Summer Newsletter 2018

Three Peaks Challenge for Nice 2b Nice

We have a team from Haven Veterinary Group taking on a challenge with the help of some friends in order to raise money for our local charity Nice 2b Nice

About the charity – “creating awareness whilst supporting those in need of specialist equipment and support and making a few smiles with our surprise days.”

Lewis is a therapy labrador in training who visits those in need to offer comfort and affection. This is an excellent service and is therefore Haven Veterinary Group’s nominated charity for the year

Our challenge – The National Three Peaks Challenge!

We aim to complete all 3 of the highest mountains in the UK within 24 hours.

BEN NEVIS – Scotland · SCAFELL PIKE– England · SNOWDON – Wales

JULY 12th 5pm Challenge begins!

The clock starts, and we begin the climb of Ben Nevis.

10pm – Complete Ben Nevis, begin six hour drive to Scafell Pike

4am – Arrive at Scafell Pike and begin ascent

Climbing from either Wasdale Head, or from Seathwaite.

8am – Complete Scafell Pike, begin five hour drive to Snowdon

1pm – Arrive at Snowdon and begin ascent

5pm

Complete the Three Peaks Challenge!

Training has begun for the national 3 peak challenge! Starting with a snowy walk up Pen Y Ghent with Pippa Kaplowitch and Emma Wyndham at the start of February and then a lengthy 18k walk around Huggate with Joanna Rawson.

Spring Newsletter 2018

We’re delighted to be supporting Lewis, the Nice 2b Nice charity’s lovely Support Dog

 

L to R Kerrie Morley Hayley Bateman Lisa Dibnah and Pippa Kaplowitch with Lewis the Support Dog

We celebrated our sponsorship of Lewis, the Support Dog from Hull charity Nice 2b Nice, by welcoming the eight month old Labrador, and owner David Freer, to our Hedon practice on last week.

Nice 2b Nice supports disadvantaged children under the age of 16 living in the Hull and East-Riding area and will use therapy dog, Lewis to bring comfort to sick children and those with learning disabilities once he has completed his training in March.

We will be sponsoring Lewis’ routine medical care during the year and our fundraising team hopes to raise a significant amount through a series of fundraising activities, including vet Pippa Kaplowitch and nurse Emma Wyndham who will complete the national Three Peaks Challenge for the charity.

Lisa Dibnah, from our accounts department is a member of the charity committee who heard of a local charity that was starting a new venture with a therapy dog.

Lisa said: “I found out about Nice 2b Nice through a friend whose son had attended a ‘surprise day’ at his primary school and it was clear that this charity is making a big impression on people’s lives.

“In the past, we have held numerous fundraising events throughout the year for different charities, but this year, we all agreed that we could make a bigger impact by supporting a single local charity that really makes a difference in the community.

“It’s great to support Nice 2b Nice as it is a charity that is just beginning to take therapy dogs into hospitals, hospices, schools, and other places dogs are not usually allowed, in order to cheer people up.

Lisa concluded: “We hope that it’s a cause that many of our clients will be keen to get involved with too, as animal lovers.”

David Freer established Nice 2b Nice in 2014 after campaigning to raise funds to replace a boy’s stolen wheelchair.

The charity helps to provide financial support, organise surprise days, operates a respite centre and care home and offers a therapy dog service.

David said: “We’re delighted that Haven has chosen to support us and Lewis.

“Dogs like Lewis spread a lot of happiness and provide a mental lift for those who are hospitalised or receiving medical treatment at home,” he added.

“During his training, Lewis has had a great effect on the children we support and, once he’s fully trained, we’d like to help many more children.”

To find out more about supporting Nice 2b Nice or booking a visit from Lewis see www.nice2bnice.org.uk or email nice2bnice72@yahoo.com.

Congratulations, Carol on your 40th anniversary with Haven Veterinary Group

We were delighted to mark a special staff anniversary with a surprise lunch recently.

Carol Burnham, pictured left above, head receptionist of the small animal department at our Hedon practice, celebrated 40 years of service with 15 colleagues as we toasted her anniversary over lunch.

Her husband Richard and retired colleagues also made an appearance for the occasion when she was presented with a watch and a bouquet of flowers by our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris.

Carol, of Burstwick, joined the practice initially working in the large animal side of the business before moving over to the small animal department.

 Jim paid tribute to her commitment to the practice: “We’re very pleased to mark Carol’s 40 years of service here at Haven and we’d all like to wholeheartedly thank her for her loyal service.

“She is one of the first people our patients and owners see when they visit the practice and her willingness to help is exemplary.”

Lisa Dibnah, who works in the finance department, said: “It was lovely to surprise Carol with a special lunch, and reminisce about the funny things that had happened over the years.”

