautions in place to protect you and our team.

As a reminder, please:

  • Telephone us before attending at the practice so we can best assist you
  • Keep a 2-metre distance from other customers and our team members at all times
  • Always wear a face-covering inside the building (if you have concerns about this please tell our team on the phone and they will discuss options with you)
  • Only attend the practice with one person to one pet

Thank you for your ongoing support and kind words, they really do mean a lot.

After a thorough risk assessment and review of our protocols, we're pleased to announce that clients can once again enter our waiting room when attending for an appointment.
Either 2 or 3 clients (site-dependent) can wait at a time.

We must advise that only one client with one pet can be accepted at this time.

Medication for collection will still be placed in a box outside when you have informed us of your arrival.

Please follow the signs on site to guide you and call reception to let us know you are here.

We would like to thank our team for their amazing efforts throughout this period and also all our clients who have been so supportive of the ongoing changes.

For tomorrow's Bank Holiday we will be taking calls for urgent cases between 8.30am - 12pm. For the remainder of the day, our team or emergency vets will be on-call at all times as always.
The weekend service will be as usual.
Wishing everyone a very happy early May Bank Holiday and we hope you enjoy your VE Anniversary celebrations #staysafestayhome

We would encourage all our clients to check this Government website for all the latest information:-
We have sanitising gel available at reception and would encourage you all to use this both on arrival and upon leaving the practice.
This is obviously an ongoing situation and we will communicate any further updates as required both here and on our Facebook page.
Thank you.

We are going to be holding 2 puppy parties - one at Brampton on Tuesday 14th April 2020 and at Longtown on Wednesday 15th April 2020 both at 3.15pm

Puppies need to be fully vaccinated and 6 months or under to attend the party.

Please RSVP by 10th April by calling the Practice on either 016977 2318 or 01228 791245

The hip scoring scheme was established in the UK in 1965 to reduce the incidence and severity of hip dysplasia in the UK. Essentially it involves assessing an X-ray of a dogs hips taken before breeding takes place. The hip is a ball and socket joint and the better the fit, the lower the score. Scores are then compared to the average (median) for that particular breed aiming to breed from dogs with as low a score as possible.

Dogs with poorer hip scores have a greater degree of Hip dysplasia, because the joint is a poorer fit than it should be this leads to greater wear and damage to the joint and progression to painful arthritis later in life. It can be challenging to manage and from a veterinary point of view if it can be avoided it can lead to a much happier and healthier life.

Whilst many people are aware of the scheme and know to ask if the parents have been scored, it is also important to check what the scores were. For example the median for a Labrador Retriever is 9 according to the 2018 figures, so in line with the recommendations from the British Veterinary association (BVA) only dogs with a score less than 9 should be used for breeding.

If a breeder did wish to breed from a dog with slightly worse than average scores, because for example they had many other outstanding traits, then the advice would be only to pair with a dog with significantly better than average hip scores.

In summary check the scores, not just whether they have been done and if in doubt phone us up for advice before purchase.  Further information can be found on the BVA website at If you are looking to purchase a puppy, consider using the Puppy Contract ( 

There are further health schemes for elbows, eyes and other genetic tests, further information for which can also be found on the BVA website, and also the Kennel Club website.

Celebrate Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month with us!

Outside of the consulting room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a veterinary nurse. It is this we celebrate each May, as Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) gives us an opportunity to talk about our role in caring for your pets. In any given day a veterinary nurse may find themselves taking x-rays, medicating patients, doing consults, maintaining equipment, monitoring anaesthetics, dressing wounds, answering phones, and the list goes on!

The title “Veterinary Nurse” is not yet protected in law (meaning anyone can use it), but it is advised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that it should be taken to mean only Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). RVNs have undertaken a rigorous training programme, sat examinations, and are subject to a Code of Conduct, which includes a disciplinary process if a grievance should arise. We continue to study, and log professional development hours to maintain our Registration throughout our careers. Some RVNs undertake specialist training in a range of topics, especially the care of exotic pets, feline medicine, anaesthesia and dentistry. There are several different routes to becoming a veterinary nurse, and BVNA can provide you advice on the career and studying, if you are interested in pursuing this career.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) represents RVNs and promotes responsible pet care to the general public through Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM).This is a chance for us to interact with our clients and the public, so don’t be shy. Ask about what your RVNs do, and their special interests. You may find they can help you with a pet problem you have been having. Also, RVNs usually have pets themselves, and love to talk about them just as you do! 

Read more about #vnam19 at and learn more about the importance of the title RVN in this short video


Following three confirmed Equine Influenza outbreaks in vaccinated horses in a British racing yard on 6 February 2019, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has taken the decision to cancel racing at all British racecourses until Wednesday 13 February 2019. This is a precautionary measure and is a standard contingency in the event of an infectious disease within UK racing.

Horse owners are being urged to remain vigilant and should be aware of the clinical signs of Equine Influenza which include harsh, dry coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy and an increase in temperature (>38.5°C). These clinical signs may be mild and not all horses will present with all of these. If you are concerned, consult your vet as soon as possible who can take a swab and blood sample.

Equine flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the equine influenza virus. The virus is spread from horse to horse via coughing and respiratory droplets; and via indirect contact where appropriate biosecurity is not being followed. One of the most notable features of flu is the very quick spread of clinical signs in groups of horses and its ability to spread large distances in the air. Therefore horse owners are encouraged to consider their existing biosecurity arrangements in their yard. This includes ensuring they practice good general hygiene and isolating any horses showing flu-like signs.

The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket is recommending horse owners re-vaccinate their horse if their vaccination was carried out over 6 months ago, in order to maximise the chance of having protective immunity.

Capontree bid a fond farewell this week to Colin & Barbara Lindsay. Colin first came to Brampton in 1991 and Barbara joined the practice in 2001; during this time the practice has grown from strength to strength into what it is today. 

The whole practice would like to thank them both for their commitment and expertise over the years and we wish them all the very best for their ongoing adventures.