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

"Martha" - GSD with Gastric Volvulus

"Martha" - GSD with Gastric Volvulus
I was just settling down to watch Arsenal on the television one Saturday lunchtime when my relaxing weekend off was interrupted by my mobile phone. My colleague Aga was in the middle of surgically resolving a twisted stomach in a German Shepherd pati...
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"Malcolm" - Cat with a Problem with Dental Floss

"Malcolm" - Cat with a Problem with Dental Floss
Every day, in pets as well as people, we end up with an invisible thin film on our teeth called plaque. Over 24-48 hours after forming, plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Bacteria and their toxins which attach themselves to the tartar cause inflammat...
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"Charlie" - Doberman with Discoid Lupus Erythematosis

"Charlie" - Doberman with Discoid Lupus Erythematosis
When Charlie's owners came to see me it was always likely he was going to be a difficult case as he had been unsuccessfully treated elsewhere. I was however somewhat taken aback when his owners suggested that the reason why he had such a hideously ul...
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"Harry" - Cat in Road Traffic Accident

"Harry" - Cat in Road Traffic Accident
When we are presented with a difficult case which will require prolonged and expensive treatment a question we are often asked is, "Will it be worth it? "This, as you might imagine, can be an extremely difficult question to answer. The best that we c...
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"Treacle" - Cocker Spaniel with Lung Cancer

"Treacle" - Cocker Spaniel with Lung Cancer
Back in February of this year I drove North to Scotland to be with my mum when she recieved the news from her consultant that she had lung cancer. The consultant was very open and honest about her illness and when my mother asked the question "How lo...
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"Crinkle" - Cat with "Cauliflower Ear"

"Crinkle" - Cat with "Cauliflower Ear"
"Crinkle" was very aptly named. Rescued by her owner from a cat shelter it was clear that her ear had been very badly traumatised. So much so that it was barely recognisable as an ear. When the ear flap (pinna) becomes damaged it will swell with bloo...
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"Ace" - GSD with Masticatory Myositis

"Ace" - GSD with Masticatory Myositis
With the advent of the internet it is not unusual for clients to make a tentative diagnosis of their pet's symptoms. In this instance, the odd appearance of "Ace's" eyes drew the owner, not unreasonably, to assume that his dog was suffering from bact...
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"Ellie" - Cat with Pyometra

"Ellie" - Cat with Pyometra
Sex can seriously damage your health. . . if you are a female cat. An infection of the womb (pyometra) is a life threatening condition and is relatively common in unspayed bitches. In contrast it is relatively rarely seen in the cat. One re...
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"Max" - Boxer with Fibrocartilaginous Embolism

"Max" - Boxer with Fibrocartilaginous Embolism
The term boisterous could well have been coined with "Boxer" dogs in mind and "Max" one of our patients was no exception to that description. It was because his owners were so accustomed to seeing him charge around madly that they became quite shocke...
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"Galore" - Cat with Kidney Failure

"Galore" - Cat with Kidney Failure
Kidney failure is one of the commonest illnesses we see in older cats. In fact it is estimated that approximately 16% of cats over the age of 15 have significant kidney dysfunction. The kidneys perform numerous tasks, the main ones being to excrete w...
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"Jess" - Cat with Feline Influenza

"Jess" - Cat with Feline Influenza
It would appear that the Hinckley human population has been in the grip of an outbreak of influenza B. The most susceptible group are young children and is the reason why many classrooms have been half empty in the run up to the half term break. Abse...
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"Rainy" - Shih Tzu Puppy, Battery Included!

"Rainy" - Shih Tzu Puppy, Battery Included!
There is no doubt that in this advanced technological age our life can be greatly enhanced by a variety of electronic devices. That is of course provided their batteries have been charged! I am not sure as to the exact reason why "Rainy" the Shih Tzu...
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"Lilly" - Pug with Medially Located Patella

"Lilly" - Pug with Medially Located Patella
"If it ain't broke don't fix it", goes the saying. Whilst this motto may well seem self evident it can sometimes require a more complex decision to be made. It is often the case that I am faced with patients who have significant orthopaedic problems....
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"Polly" - Springer Spaniel with Fractured Elbow

"Polly" - Springer Spaniel with Fractured Elbow
For most people and their dogs a walk alongside the Ashby canal constitutes a leisurely stroll as the narrow boats chug by. Not so for "Polly" the springer spaniel. Having forgotten her favourite toy for a moment whilst crossing one of the canal brid...
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"Danny" - Black Labrador Retriever, Grateful for Pet Insurance

"Danny" - Black Labrador Retriever, Grateful for Pet Insurance
At this stage in January most people's New Year resolve will already be foundering. Certainly, "Danny's" ambitions of becoming slimmer still have some way to go before they are fully realised. However, whilst his owners may wrestle with this perennia...
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"Hixxy" – Puppy with Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

"Hixxy" – Puppy with Haemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
As the long nights and cold weather appear to engulf Hinckley in their winter grip it would appear that ill health follows. Just as the "lurgy" has decimated staff members at Fairfield a dramatic rise in cases of haemorrhaegic gastroenteritis appears...
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"Finn" - German Shorthair Pointer with Impacted Anal Glands

"Finn" - German Shorthair Pointer with Impacted Anal Glands
It has always been a problem in my particular profession to convince my patients that I am interested in their well being! Unable to comprehend the benefits of a clinical examination with the tools of my trade, a thermometer and a stethoscope, it is ...
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"Daisy" - Cocker Spaniel eating Mushrooms

"Daisy" - Cocker Spaniel eating Mushrooms
Many people often express surprise when I tell them that our "line of business" does have some seasonal fluctuations. Joint pain from arthritis is clearly more evident in winter whilst pruritus or itchy skins are far more prevalent during the summer ...
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"Rosie" - Springer whose Survival was a Miracle

"Rosie" - Springer whose Survival was a Miracle
The English springer spaniel acquired its name from the process by which it flushes game- they are known to "spring" forward to drive birds away from their hiding places. Even today this breed still honours its name with its bouncy and "springy" char...
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"Bobby" - Miniature Poodle with Testicular Cancer

"Bobby" - Miniature Poodle with Testicular Cancer
When "Bobby" went for his routine "short back and sides!" he got more for his money from the groomer than he bargained for! Whilst attending to his usual bouffant hairstyle "Tina" his regular beautician made her routine inspection of his testicles! A...
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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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