Facilities & Services

We have branches in the Dronfield and Killamarsh areas of Sheffield, each with fully equipped diagnostic and operating facilities, enabling us to quickly diagnose and carry out most major surgical procedures on-site.

We are one of the few remaining practices in Sheffield & Chesterfield who provide our own out of hours service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our out of hours service is staffed by our own Vets & Nurses at our own premises in Dronfield and Killamarsh both surgeries are fully equipped with immediate access to your animals records.

Ample parking – convenient free parking available at both sites.

Waiting room – We appreciate it is a stressful time for both clients and patients when visiting the Vets so our aim is to try to alleviate this as much as possible. We have a spacious waiting room separated into 2 designated areas for dogs and cats. We try to keep to and run to appointment times, emergencies permitted, to ensure that you are not kept waiting and so the waiting area is never too busy or full at any one time.  There is music played quietly in the background to try to keep the environment as calm as possible, pets sense when owners are stressed, worried or upset and so increases their stress levels. If we can help make our clients feel more relaxed, your pets will become more relaxed too.

Modern air-conditioning - Installed throughout the waiting and consulting areas. This unit helps to regulate the temperature, allowing a more comfortable visit for you and your pet.

Fully computerised record system – This recently updated computer system allows both our Dronfield and Killamarsh surgeries to be linked, allowing instant access to your records at both sites. This is particularly advantageous during out of hour visits. It means we can look back at all your pets records, enabling us to identify important and relevant history that can determine the best form of treatment for your pet.  This system also allows both sites to run independently so access is always accessible even if there is a power cut at one of the sites.  The computer system regularly backs up so your pets records are being constantly saved so there are no fears that they will ever be lost.  

Nurse clinics  - Our qualified and experienced nurses offer a number of free complimentary nurse clinics to all of our registered clients.  Our nurse clinics prove to be very useful, whether it is in preventative health care or just to seek advice and guidance. The clinics are run at both the Dronfield and Killamarsh sites, for more information on which clinics are available then follow the link or call our reception team.

Purpose built operating theatre – We have a dedicated sterile operating theatre for performing surgery.  It is a purpose built facility, where only designated operating personnel may enter, keeping the number of bodies in the room to a minimum.  Our operating table is electrically heated to keep our patients warm and minimise heat-loss during surgery as they cannot regulate their own body temperature when anaesthetised. It is adjustable so we can find the best position for each patient required for the procedure or for patients with specific needs. We have underfloor heating in this room to maintain an ambient room temperature, it is crucial in this environment.  The theatre has piped oxygen and the most efficient scavenging system enabling optimal use of the anaesthetic equipment while keeping the amount of eqiupment down to a minimum, again this is important for maintaining sterilty.  Situated over the operating table is a state of the art LED operating light, the LEDs produce a light beam without infrared rays and therefore without heat, this cold light will not alter or change the target temperature, it also means  the surgeon remains cool and unaffected by the light. A strict cleaning protocol is followed using special disinfectants to ensure theatre is kept scrupulously clean.   The designated theatre staff have to change into the correct attire before entering the operating suite, this is to maintain asepsis of the theatre environment. The Veterinary Surgeons use disposal sterile gloves, gowns and drapes to ensure the highest standards of sterility throughout surgical procedures.

Anaesthetics – We are one of the few Veterinary practices in the country who now routinely use sevoflurane (as used in human paediatric surgery) to anaesthetise all species. It is the most up-to-date safest anaesthetic agent on the Veterinary market. This enables a smoother and more rapid induction and recovery, greatly reducing the anaesthetic time and this ultimately reduces the risk to your pet.

Digital x-ray facilities – We have upgraded our x-ray facilities AT BOTH SITES to include digital x-ray processors and special floating top table. One of the main advantages is that it allows us to take better quality radiographs at a fraction of the time of manual processing, ensuring rapid diagnosis and decreased general anaesthetic times. The digital processor allows us to develop detailed x-rays quickly and safely, without chemical waste. The images can then be viewed on a computer screen and manipulated to get the best image. Results are reported the same day ensuring a fast and accurate diagnosis of your pets condition. Images can be viewed in the consulting room, so that the vet can discuss the case with the owner.  If necessary the images can be sent, via email or cd, to a referral centre for assessment. The moving top table is a valuable addition making it possible to position large animals for radiography much more easily.

