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

"Frank" - Lionhead Rabbit with Bladder Stone

"Frank" - Lionhead Rabbit with Bladder Stone
"Frank" the Lionhead rabbit was presented at the surgery by his owners because he had suddenly stopped eating. A clinical examination by myself failed to reveal anything too obvious so I asked my colleague Agnieszka for a second opinion. Rabbits are ...
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"Duckling" - and thoughts on Avian Flu

"Duckling" - and thoughts on Avian Flu
It has been said that the best thing about living in Hinckley is that 'It is close to a lot of other places!' Whilst this may be true for many destinations because of it's central location it is also as far away from any coast as practically any othe...
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"Kobi" - Golden Retriever with Carpal Laxity Syndrome

"Kobi" - Golden Retriever with Carpal Laxity Syndrome
Kobi was just over 3 months old when he was presented to me at Fairfield. He had previously been taken to another veterinary practice when his owner became concerned about the way his leg looked peculiar. Kobi had been scheduled for further investiga...
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Henry - Persian Cat with Meibomian Gland Disease

Henry - Persian Cat with Meibomian Gland Disease
My colleagues may be surprised to know that I am quite prepared to admit in print that I don't actually know everything! If there is one thing I have learned over the years is that the more you know the more you realise there is so much more that you...
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"Dexter" - Giant Rabbit for Neutering

"Dexter" - Giant Rabbit for Neutering
We were delighted at the Fairfield Veterinary Centre (not just me as an ardent rabbit lover!) when a Giant Rabbit, weighing 4.5 kg at only 5 months old, was brought to us to be neutered. "Dexter" is extremely well-behaved and his owners have never co...
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"Kes" - Young Kestrel with a Broken Wing

"Kes" - Young Kestrel with a Broken Wing
At this time of the year we receive lots of enquiries regarding what appears to be orphaned or abandoned young birds. In most instances these fledglings are usually not abandoned and "rescuing" them can do more harm than good. Their parents are usual...
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"Mabon" - Springer Spaniel Police Dog

"Mabon" - Springer Spaniel Police Dog
There are only a very few of my patients who actually earn their living and I consider it a great privilege to look after one of those, Police Dog "Mabon". He was rescued by the Leicestershire police force as having the potential to be...
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Jasper - Cat with Fractured Femur

Jasper - Cat with Fractured Femur
Last Spring whilst on a short break to the Isle of Skye and walking close to the Cuillin mountains I attempted to relive my youth by clambering up a rockface. The result of which I fell 20 foot and plunged into the sea Loch below. Fortunately, the on...
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"Rabbits" - Watch yours for Flystrike

"Rabbits" - Watch yours for Flystrike
As a veterinary surgeon I have a privilege that my medical colleagues do not have. In certain situations, in an effort to alleviate suffering, I have a treatment option of euthanasia.This option is not taken lightly but is used to the patient's advan...
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"Red" - Red Squirrel. thoughts on Indigenous Wildlife

"Red" - Red Squirrel. thoughts on Indigenous Wildlife
Whilst playing golf in Scotland earlier in the year I had an unexpected surprise. After hooking my tee shot into the woods on the 7th hole (not unexpected!) I ventured into the undergrowth to search for my ball when I came upon a red squirrel, the fi...
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"Jess" - Cat caught in illegal trap

"Jess" - Cat caught in illegal trap
It is often the case that when a feline patient is presented to our surgery with traumatic injuries that we are required to guess at how these injuries were sustained. Given their often clandestine and nocturnal activities the list of options is usua...
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"Bridget" - Responsible Rabbit Ownership

"Bridget" - Responsible Rabbit Ownership
Bridget, like all other rabbits cannot vomit. Consequently, anything that she eats can only go in one direction. Fortunately, her digestive system is highly efficient and is designed to function on a low quality, high fibre diet consisting mainly of ...
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"Tia" - Minorca Chicken with Prolapsed Cloaca

"Tia" - Minorca Chicken with Prolapsed Cloaca
In August I was presented with a quite unusual patient. Tia, a Minorca chicken, had been brought in by her owners because she was straining, and they were worried she might be egg bound. On examination a large red mass was visible at her backend, ind...
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"Poppy" - Diabetic Dog

"Poppy" - Diabetic Dog
In my experience, most people have heard of Diabetes and understand that somehow sugar is involved but there are actually very few who fully understand this complex disease. Once your pet has been diagnosed with Diabetes mellitus it becomes imperativ...
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A Triad of Triaditis!

A Triad of Triaditis!
In the 15 years since I graduated, there have been many advances in one of the areas I have a particular interest in – feline gastroenterology. New intestinal parasites have been recognised, new diagnostic tests have become available, and conditions ...
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"Barney" - Rabbit with Misaligned Teeth

"Barney" - Rabbit with Misaligned Teeth
Mr and Mrs Stanesby had noticed that Barney's chin had seemed wet. They weren't sure as to the exact cause but perhaps wondered whether he had been too enthusiastic at the water container. Consequently, the fur underneath his chin had become discolou...
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"Iggy" - Iguana with Damaged Tail

"Iggy" - Iguana with Damaged Tail
Despite what a lot of people think we do, our patients recover through an inherent ability of the body to heal itself. We simply help to create an environment in which that healing process can occur. If a patient has lost that ability to heal or reco...
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"Holly" - Dog with High Blood Pressure

"Holly" - Dog with High Blood Pressure
I'm not sure whether it's because I've reached a certain age but I recently received a request from my local health centre inviting me to have my blood pressure measurement taken. Saddened as I was that my physical health was now a matter of governme...
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"Topcat" - Cat finds a new home thanks to the Internet

"Topcat" - Cat finds a new home thanks to the Internet
The world wide web was borne out of a desire to share information quickly and accurately with other scientists around the globe in an effort to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge. This noble concept has been astonishingly successful and whilst...
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"Domino" - Rabbit with Overgrown Incisors

"Domino" - Rabbit with Overgrown Incisors
Domino, a lop-eared rabbit, has visited me quite regularly since Mrs Robson rescued him last year. The reason for that is his overgrown incisors (front teeth). This problem is quite common and is thought to be inherited. Rabbit's teeth continue to gr...
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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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