In order to protect all our staff and clients during the Covid 19 outbreak we have had the Small Animal Hospital is sadly unable to offer its normal full service. We will continue to offer our gold standard care where possible and assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly.

We are currently able to continue providing the following service: For the coming weekend from 7pm Friday 5th March until 8am Monday 8th March we will offer a small animal emergency out of hours service on 01572 722646 there will a message letting you know how to contact the duty vet. A member of staff will contact clients to rearrange any routine appointments . If you wish to contact us about your routine appointment please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To order repeat prescriptions please go to our website Pre-ordered prescriptions can be collected between 9am - 12noon on Saturday. You will need to ring to let our staff know when you have arrived to collect.

As we are working with a reduced team and, at times may need assistance to deliver veterinary care, several of our neighbouring practices have offered to assist us with providing routine and emergency veterinary treatment during the next 10 days and we are grateful for their support. As an alternative for routine treatment that cannot be postponed and emergencies from 8am to 7pm the supporting practice contacts details are:

Avenue Vets Grantham - 01476 563371

Bray House Vets - Melton Mowbray - 01664 562054

Stamford Vets - Stamford - 01780 763180

Kirk Vets - Sleaford - 01529 303344

For out of hours small animal emergencies please contact any of the following practices:

Avenue Vets - Grantham 01476 563371

Peterborough Vets Now 01733 512192

Nottingham Vets Now 01159 789143

Our phone lines will be busy and at times there may be a delay in our staff answering - we thank you for your patience with our staff who are working hard during this difficult time. We will keep you updated of any changes to our services.

Following confirmed Covid 19 cases amongst our Small Animal Hospital Team we will be carrying out a deep clean in all areas in the hospital.

In order to do this the Small Animal Hospital will be closed from 8am Friday 5th March until 9am on Saturday 6th. We will not be able to see any animals for treatment including emergencies and the practice phone will refer clients to our website and this page for the practices that have offered to treat our patients at this time.

They are as follows: For routine treatment that cannot be postponed and emergencies during the daytime the supporting practice contacts details are:

Avenue Vets - Grantham 01476 563371

Bray House Vets - Melton Mowbray 01664 562054

Kirk Vets - Sleaford 01529 303344

Stamford Vets - Stamford 01780 763180

For out of hours small animal emergencies please contact any of the following practices:

Avenue Vets - Grantham 01476 563371 Peterborough Vets Now 01733 512192 Nottingham Vets Now 01159 789143

If you need to order prescriptions or contact us regarding non emergency issues please email on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Our staff will be monitoring our emails during the day. If clients need to speak to a member of our staff with a query that cannot wait until Saturday morning please ring 07725 544450. 

We apologise for this closure and thank you for your understanding during this time. We will be offering our full services as soon as possible. 

Are you a final year vet student or recent graduate looking for the perfect first job?

We are now looking for the next small animal Graduate Clinician to join our team in Aug/Sept 2021. You'll be joining a busy hospital with a supportive team on our two year GC Programme.

Follow the link below for the details and how to apply

Graduate Clinician Programme


Diabetes Mellitus (DM) occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces is ineffective.  The body needs insulin to control blood sugar levels and use sugar for energy.  Without insulin sugar accumulates in the blood and spills into the urine causing the animal to urinate lots and drink lots of water.  The brain becomes sugar deprived without insulin meaning the animal is constantly hungry, yet may lose weight due to inefficient use of nutrients from their diet.  The disease most commonly occurs in older dogs and cats and can be managed long term with insulin injections, which are given at home.

With temperatures hotting up it's time to start thinking about taking action to prevent some of the conditions that can affect our small furries at this time of year.  In warmer weather rabbits are vulnerable to a condition called Flystrike, which can progress quickly and ultimately can be fatal.

Flystrike occurs when flies lay their eggs around your rabbit's bottom, these hatch into maggots which in turn chew into the rabbit's skin.  Rabbits with dirty bottoms (loose stools) and wet fur are at risk which means that rabbit's who struggle to clean themselves are more prone to the condition.

