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

"Holly" - Collie with Fibrosarcoma

"Holly" - Collie with Fibrosarcoma
Nothing in life is ever guaranteed. Consequently, there is a significant responsibility on the shoulders of veterinary surgeons when trying to predict the outcome of a particular disease or treatment for their patients. This is especially true when d...
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"Sonny" - Kitten with Broken Leg

"Sonny" - Kitten with Broken Leg
"Sonny" O Connor, a 9 month old kitten, was referred to me from another veterinary practice. These circumstances usually mean that the patient is in trouble and generally reflects a serious orthopaedic injury. I think that anyone viewing his radiogra...
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"Jimmy" - Young Cat with Bite Wound

"Jimmy" - Young Cat with Bite Wound
There have been few innovations in veterinary medicine in the last few years that are likely to have the practical value of the latest antibiotic for cats and dogs. Pets and owners alike are bound to be breathing a large sigh of relief when they disc...
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"Charlie" - Golden Retriever with Subcutaneous Haemangiosarcoma

"Charlie" - Golden Retriever with Subcutaneous Haemangiosarcoma
Most people will recognise the difficulty we have as veterinary surgeons in diagnosing problems without the patient's direct input! Consequently, we rely heavily on the owners testimony to alert us to a potential disease but also with the use of our ...
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"Harvey" - Cat with Gastric Lymphoma

"Harvey" - Cat with Gastric Lymphoma
Once a diagnosis of a particular cancer is made the treatment options can then be discussed. Most readers will be aware that there is a very wide spectrum of options available for our patients including, under the right circumstances, euthanasia. Wha...
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"Marley" - Cavalier KC swallowed a tack

"Marley" - Cavalier KC swallowed a tack
It is sometimes hard to understand what motivates dogs to devour some of the things that end up in their gastrointestinal tract. It is even harder to explain, when what they have consumed is potentially life threatening but that is exactly what "Marl...
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"Tom" - Young Cat with Damaged Tail

"Tom" - Young Cat with Damaged Tail
I am sure that most readers of this article will have, at one time or another, stubbed their toe! You will no doubt remember then the excruciating pain that ensued and the tears that welled up into your eyes. Consider then poor Tom, a young cat less ...
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"Lilly" - Bulldog with Bladder Stone

"Lilly" - Bulldog with Bladder Stone
"Lily" the bulldog, had been treated at another veterinary practice for cystitis. Failure to respond to treatment had resulted in "Lily's" owners seeking another opinion. As is often the case, it isn't usually the fault of the medication. Antibiotics...
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"Fluffie" - Young Cat in Traffic Accident

"Fluffie" - Young Cat in Traffic Accident
The day before I was due to go on holiday, just as I was packing my bags, I received a phone call from the practice asking me to return to the surgical unit to examine a patient. My colleagues were in a quandary! A young feline patient, Fluffie, had ...
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"Tallulah" - Pug x Pekinese - Bilateral Retinal Detachment

"Tallulah" - Pug x Pekinese - Bilateral Retinal Detachment
"Tallulah" is a young Pug x Pekingese who was brought to me one evening soon after her owners had noticed that she had unexpectedly "bumped into" their other dog whilst out exercising. Clearly there appeared to be visual difficulties and I immediatel...
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"Orion" - Diabetic Cat with Broken Leg

"Orion" - Diabetic Cat with Broken Leg
Trying to create an environment in which healing can take place is a concept with which most of this column's readers should be familiar. Whilst this is a fairly simplistic approach it can be very difficult to achieve when other adverse factors can p...
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"Calvin" - Greyhound - Penis Amputation

"Calvin" - Greyhound - Penis Amputation
What would you be prepared to sacrifice if the reward was a cure for your cancer? A very difficult dilemma or a straightforward decision? When it comes to our pets the owners have to make those decisions on their behalf. The principal advantage is th...
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"Henry and Oliver" - Poisoned by OTC Flea Treatment

"Henry and Oliver" - Poisoned by OTC Flea Treatment
"A cat is NOT a small dog" is a phrase that our pharmacologist at University regularly tried to drum into our absorptive brains. Obvious you might think, but until more recent veterinary and medical research has been able to highlight the more subtle...
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"Rosie" - Staffie with Lymphangiectasia

"Rosie" - Staffie with Lymphangiectasia
When my colleague "Will" was presented with "Rosie" by her owners, it didn't take too long to appreciate that her problems were not straightforward. When a previously healthy and robust "Staffie" loses a 1/4 of her bodyweight as a result of diarrhoea...
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"Tilly" - Long Haired Cat Coat Maintenance

"Tilly" - Long Haired Cat Coat Maintenance
Generally speaking, cats provide a much better "investment return" than dogs! They usually cost less to purchase initially, in fact many will be given away free of charge and they usually live considerably longer! Their running costs are also usually...
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"Bud" - Black Labrador - Retired Veteran Blood Donor

"Bud" - Black Labrador - Retired Veteran Blood Donor
"Old age comes to us all" is an adage with which many of us (including myself) are all too familiar. Unfortunately, for our pets it can arrive all too quickly. Their lives are a concentrated microcosm of our own in which middle age and senility are u...
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"Oscar" - Ginger Tom with Plasmacytic Gingivitis

"Oscar" - Ginger Tom with Plasmacytic Gingivitis
Gingivitis or gum inflammation is an extremely common finding on examination of most pet's mouths. In those patients where there is a direct association with plaque accumulation a good response can be achieved by reducing the bacterial challenge to t...
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"Bella" - Intersex Lurcher/Whippet Puppy

"Bella" - Intersex Lurcher/Whippet Puppy
Even after 26 years in the job I still occasionally come across a patient or a condition that I have never seen before and leaves me shaking my head in disbelief. My colleague Geraldine examined "Bella" when she came to Fairfeld for her puppy vaccina...
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"Stray Silver Tabby" - Problems for the Entire Tom Cat

"Stray Silver Tabby" - Problems for the Entire Tom Cat
It is relatively common for "stray cats" to be presented at our surgery. Concerned owners will often feed any cats that they consider to be homeless. The handsome silver tabby featured to-day is no exception. Unfortunately, with no microchip to ...
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"Archie" - Cat Shot with Airgun

"Archie" - Cat Shot with Airgun
In the current climate, when the human race seems hell bent on blowing each other from the skies it pays to try and keep some perspective to the dramas that unfold in our daily lives. Nevertheless I always feel a little despondent whenever we come ac...
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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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