51 Leicester Road Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 1LW

Email: enquiries@fairfieldvets.co.uk

Having graduated from the University of Glasgow in the summer of 1985 my first paid employment as a qualified veterinary surgeon was running a one man mixed practice (large and small animals).Inspired by my first successful venture I then took a position in Bury, Lancashire, (home of the black pudding....and very nice it was too!). Here I worked in... a very busy small animal and equine practice. I remained here for three years during which time I learned a great deal and played rugby too for the Bury 1st XV. Throughout this period I also began studying for a postgraduate qualification in orthopaedics (Cert SAO) and was very pleased at the age of 24 to become one of the youngest people ever to attain this award in 1988. More

"Monty" - Springer Spaniel in Road Traffic Accident

"Monty" - Springer Spaniel in Road Traffic Accident
Once in a while a patient comes along with such horrific injuries that I am left shaking my head in disbelief as to how they have survived. Monty, a 2 year old Springer Spaniel, was one such dog who was involved in a road traffic accident. This resul...
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"Murphy" - Labrador with Dermatitis

"Murphy" - Labrador with Dermatitis
As Autumn has tightened its grip on the Hinckley weather the level of rainfall has risen substantially. Consequently the numbers of patients seen at Fairfield with summer allergies plummets. Those afflicted with the intense pruritus/scratching that i...
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Wildlife and Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital

Wildlife and Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital
Here at Fairfield we receive many calls regarding local wildlife, including hedgehogs, rabbits, and even sometimes the odd bird of prey! We can treat sick or injured wildlife here at Fairfield, which we do to ensure animal welfare standards extend to...
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"Millie" - Spaniel with Grass Seed

"Millie" - Spaniel with Grass Seed
Grass seeds are notorious for getting into all sorts of unusual places….and often being challenging to find and remove. In my career as a vet I have seen grass seeds in ears, up noses, in tear ducts and eyes, and also causing abscesses in many differ...
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"Maggie" - Cat, End of a long life

"Maggie" - Cat, End of a long life
Making the decision to end your pets life is a highly emotive dilemma. Knowing that you are alleviating suffering can help to rationalise that choice. However, where pain is not the primary concern and evaluating the "quality of life" of a companion ...
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Hoglets and Bird Watching

Hoglets and Bird Watching
Two young hedgehogs around 10 weeks old were recently brought to Fairfield. They had both been caught up in gardener's netting which had cut through their skin and muscles as they had struggled to break free. Sadly, my head nurse was only able to sav...
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"Maxx" - Jack Russell Cross with Retained Milk Teeth

"Maxx" - Jack Russell Cross with Retained Milk Teeth
Puppies have 28 temporary or milk teeth. These are usually lost between 4 and 6 months of age as they are replaced by the 42 adult or permanent teeth. The roots of the temporary teeth usually resorb as the adult teeth erupt directly underneath. This ...
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"Qato" - Cat with Feline Hyperthyroidism

"Qato" - Cat with Feline Hyperthyroidism
When "Qato" was first presented at Fairfield with the classic symptoms of severe weight loss, despite "eating for England", it didn't take my colleagues too long to determine a definitive diagnosis of feline hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). As a...
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"Hedgehog" - Broken Leg

"Hedgehog" - Broken Leg
I was walking into Hinckley town centre last week intending to watch one of the football internationals at a local hostelry when my phone beeped indicating I had received a message. Such is the situation with modern technology that no matter where yo...
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"Henry" - Retriever with Cruciate Disease

"Henry" - Retriever with Cruciate Disease
The most common cause of hindlimb lameness in the adult canine patient is now attributable to "cruciate" disease. The anterior cruciate ligament provides the knee with stability particularly from twisting. As a result of a genetic predisposition or d...
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"Ginni" - Mature cat with Broken Femur

"Ginni" - Mature cat with Broken Femur
As most of our clients will be all too aware The Fairfield surgical unit has been having a major refurbishment. No doubt many will also be familiar with the concept that whenever you have builders involved they are inevitably "behind schedule and ove...
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"Mork" and "Mindy" - Care Advice for Young Tortoises

"Mork" and "Mindy" - Care Advice for Young Tortoises
Since the introduction of the Animal Welfare Act a few years ago there is an increased burden of reponsibility on owners to provide a legal duty of care for the welfare needs of their pet. It is therefore vital that should someone acquire an animal w...
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"Holly" - Hooked!

"Holly" - Hooked!
When Joan and John Ward took their dog "Holly" to enjoy a lovely stroll around Bosworth Water Park recently they never anticipated the potential hazards. Whilst her owners were distracted by an angler who was reeling in a lively c...
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"Ben" - Bionic Ben

"Ben" - Bionic Ben
Whippets are designed with only one thing in mind. Their sleek build and long limbs ensure that they can travel at speeds most dogs can only dream about. Sadly those aerodynamic features come at a price. For if they encounter an unanticipated obstacl...
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"Tigger" - Cat in Traffic Accident

"Tigger" - Cat in Traffic Accident
Now that Spring has finally sprung and my small pond is filled with frog spawn (almost 4 weeks later than last year) our feline friends are renegotiating their territories. Sadly, youngsters like Tigger,at only 12 months of age, are new to this conce...
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Eggbound Duck

Eggbound Duck
I can imagine that there are quite a few readers who have "had their fill" of eggs over the last couple of weeks but spare a thought for one of our most recent patients. Her owners had become aware that she wasn't quite right. She had appeared uncomf...
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"Mia" - Labrador with Genetic Joint disease

"Mia" - Labrador with Genetic Joint disease
It is an unfortunate consequence of working as a veterinary surgeon that a significant portion of my professional time is spent delivering bad news. It has been postulated by some, that this accounts for my miserable countenance although a "design" f...
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"Hoy" - Broken Leg

"Hoy" - Broken Leg
Pets with broken bones are amongst the most complex and expensive cases which we treat at Fairfield. Despite the variety of injuries that occur, bones tend to break along very similar patterns dependent on their inherent weakspots. The...
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"Chloe" - Blood in the Urine

"Chloe" - Blood in the Urine
I was reading through my list of patients for the day on the computer when I noticed the name of "Chloe". She had been listed by reception staff with "blood in urine". Nice and straightforward I thought to myself, probably a simple case of cystitis. ...
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"Trixie" - Rabbit with Gut Stasis

"Trixie" - Rabbit with Gut Stasis
To treat or not to treat that is the question. Predicting the eventual outcome and forecasting the future is never easy. When faced with a critically ill patient it becomes important to establish the probable outcome to allow the owner to make a deci...
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How to find us

Fairfield Veterinary Centre

51 Leicester Road,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire
LE10 1LW

Tel: 01455 637 642
Fax: 01455 631 898

enquiries@fairfieldvets.co.uk

Emergency Number
0116 255 6360

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