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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 or email

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.

We’re delighted to welcome new RVN, Andrea Pugh to our practice

Andrea Pugh RVN rWe’re pleased to announce that Mrs Andrea Pugh has joined the team at Haven Veterinary Group as a full-time RVN and clinical coach to the trainee veterinary nurses and will work out of both the Hull and Hedon practices.

Mrs Pugh started her career as a receptionist at a veterinary practice in Bridlington before beginning her veterinary nursing training in 2013 at The College of Animal Welfare in Tingley near Leeds.

After completing the two-year course and qualifying as a registered veterinary nurse, Mrs Pugh continued to work in Bridlington where she still lives.

At Haven Veterinary Group she said she wants to make more people aware of the services veterinary nurses offer.

“I’m delighted to join the team at Haven.  It’s been a while since we have had a practising RVN at the Holderness Road branch, and we’d like to remind people that I am here for them to chat with should they have any issues with their pets. The RVN role is similar to that of a Nurse Practitioner at a Doctor’s surgery and I can make referrals to the vet where necessary.”

Mrs Pugh also offers weight management and adolescent clinics for puppies and kittens, senior clinics, second vaccinations, nail clippings and anal gland expressions, among other services.

She is one of the practice’s two clinical coaches for any students training to be a RVN.

Haven Vet Group owner and principal vet Jim Morris said: “Andrea is an excellent addition to the team at both practices.

“We have recently invested significantly in our Holderness Road practice, and we’re keen to continue to offer much-needed extended services like weight management clinics and excellent levels of care for all our patients.”

Hull Vet Group offers tips for Bonfire Night

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The staff at one of Hull’s leading Veterinary Practices are dispensing advice to help clients manage their pets’ anxieties as Halloween and bonfire night draw closer.

Staff at Haven Veterinary Group in Ketwell Lane, Hedon and Holderness Road, Hull are offering a combination of simple tactics and prescription drugs to help reduce pets’ stress levels.

Practice owner and principal veterinary surgeon Jim Morris said; “Often, simple things like leaving the television on for background noise and shutting the curtains so that pets can’t see the fireworks will help, but in severe cases, we can recommend pheromone diffusers, de-stressing CDs and prescription medication to relieve anxiety.”

Pet owners are invited to visit either practice to discuss the best way to manage their pet’s firework related stresses.

Staff are also asking people to check for hibernating hedgehogs before they light their bonfire.


Hedon Vet turns to toys to give tortoise a new lease of life

Vet Kim Barrow examines Harry the TortoiseA Holderness tortoise has been given a new lease of life inspired by the classic children’s construction toy, Meccano.

When Harry the Horsefield tortoise presented at Haven Veterinary Group’s Hedon practice with a swollen leg that refused to heal, vet Kim Barrow was forced to think of a way to keep the weight off 11 year old Harry’s legs.

Dr Barrow explained what happened next: “Harry had injured one of his back legs and was overworking the other one in an attempt to stay mobile. This resulted in swelling that would keep recurring unless we could think of a way to keep the weight off his legs.”

Kim recalled a procedure that she had seen in another practice and, unable to find an off the shelf solution, made a set of wheels from a stainless steel pin and Meccano wheels that she fixed to Harry’s undercarriage using hoof glue.

“The swelling reduced almost immediately and, although Harry managed to pull the first set of wheels off and needed some all-terrain tyres to stop him slipping, we’re delighted to report that he’s making excellent progress.”

Harry’s owner, Mike Davis from Patrington is delighted with Harry’s progress: “Kim specialises in exotic animals and treats all of our tortoises. This is an ingenious solution and has given Harry a new lease of life and means that he can still rule the roost, even as the smallest tortoise in the family!”

Horsefield tortoises originate from Central Asia and are a relatively small species with males reaching only about 16cm in length when fully grown aged around 15.

We’re proud of our Macmillan coffee morning fundraising efforts

Staff and volunteers Macmillan Sept 2015We’re pleased to report that we raised £400 during their Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser recently.

Haven Veterinary Group staff set out their stall outside the Post Office in Hedon and sold cakes that had been made by staff and supporters of the Vet’s Hull and Hedon practices.

Jim Morris, Haven’s owner and principal vet, whose wife was among the team that manned the stand, said: “This is the third year that we have raised money for Macmillan and I’m very proud of the team’s baking prowess and fund raising abilities. Over the last two years, we have raised £4,000 for local charities like Carr House Rescue Centre, Bransby Horse Rescue and Dove House and national charities like the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us, baked and bought our cakes and we hope to do as well in our charity fund-raising next year.”

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest charity fundraising event. Last year, the same event raised £25 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Haven Veterinary Group has been treating and caring for small and large animals for over a century and its Holderness Road practice is one of only a few nurse training centres in East Yorkshire.


Hull Vets limber up to take on charity challenge

Haven Veterinary Group crazy crittersMembers of the Crazy Critters team at Haven Veterinary Group are collectively psyching up to take part in the International It’s a Knockout competition on Saturday 25th July. The event is being held at Chamberlain Road in Hull in aid of Dove House Hospice and the Haven entrants, comprising ten staff from their Hedon and Holderness Road practices have committed to raising a minimum donation of £500.4

Organisers of the competition have promised both the supporters and public spectators a fun filled experience with water, foam, inflatables and a few tactical challenges on the road to glory.

