Archive for the ‘Qualifications’ Category

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.”

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

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 and Holderness Veterinary Nurses Success in Final Exams

Two Veterinary Nurses at Haven Veterinary Group are celebrating after passing their final Veterinary Nursing OSCE’s (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations).

25 year old Clare Cone from Hull and 29 year old Katy Pyle from Hornsea studied all aspects of veterinary nursing including anaesthesia, pharmacology, anatomy, emergency care, radiology, and husbandry for many different animals at Ashkam Bryan College near York to gain the prestigious qualification.

Of the achievements, Jim Morris, Principal Vet and Practice Owner said: “Clare and Katy have worked incredibly hard to gain this qualification and we’re extremely proud of them and delighted with the contribution that they make to both the Holderness Road, Hull and Ketwell Lane, Hedon practices.”

Clare works primarily at the Hedon practice and enjoys walking the dogs and spending time with friends and family whilst Katy mainly works at the Holderness Road practice and spends her free time going to gym, listening to music and walking the dog.

In addition to Clare and Katy’s achievements, visiting student nurse, Ruth Marjason-Stamp has passed her Level 2 Paper in Veterinary nursing.

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.

Clare, Katy and Ruth will be supporting the Haven Veterinary Group team that will be participating in the Hull Race For Life on 13th July.

Hull Veterinary Surgeon sees success

Antony BadaThe lead veterinary surgeon at the Holderness Road branch of Haven Veterinary Group is celebrating after gaining a prestigious qualification in ophthalmology.

Antony Bada was awarded the General Practitioner certificate in Ophthalmology after studying with the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS) and can now offer a full range of diagnostic, surgical, and therapeutic treatment of eye disorders for large and small animals.

Of the achievement, Antony said: “It was a comprehensive and stimulating course that gave me a thorough understanding of the anatomy, development and physiology of the eye and covered the full spectrum of ocular diseases that I am likely to see in both the Hedon and Holderness Road practices.”

31 year old Antony graduated in Poland and joined Haven Vet Group in 2011.  He also enjoys soft tissue surgery and cardiology.

Practice owner and principal veterinary surgeon, Jim Morris said: “This is a tremendous achievement.  Antony worked very hard and the qualification is well deserved.  We’re proud to be one of only a few practices in the area that can offer this service.”

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.