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Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:15 am
by Fancy Rats Admin
Please add to this thread if you would like to recommend a vet in the South East and London area. For regional map of area boundaries see here.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:33 pm
by Shulott
Vet Name Mark Rowland
Practice Name Trinity Veterinary Centre
Address Hermitage Walk, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NZ
Telehone Number 01622 726730
Comments Mark is the CavyRescue vet and is, in our opinion, the rat health guru! In 2007 he achieved the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Zoological Medicine. This makes Mark one of the few veterinary surgeons in the UK with a Royal College qualification in this discipline. he has written several guides for CavyRescue including the Rat Respiratory Guide ( ... uide.shtml), Guide to PTs and Guide to Dental disease in exotic small mammals. ( ... mals.shtml)

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:25 pm
by katievonlou
Vet Name: Mr Evans
Practice Name: Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital
Address: London Rd, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 4AA
Telephone Number: 01344 450345
A lovely and friendly veterinary hospital, who are always very supportive and understanding. Can sometimes seem a little pricey (a neuter will cost £75.50) but all operations are done to perfection and free after care is offered.

Practice Standards
BSAVA Registered Veterinary Hospital
Achieved the Investor in People Award

Practice Interests
Orthopaedic Surgery (broken bones).
Cardiology (heart defects and diseases).
Ophthalmology (eye problems).
Radiology (x-rays etc).
Ultrasonography (ultrasound examination)
Dentistry (repair and routine care)
Soft Tissue Surgery
Internal Medicine

Additional Staff Qualifications
Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:26 pm
by Kitkat
Vet Name: Emily
Practice Name: The Village Animal Hospital
Address: Guards Avenue, Coulsdon Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5ZD
Telephone Number: 01883 348483
Emily is relatively new but keeps small furries herself so really treats them with care and respect. She has done neuters for us and seems to be proficient with small animal neuters. We've not tested her diagnostic skills much yet but she comes across as someone willing to listen and look into things if she doesn't know the answer. Costs are very reasonable, around £30 for a neuter, £60 for a lumpectomy. At the same practice Dominic is also good, not a small furry specialist but has a lovely manner and open to trying new things.

ETA 02/08/11
acapae_wolf wrote:Emily isn't working as a vet any more.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:32 pm
by Kitkat
Vet Name: Rob
Practice Name: Seers Croft
Address: Tower Rd, Faygate, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4SD
Telephone Number: 01293 851122
Rob is a superb vet and holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine. He has vast experience in all sorts of exotics including zoo animals, birds and reptiles so rats are pretty ordinary to him! He is amazingly compassionate and treats rodents with the same respect and care as a rhino. His knowledge is staggering and he is incredibly diligent and thorough. He's an excellent choice for anything a bit unusual. He is an exotics specialist so he's not the cheapest (£35 for a first consult) but he is so worth it!

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 3:37 pm
by Midnight Rose
I also recommend Emily and Dominic at the Village Animal Hospital, see Kitkats post above for details.

I only ever use the Village Animal Hospital for surgery.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:55 pm
by sati18
Vet Name: Paul Ingate, Jo Tyler
Practice Name: Harbour Vetinary Group
Address: 251 London Road North End Portsmouth
Telephone Number: 023 9266 8916
All of the vets at the North end HO fo the Harbour Vetinary Group have been brilliant, but the two best are by far Mr Ingate and Ms Tyler. Mr Ingate has done both of my neuters and I've never had any problems with abscesses or any post op problems at all. He is open minded about trying new treatments (as lng as he gets the research to look over if he isn't familiar with them) and his family have pet rats so he takes a genuine interest and is very comfortable with them.

Jo Tyler is equally comfortable with them and really knows her stuff. She has performed two lump removal operations for me, both of which have been more complicated than a standard lumpectomy. One because it required the hind leg to be completely amputated, and one because it was on a rat of 28 months with ongong respiratory problems. I highly recommend her for surgery.

Harbour vets are expensive though: £20 for a consult, £57 for a neuter, and this lump op just cost £106. However all post op check ups are free, and they are worth the expense for the peace of mind.