Carol said it was wonderful to mark the milestone with her colleagues and friends.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the years – the practice has really grown from the early days when the large animal department was in a Portakabin.”

Pictured left to right is Carol with colleagues Sandra, Karen and Judy.

Generation Pup

Generation Pup is the first study to follow dogs of all breeds from puppy-hood as they grow up into adults. They are asking owners of all UK puppies of 16 weeks of age or less, of any breed or cross breed, to sign up and become part of the Generation Pup community.  So Haven Veterinary Group have decided to get on board and help to recruit puppy owners.

By collecting information about each puppy – their environment, family, health, behaviour and experiences – we can build up a picture of a whole generation of dogs across the UK. This means that researchers in the Generation Pup team can investigate whether aspects such as environment, social interaction, diet, exercise or daily routine may be important in the development of a range of health and behaviour conditions which impact on the well-being of our dogs.

Autumn Newsletter 2017

Autumn Newsletter 17

Willow the Red Necked Wallaby Joey

Here at Haven Veterinary Group we have some nice news to share –
We would like to introduce you to ‘Willow’ the Red Necked Wallaby joey.

Willow was brought to us in late May after being rejected by her mother. We ascertained that she was approximately 6 months old by looking at her dental development which meant she should actually still be getting all her care and food by way of milk within her mothers pouch for another 4 months or so.

Therefore a surrogate mother was needed. Hayley (our senior nurse) stepped in and has become Willows ‘mum’.  A man-made pouch was constructed, incorporating a heat pad and the process of 4 hourly feeds round the clock commenced. Willow quickly got used to living in her pouch at the end of the bed at Hayley’s house (Mick her husband is very understanding!) and spending her days whilst Hayley was at work hanging in her pouch in Jim’s (our principles office who is also very accommodating!) 

Willow is doing really well and is now approximately 8 1/2 months old and going from strength to strength. She now only requires bottle feeding morning and night and is eating solid food, grasses and greens and has trebled in weight.

As wallabies are mainly nocturnal she now spends her days at Hayleys home snoozing in her pouch during the day and bounding around the house and garden during the evenings.

Willow is very social and has plenty of other family members animal/human for company.

We will keep you updated on Willows progress weekly including photos and videos.

We’re delighted that our equine practice has been upgraded by the RCVS

The team at our equine practice in Hedon are celebrating after being upgraded to the new accreditation level Equine General Practice – Ambulatory by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – the highest accreditation we could receive for the facilities at our Ketwell Lane site.

Equine General Practice – Ambulatory is an accreditation for equine practices that provide a GP level service without stabling facilities or premises where horses are treated. It means the practice meets RCVS Core and GP requirements in all modules except In-Patients.

Our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris, said that receiving news of the standard upgrade is an official acknowledgement of the equine teams’ expertise.

“We work hard to maintain high standards of veterinary care here at the practice and this latest accreditation shows our dedication to our profession,” he added.

To attain the RCVS General Practice grade, veterinary practices must meet a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

On the subject of equestrian matters (ish!), our practice manager, Mandy Dobbs will be testing her riding skills when she competes in the annual Camel Derby at Beverley Races on 17th August. Sporting silks in Haven’s colours, Mandy is competing in the race to raise money for Save the Children.

Mandy said: “This will certainly be different to riding horses, but it’s a fantastic cause, and I’m looking forward to what should be a fun event for charity.”

To support Mandy’s camel derby, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-dobbs.

Here’s a great photo of Mandy on her usual mount!

We’re proud to announce that our Hedon equine practice has been upgraded by the RCVS

The team at Haven in Hedon are celebrating after our equine facility has been upgraded to the new accreditation level Equine General Practice – Ambulatory, by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

This is the highest accreditation that we could receive for the facilities at our Ketwell Lane site and we’re highly delighted.

Equine General Practice – Ambulatory is an accreditation for equine practices that provide a GP level service without stabling facilities or premises where horses are treated. It means the practice meets RCVS Core and GP requirements in all modules except In-Patients.

Our owner and principal vet, Jim Morris, said that receiving news of the standard upgrade is an official acknowledgement of the equine teams’ expertise.

“We work hard to maintain high standards of veterinary care here at the practice and this latest accreditation shows our dedication to our profession,” he added.

To attain the RCVS General Practice grade, we needed to meet a range of minimum standards including hygiene, 24-hour emergency cover, staff training, certain types of equipment and cost estimation procedures.

Meanwhile, our practice manager, Mandy Dobbs will be testing her equestrian skills when she competes in the annual Camel Derby at Beverley Races on 17th August. Sporting silks in Haven’s colours, Mandy is competing in the race to raise money for Save the Children.

Mandy said: “This will certainly be different to riding horses, but it’s a fantastic cause, and I’m looking forward to what should be a fun event for charity.”

To support Mandy’s camel derby, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amanda-dobbs.