Ultrasound scanner – Used for non-invasive, pain-free investigation for looking at “soft-tissues” and abdominal organs, heart conditions and pregnancy diagnosis. This can routinely be performed conscious in most patients. Colour Doppler allows us to look further at blood flow and heart / valve function. We do have to clip fur in the areas we want to look at so that the ultrasound probe can make contact with the skin.

Comprehensive in-house laboratory – Our state of the art analysers deliver powerful and immediate information on blood chemistries, haematology, electrolytes, endocrinology, blood gases, coagulation and urine. One single report provides an accurate and complete picture of your pets health status so we can assess and explain our findings, point out abnormalities, discuss recommendations and confidently begin treatment within or out of normal working hours.

Purpose built kennelling - For animals that need to stay with us - either as an out-patient, or as an unwell animal that requires hospitalisation; we have dedicated wards for them to stay in. We have separate hospitalisation facilities for dogs, cats and exotics, this reduces stress levels caused by different species of animals mixing.  All our wards are centrally heated and equipped with air extraction, dimmable lighting and even music. For vivaria housing see our exotics section. Each animal has their own private “kennel” which is clean, comfortable and big enough to be roomy, whilst allowing them the rest that they require.These facilities allow a minimal stress environment to assist in the road to recovery of your animal.

Isolation facilities – This is an independant area away from our main hospitalised patients. To prevent cross contamination in the event of hospitalisation and intensive barrier nursing care of infectious patients.

ECG heart monitor – An Electrocardiogram Machine (ECG) is used to measure the electrical activity in the heart.  The process is very painless, and most animals will allow us to perform this concious. Four small clips are attached to the skin on each of their legs for a few minutes. We may recommend this if we are suspicious that your pet may have a heart complaint that is affecting the way their heart beats, or if we feel the heart may be enlarged. A print out can be obtained to show what the heart is doing in terms of rate and rhythm.  We can take measurements from this to help us reach a diagnosis.

Blood pressure monitoring – Particularly important in our geriatric feline patients. Early detection and correction of increased blood pressure (hypertension) is essential to avoid organ damage and further complications. Regular blood pressure monitoring is commonly used to follow chronic diseases in pets, such as chronic renal failure and Cushing’s disease.

Tonometer – Measures intra-ocular pressure to diagnose glaucoma. Glaucoma is caused by the build up of fluid within the eye. Abnormally high pressure can damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss. In the event of problems with your pet’s eyes it may be necessary to measure and monitor eye pressure to treat and avoid changes that may lead to the development of glaucoma.  

Endoscopy - As a minimally invasive procedure, endoscopy is a reliable option for looking inside hollow organs in order to aid in diagnosing and treating disease. It is also useful for removing foreign bodies and obtaining tissue samples from our patients. It can significantly reduce the risk of long general anaesthetics as well as pain and discomfort from large surgical incisions.

Rhinoscopy - Allows us to examine the nasal cavity directly and obtain diagnostic samples of tissue for culture, cytology and histology. Rhinoscopy may be indicated in dogs and cats with nasal discharge, nasal obstruction, chronic sneezing, epistaxis, facial distortion, nasal pain, acute severe sneezing, reverse sneezing and abnormal radiographs.

Dentistry - Ultrasonic dental scaler, polishing heads and drills. Designed specifically for Veterinary use, state of the art technology for tartar and plaque removal. Diamond cutting discs and burrs for tooth extraction with water-cooled drill to prevent overheating patients tissues. Specific rabbit dental kit available for use on bunnies.

Cryosurgery - is a bloodless, self-anaesthetizing and quick procedure that that can be utilized for small warts and skin tags in older animals that are unsuitable candidates for general anaesthesia.

Laser surgery - Less Bleeding: As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel. Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less oedema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery. Reduced risk of infection: This is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect. Quicker recovery time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery after the surgery.

Key Hole Surgery - Offering Your Pet up to 65% Less Pain Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for viewing the internal structures of the abdomen. A laparoscope (camera) inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall provides magnified high definition views of the internal organs allowing greater surgical precision. Additional small incisions are made to facilitate the use of surgical instruments. The most common application of laparoscopy is biopsy. In recent years, laparoscopy has been adopted as a less traumatic and less painful alternative to traditional spays.

Home visits available by appointment.