Website is here:

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:40 pm
by Feliss
Vet Name: Gracia Vila -
Practice Name: Village Vet - Maida Vale
Address: 6 Clifton Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 1SS
Telephone Number: 020 7289 1000
Comments: Webby -

Cons: Not best parking, but then it's London. Bit pricey, but post-op visits were free.
Pros: Treated my girl well and treated me well :) Felt comfortable there and nurse was great.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 5:16 am
by fizzlephut
Vet Name: Jaimin Patel (or their new vet is also good with rats - just ask who's best when call to book)
Practice Name: Barnfield House Veterinary Hospital
Address: 405 Pinner Road, North Harrow. HA1 4HN (also a clinic in Bushey)
Telephone Number: 020 8427 7360
Comments: Website

Cons: Out of hours is shared with another practice, who were rubbish the time I called them.
Pros: This is the vet that successfully managed a caesarian on one of my girls - saving the mum and nine of the babies. Can safely say that anything operative is well coped with! They also have a new vet now who is a recent graduate and rat mad and is very open to trying new medication.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:13 pm
by OllySmirnyAJ
re: Katievonlou's post

I can also recommend Mr Evans of Moor Cottage, especially as he has owned rats in the past :)

Vet Name: Mr Evans
Practice Name: Moor Cottage Veterinary Hospital
Address: London Rd, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 4AA
Telephone Number: 01344 450345

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:21 pm
by Pirate
Vet Name: A.D, Rose, Sam.
Practice Name: Animal Ark
Address: Goodmayes Avenue, Goodmayes, Essex.
Telephone Number: 020 8599 8544


Very friendly staff, who also remember names! They're always very helpful when we phone them, as well as when we attend appointments. They also offer an animal taxi service, and have better opening hours than my old practise had (and are better at fitting your pets in).

The above named vets aren't the only staff, but they've all been extremely helpful whenever I've seen any of them, although I've mostly seen A.D. I saw a lot of vets at a different practise who wouldn't prescribe anything other than baytril. He will. I've also had lots of arrogant vets, talking to me in quite a stuck up manner, as if anyone who hasn't been to vet school is actually thick, whereas they always talk to you nicely.

A.D. has also pts one of my rats, and he was very respectful.

They neutered Tristan (cryptorchid) and I had no problems with him. He recovered quickly and healed well. If they want or need a second opinion, they'll seek it, and there's enough staff there with enough experience between them for me to feel confident in what they say (I always request the vets I'm most comfortable with).

I've also taken my dog there with a poorly eye, and the vet who saw me checked him over but then got another vet to check him over because she specialises in that area. I liked that they were being extra cautious with him, especially as it was his eye. It wasn't anything serious and he just had some soothing eye drops, but I was grateful that they took the time to check him over properly (and he's a very bouncy labrador who LOVES being in the vets).

The waiting room is quite large and spaced out, has a TV (generally playing animal programmes), small play area, and refreshments (squash, water, I think maybe tea but I'm not sure, a bowl of water for dogs), which makes for quite a nice atmosphere (you feel like they're taking the time to think about their clients). They also have things like open days near xmas (you can go in and even have a proper look around and they have things going on) and puppy socialising (not sure how often), which I think is nice. It feels a bit like a community.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:16 pm
by acapae_wolf
Vet Name: Nicola Seed
Practice Name: All Creatures
Address: 85 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5QL
Telephone: 0207 228 0648
Email: info[at]

Nicola owns the practice and is very up on her rat knowledge - I think she's owned some before. On the 'new patient' form, there is a specific section that asks for your consent for non-liscened drugs if the vet thinks they're most suitable. In addition she's open to owner suggestions and to make contact/ discuss issues with other knowledgeable vets. The doseages she prescribes are ratty suitable and she has checked with me on a couple of occasions that I agree with the numbers she's got [in a being thorough/ realising I know what I'm on about way, rather than doubting herself]. She's also happy to give excess amounts of drugs for owner discression and is also very confident/ appropriate in her rat/ other small rodent handling.

