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

"Falcons" - Export Health Checks on Hand Reared Birds

"Falcons" - Export Health Checks on Hand Reared Birds
Most people will have no doubt heard or read about the current concerns regarding avian influenza. This is a highly infectious disease affecting many species of birds, including commercial, wild and pet birds.It may also affect people and other anima...
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"Tess" - Springer Spaniel with Hip Dyspasia

"Tess" - Springer Spaniel with Hip Dyspasia
Most clients will have heard of the painful disease known as hip dysplasia that is well recognised in certain larger breed dogs such as German Shepherds and Labradors. This often debilitating hereditary disease results in an abnormal development of t...
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"Chukkie" - Cat with Subtotal Colectomy

"Chukkie" - Cat with Subtotal Colectomy
When "Chukkie" overcame a serious spinal injury over a year ago we had hoped that his luck might change. Instead, in recent weeks he began to develop increasingly difficult problems with constipation. As a result of his original injury to his spine a...
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"Thumper" - Rabbit with Myxomatosis

"Thumper" - Rabbit with Myxomatosis
Last autumn Mrs. Barnes came to see me with her rabbit Thumper. She had noticed that Thumper's eyelids were very swollen. On examination Thumper's nose, ears and bottom were swollen as well. These are the classical symptoms of a dreaded rabbit diseas...
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"Pippy" - Parrot with Accelerated Beak Growth

"Pippy" - Parrot with Accelerated Beak Growth
Caged birds are a very underrated pet in my opinion. Whilst their initial cost can vary in price from £15 up to £2000 their daily maintenance requires much less investment both in cost and time. Additionally, they can provide hours of endless enterta...
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"Porcha" - Chihuahua with Grade 4 Luxating Patella

"Porcha" - Chihuahua with Grade 4 Luxating Patella
The domestic dog species shows more size variation than any other land mammal on the planet. This fact is no better illustrated than my recent experience with "Porcha" a 7 year old Chihuahua from Coventry who was presented at Fairfield with a severe ...
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"Jack" - Cat with Polyp in his Ear

"Jack" - Cat with Polyp in his Ear
Jack's owners had never fully realised that gradually he was becoming progressively deaf in his left ear. It was only when he developed a rather nasty purulent discharge from the affected ear that his problem became apparent. After a short course of ...
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"Lucky" - Our first Internet Patient

"Lucky" - Our first Internet Patient
In an effort to keep up with modern life I bought my first computer less than 5 years ago from a company which has since gone into liquidation. Whilst the computer industry has been through some turbulent times over the last few years the internet ap...
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"H" - Young Hedgehog with Amputated Leg

"H" - Young Hedgehog with Amputated Leg
Hedgehogs are one of only a few British animals which truly hibernate over the winter. Unable to sustain their bulk with sufficient insects over the cold winter period they must resort to the dangerous metabolic feat of prolonged periods of unconscio...
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"Fudge" - Chocolate Lab with Cruciate Ligament Rupture

"Fudge" - Chocolate Lab with Cruciate Ligament Rupture
How much pain is considered acceptable? As veterinary surgeons we are taught that with regard to our patients we should "Do them no harm". Yet the very act of any surgery causes some degree of discomfort: if that surgery is perceived to provide an ov...
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"Salt" - Cat with Ruptured Diaphragm

"Salt" - Cat with Ruptured Diaphragm
When "Salt" was brought into the surgery after he had been missing for 5 days I knew fairly early on during the consultation that there was something seriously wrong. I was immediately alerted to that fact when his owner commented that despite being ...
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"Chloe" - Eggbound Cockatiel

"Chloe" - Eggbound Cockatiel
When Mrs Johnson became aware of her pet Cockatiel squatting on the floor of its cage looking very lethargic and subdued she clearly knew that there was a problem. Telephone advice from our practice soon advised her that she should bring "Chloe", the...
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"Jack" - Golden Labrador with Progressive Retinal Atrophy

"Jack" - Golden Labrador with Progressive Retinal Atrophy
It was just as my consultation with "Jack's" owners was coming to an end. We had established through a fine needle biopsy that a lump they had discovered was a benign fatty tumour and not something of any great concern. Then, just as they were walkin...
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"London" - English Setter rescued in Spain

"London" - English Setter rescued in Spain
It is estimated that around 55,000 human deaths occur each year worldwide as a result of rabies. The vast majority (>90%) arise as a result of being bitten by an infected dog and the last recorded human fatality in the UK was in May 2012. The pati...
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"Vimto" - Cat with Airgun Wounds

"Vimto" - Cat with Airgun Wounds
I am glad to say that over the years I have been working as a veterinary surgeon I have rarely come across genuine cases of animal cruelty. Most instances where pets suffer are generally due to ignorance, misguidance and unfortunate circumstances. Th...
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"Hedgehog" - Chorioptes Mites

"Hedgehog" - Chorioptes Mites
It is a fairly frequent occurrence for hedgehogs to be brought into our surgery.Usually they have been found injured or unwell, and are brought in for medical attention. Our head nurse and a number of other clients also keep hedgehogs as pets - usual...
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"Jack" - Dalmation with Mast Cell Tumour

"Jack" - Dalmation with Mast Cell Tumour
A question often posed by my clients at Fairfield is "When will I know it is the right time to have my pet "Put to sleep?" A question which can be very difficult to answer given the vast number of different scenarios affecting both patient and owner....
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"Eppey" - 19yo Cat with Osteomyelitis

"Eppey" - 19yo Cat with Osteomyelitis
"Eppey" is a 19 year old, much loved cat who was presented to me several months ago with what originally seemed to be a very straightforward problem. She had a wound on her face which had a purulent discharge. Antibiotics were prescribed but after an...
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"Jackdaw" - Bitten by Cat

"Jackdaw" - Bitten by Cat
Spring is in the air and that fact has become all the more apparent by the increasing number of fledglings which are being brought to our surgery. In a large number of cases these are young birds which have fallen victim to that remarkably efficient ...
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"George" - English Setter Puppy needs a Healthy Environment

"George" - English Setter Puppy needs a Healthy Environment
I will often try to explain to owners when their pet is unwell that the treatment we provide, whether medical or surgical, is all about trying to create an environment where the patient can heal itself. The concept of altering an unhealthy environmen...
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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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