“We really want to help Dove House Hospice,” reported Veterinarian Pippa Kaplowich, “because it is such a valuable charity. To be honest, it just looks like it’s going to be great fun too.”

You can Support the Crazy Critters by visiting

Left to right, Pippa Kaplowich, Hayley Bateman, Kharis Collinson, Phillip van der Riet, in front Antony Bada and Tarquin the Dog.



Hedon Care Home’s Canine Celebration

Magdalen Park Pet Show winnersAside from Britain’s worldwide reputations for courage in adversity, prowess in innovation and the financial hub of the western world, we Brits are universally known for our love of our pets. In all breeds, shapes and sizes virtually every household has a four-footed friend. For many of us in later years this all changes when we find new living arrangements in a residential care home. Magdalen Park Nursing Home in Hedon has, however, recently taken a new initiative to address this sensitive issue.

“We recognize,” says Magdalen Events Organiser, Steph Ashton, “that residents keeping a whole variety of personal pets is not feasible here, so we looked at the situation a different way. We really want to be part of the community, maintaining relationships between our residents and their carers, friends and families, so we invited them to bring their pets here to visit us for a special Prize Pet Show recently.

“We wanted the event to be properly organized and professionally judged so I asked around our residents’ visitors and so many of them recommended the local Haven Veterinary Practice as their first choice for pet care, so I asked them if they could spare the time to help us with our special day.”

“I thought this was such a great idea,” says Haven Vet, Pippa Kaplowich, “that I didn’t hesitate to volunteer. I even took my Labrador, Tarquin along to meet the other pets. This was no serious “Best In Show”. It was fun day for residents and local people of all ages, especially when Chewy the Rabbit escaped from his owner and everyone was chasing around the lawn to grab him. I hope this great day for the residents and community will be an annual event and we will be proud to be part of it.”

Hull Vet Group supports on form boys’ football team

Josh Storey, twins Archie and George Gooderham and Kate DanbyHull and Holderness Veterinary Surgeons, Haven Veterinary Group, held an Easter raffle to help a flourishing boys football team to buy new training tops.

Staff and customer of the group’s practices on Holderness Road, Hull and Ketwell Lane, Hedon, raised over £117.50 towards training tops for the on form team that is unbeaten in Under 10’s Group Five of the Hull Boys Sunday League.

Managed by former Hedon Rangers senior player, Jon Storey, Hedon Rangers Pythons was a new team last season that was formed when the original Hedon Rangers team became oversubscribed.

Commenting on the raffle, Jon Storey said: “They’re a great group of committed footballers and we’re very grateful to Haven Veterinary Group’s continued support.”

Evie Beattie from Haven Veterinary Group said: “We have been proud supporters of Hedon Rangers Pythons since they formed last year and we’re delighted to see them doing so well.

We’re pleased to able to support youngsters playing sport in the community. They’re obviously really loving their football and it’s a joy to watch.”

The winner of the Hedon raffle was Mrs Paviour, whose son runs the Hedon Rangers Academy for boys and girls aged 5 to 7 and the winner of the Hull raffle was Mr Overton.

Haven Veterinary Group has been treating and caring for small and large animals for over a century and its Holderness Road practice is one of only a few nurse training centres in East Yorkshire.

Hedon Rangers AFC was formed in 1982 to provide organised football for the boys and girls within the Hedon Area.

The Hull Boys Sunday Football League was formed in 1959 and currently has over 450 teams playing in 41 divisions from Under 7 to Under 18.

Veterinary Group invests in equine x-ray machine and ultrasound equipment

horsesA Hull veterinary group has invested in new portable x-ray and ultrasound equipment to extend its range of equine services.

The portable x-ray machine is the first for the Haven Veterinary Group, that has practices in Hull and Hedon, and the equipment will be based at the group’s large animal practice in Ketwell Lane, Hedon.

With the investment in the equipment, the group can now offer equine orthopaedic imaging using both x-ray and ultrasound for tendons, ligaments, joints and bones.

With the accompaniment of a digital processor, the vets can access images immediately.

The group first used the x-ray machine in September and Pippa Kaplowitch, a mixed animal vet who does most of the horse work, will operate the machine with the help of head nurse Mandy Dobbs.

Miss Kaplowitch said: “This new equipment means we are able to expand our equine department and provide clients with better services.”

Miss Dobbs said the new facility enables the team to do the diagnostics themselves whereas in the past, they would have to refer the animal to be x-rayed.

“The portable machine reduces stress on the horses as they do not have to travel and sometimes the owners don’t have transport so we can take the machine to the yard where the horse is kept.

“It also helps to limit further damage to the horse in cases of suspected fractures.”

 The machine, provided by Processing Imaging Equipment Services, Huddersfield, is completely portable and can easily be transported to any of the areas that Haven’s Hull and Hedon practices cover.