They see quite a few rats and I've met other people in the waiting room with rats previously also. The other vet at the practice, Anders, is good and compasionate with small animals, but doesn't have the rat-specific knowledge and is less sure as to prescribing drugs and owner suggestions.

Price-wise a consultation for rats is currently £17 before anything else. Although this is a little pricey compared to other vets around the country it is a) the cheapest band at the practice, rather than the same as for larger animals b) I've had 4 rats health checked without price increase, and the same with 8 mice on a seperate occasion c) they're in Battersea :wink: Their prices for other meds are in the normal range as is pts. I've not personally used her for operations yet (only recently reccomended to me on here), so can't comment on that nor price, but a couple of other members on here have used her a few times.

The practice is also in walking distance from Clapham Junction train station and there are many bus routes that either go along the main road or in the general locality.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:17 pm
by pandorarising
Vet: Greg Scott
Surgery: The Grove Veterinary Surgery, Elm Grove, Portsmouth

Excellent, sympathetic, knowledgable and experienced with rats. Listening to suggestion and very flexible with treatment. Great vet.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:05 am
by wantouts
Vet Name Nadine Stapleton
Practice Name Royal Beaumont Animal Hospital
Address Royal College Street, Camden, London
Telehone Number 0207 3878134
Comments: Easily the best most rat savvy vet I have come across, she is the small animal and exotic specialist at the practise and keeps rats herself. I've seen her a couple of times and the other vets at the practise (who are all very good too) have referred me to her on a couple of occasions when they think she would be better at the job. The practise is very nice, they have a seperate waiting area for small animals, the reception staff are lovely and the fees are reasonable (£16 for a consultation - it's in central london) I wouldnt go anywhere else now.

Re: Vets in the South East & London

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:02 am
by acapae_wolf
NB to replace/ update review above.

Vet Name: Both vets - Nicola and Anders
Practice Name: All Creatures
Address: 85 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5QL
Telephone: 0207 228 0648
Email: info[at] ... 3631798303 ... 5003995432

All Creatures is a lovely, caring, and rat knowledgable practice. It's independently owned (by Nicola) and there's very much that sort of feel to the place rather than 'just another vets'.

Both vets are excellent with rats - both in terms of knowledge/ diagnosis and handling ability. I don't really have a preference which vet I see, although I'll try and keep seeing the same person if there's a continuous health issue. As a client my opinions are listened to and taken on board, rather than being bulldozed over. They're also open to learning information both from me and researching themselves.

Drugs are suggested/ prescribed based on their suitability rather than lisencing. As said before written consent for this is asked for, however other than for legal protection this has never been mentioned since. Dosages suggested are suitable, and drug combos aren't a problem. It is also possible to get larger supplies of medication for 'just in case' at home, and they're more than happy to supply meds from a repeat prescription started elsewhere.

In terms of surgery I've had lumpectomies, routine spays, an emergency spay and a toe amputation done here. Both vets are competent and experienced with small pet/ rat surgery and I've not experienced any issues with the level of care from the nurses as with elsewhere.

With spays and any other 'underneath' op sites the surface stitches are buried in the skin so as to almost completely remove risk of holes being chewed open. This decreases healing time more substantially than using glue.

Prices are mid-range on the whole, but considered cheap given their location. They have a seperate price band for small animal consultations, and medication prices aren't inflated. Surgery is priced by time taken ( /15min anaesthetic slots and /10 min vet slots), but this averages out to £60-72 (inc. vat, pre- and post-op cunsults and covering ABs) - although I've not asked after castrations.

There is a different practice for after hours emergencies (common in central London), but staff are always on site overnight should any animal be kept in for observation.

I have tried out a very large number of vets in SW London and All Creatures are by far my favourite. Given their transport links (just up the road from Clapham Junction station and on a number of bus routes) I would definately say they're well worth travelling to.

They have also competently seen mice and Syrian hamsters of mine/ in my care.

If anyone has any further questions please feel free to PM me. I'm so sad to be moving away from such a lovely and experienced practice.