The Harrogate Vet brings back emergency out-of-hours pet care to the town after five year hiatus

29th Apr, 2024

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Practice to open new state-of-the-art hospital on Ripon Road in early July

CVS’ The Harrogate Vet is bringing back 24 hour emergency services to the town after a five year hiatus, meaning pets and owners will not have to travel to the nearby towns and cities of Leeds, Ripon, Thirsk or Wetherby for out-of-hours care.

On average, a pet will require emergency veterinary services approximately three times during their lifetime. The most common cases seen by vets out-of-hours are seizures, the ingestion of toxins, wounds and orthopaedic injuries, along with vomiting, diarrhoea and uterine infections.

The service will be located within a brand new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, which is currently being built on Ripon Road in the north of Harrogate. This hospital will provide routine veterinary care and procedures during normal hours, in addition to the new out-of-hours emergency service.

Based over two floors, this new £1.6m facility will house the very latest veterinary facilities and equipment. Five consulting rooms will offer a significant number of vet and nurse appointments, along with two operating theatres and an advanced dental suite. The site will also house an in-house laboratory, a CT scanner, radiography and ultrasound facilities. In addition, to keep stress to a minimum for patients, the practice will have a large reception area with separate feline and canine waiting areas, as well as separate dog and cat hospital wards.

The emergency service will operate 24/7, 365 days a year, with clinical staff on site at all times so that veterinary care is available whenever a client and their pet may need it. A team of nine vets, nine nurses, four night nurses, one patient care assistant and six client care advisors will operate the new hospital and the current The Harrogate Vet practice on Leeds Road. A wide range of advanced services will be offered, such as; laparoscopic surgery, CT imaging, vaccinations, surgery and dentistry, X-ray, hospitalisation for day cases and laboratory testing. In addition, veterinary nurses will offer pet health clinics and care for clients and their pets.

The Harrogate Vet Founder and Clinical Director, Katherine Jacklin BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS said:  

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“There used to be a hospital in Harrogate which covered the emergency services for all practices in the town. But this hospital closed its service 5 years ago and there’s not been any emergency veterinary service since.

From when we opened five years ago, we have dreamed of providing round the clock care for our patients. So we are delighted to announce we’re bringing back 24 hour emergency services for Harrogate’s pets.

We have a focus on offering exceptional care and the highest clinical standards to our patients, through a personalised and tailored service. And our ethos of being a local, friendly and welcoming practice will be at the heart of our new site - and its emergency service around the clock.”

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The new The Harrogate Vet hospital will be open for routine consultations from 8am until 7pm Monday-Friday, and from 9am until 5.30pm Saturday. Its out-of-hours service will run from 7pm until 8am Monday-Friday, and from 5.30pm Saturday through to 8am Monday, along with Bank Holidays.  

All registered clients of The Harrogate Vet will have full access to its emergency out-of-hours service. Pre-registration is now available and to register a pet. Clients should call or email the practice to ask about registering their pets. They can also register online via the practice website. All new patients who register will also be entitled to a free first consultation.

The new The Harrogate Vet hospital will be located at The Harrogate Vet, Adam House, Ripon Way, Harrogate, HG1 2AU. It will offer easy access and ample parking to clients and animal patients. Full disabled access is also being built.

The services and facilities provided by The Harrogate Vet remain unchanged at Leeds Road. The Harrogate Vet clients will have the flexibility to use the services and facilities of both sites.