The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) exists to promote animal health and welfare through the ongoing development of professional excellence in veterinary nursing.  They launched Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, which happens every May, to highlight the importance of the role of the Veterinary Nurse in practice and in the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.

Did you know that, outside of the consult room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a qualified veterinary nurse (RVN)?  No one day is the same and their daily tasks can involve:

  • Taking x-rays
  • Medicating patients
  • Nurse clinics
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Monitoring anaesthetics
  • Dressing wounds

This is all on top of looking after all the hospital inpatients who have been in overnight and admitted as day patients for surgery and procedures.

To find out more about the role of the RVN and how to go about choosing this as a career please click here to visit the British Veterinary Nursing Association website.

What are the options?

At Oakham Veterinary Hospital we have a number of surgeons who are able to offer both the traditional, non laparoscopic spay or use the laparoscopic (keyhole) technique.  Although the traditional 'open' method is still more widely used, some people prefer the advantages of a less intrusive surgery for their pet such as, quicker recovery time, less bruising and tissue manipulation resulting in a more comfortable recovery.

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We are delighted to announce that we are now offering Veterinary Physiotherapy and Omega Laser therapy clinics with Sammy Finnemore from Hazelcroft Veterinary Physiotherapy.  Clinics will be held in the practice every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm.

Physiotherapy can help to reduce pain, rebuild muscle, and rehabilitate following injury or surgery; as well as greatly improve mobility, quality of life, and even enhance performance in competitive animals.  Using a combination of manual therapies, electrical therapies (such as the Omega Laser), and remedial exercises, Sammy will deliver a bespoke package of treatments tailored to your pet's specific needs.

Most pets live around poisonous plants all their lives and instinctively know not to eat them.  However, inquisitive puppies might be at risk from common Spring bloomers such as Azaleas, Daffodils and Rhododendrons.  The clinical signs that your dog might have ingested something poisonous could be nausea, vomiting, depression, difficulty breathing and eventually, a coma.  Many plants can be fatal to your pets if eaten in large enough quantities so it is worth doing your research before you stock your garden.  

It's a well known fact that lilies are toxic to cats, simply brushing against the pollen and licking it off their coat can be lethal.  We would recommend that cat owners avoid having lily plants or cut flowers anywhere in their homes or gardens.  Initial symptoms indicating poisoning would be depression, lack of appetite and possibly vomiting.  The symptoms will progress quickly with your cat becoming dehydrated, suffering from diarrhoea, difficulty breathing and bad breath. 

Our Puppy & Kitten Clubs have been specially designed to give your pet the best start in life by providing all the preventative healthcare they need for their first six months from worming and flea treatments, to important vaccinations and a vet check.

Both the Puppy & Kitten Club cover all of your pet's preventative healthcare for the first six months of their lives.  After that time we advise you move on to one of our Adult Pet Club packages.  These are designed to provide the same cover throughout their adult lives with the same great cost savings.  There are two different options for both dogs and cats, depending on lifestyle and level of cover required.  More information can be found by visiting the 'Pet Club Packages' section on the website.

If you convert your pet's Puppy or Kitten Club membership to one of our Adult Pet Clubs within one month of it expiring we will waive the joining fee for the monthly payment option.

Recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) research has highlighted that a high proportion of pet rabbits are suffering from preventable health issues like obesity, gut problems and dental disease.  The cause of which can almost always be linked to a poor diet.

Rabbits need a fibre-based diet packed with clean hay, grass and leafy greens such as broccoli, cabbage and kale.  Grazing on hay and grass all day ensures a healthy gut and keeps their teeth to the correct shape and length (rabbit's teeth never stop growing so need to be constantly working to grind them down).  

Fleas are the most common external parasites seen on dogs and cats, and a very common cause of skin disease.  It's a familiar misconception that fleas are a sign of neglect or poor hygiene; any pet can get fleas if they are not treated with flea prevention products.  Adult fleas live in your pet's coat, feeding on their blood, but they lay their eggs in the environment i.e. your pet's bedding.  You may see live fleas (small brown insects) in your pet's fur or flea dirt - a fine toothed comb will help you check for this.