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

"Sambo" - Cat with Broken Leg and Jaw

"Sambo" - Cat with Broken Leg and Jaw
Sadly the "credit crunch" has no effect on the incidence of disease or trauma. Consequently, at Fairfield there is no decrease in the number of patients who require our assistance in restoring them to good health. In these troubled times the disease ...
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"Tex" The Guinea Pig

"Tex" The Guinea Pig
The only lucky thing about "Tex" Barnes of Park View, Sharnford is the fact that he has a very dedicated owner. Having only graced this world for 10 months he has managed to break a hind leg (which healed successfully), succumb to a heavy lice infest...
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"Rosie" - Thoughts on Sprockers and Labradoodles

"Rosie" - Thoughts on Sprockers and Labradoodles
The principal benefit from buying a Pedigree puppy is that you should have a fairly good idea of what it will eventually look like and to a less extent how it should behave. Anyone contemplating spending their money this way should try to do some res...
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"Chukkie" - Longhair Cat with Sacro-coccygeal Luxation

"Chukkie" - Longhair Cat with Sacro-coccygeal Luxation
It was obvious when "Chukkie" was first presented at the Fairfield Veterinary Centre that he had experienced an episode of trauma but it was only a few days later that the full extent of his injuries became clear. Failure of his injured tail to impro...
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"Betty" - Hamster with hair loss.

"Betty" - Hamster with hair loss.
This week I examined a Syrian hamster named Betty. Her hair coat looked ruffled and she had lost hair. She had a little patch of dry scaly skin on her back. There are several diseases that can cause hair loss or baldness.Dermatophytosis or fungal dis...
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"Poppy" - Poodle in Road Traffic Accident

"Poppy" - Poodle in Road Traffic Accident
I have often been rewarded over the years for my magical powers of healing, usually with the " Scottish water of life" for it's own medicinal properties. All too often the healing process for which I have been wrongly associated has largely been the ...
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"Amy" - Longhair Cat with Cutaneous Haemangiosarcoma

"Amy" - Longhair Cat with Cutaneous Haemangiosarcoma
"Amy's" owner had noticed a swelling on her side and understandably was concerned enough to bring her to our practice to see my colleague, Aga. Within a couple of days the mass had been biopsied and a diagnosis of soft tissue sarcoma (a type of malig...
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"Chaplin" - Gerbil with Tumor

"Chaplin" - Gerbil with Tumor
Although pet rodents constitute only a small percentage of pets seen our practice, owners are as dedicated to those pets as are other owners to the more common dogs and cats. Rodents make excellent pets, with low space, feeding and economic requireme...
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"Teal" Springer Spaniel with Arthritis and possible IOHC

"Teal" Springer Spaniel with Arthritis and possible IOHC
It always seems to surprise people how common "arthritis" is in the canine population particularly young dogs. Osteoarthritis is accepted as a "wear and tear" process in humans that culminates in a stiff and painful condition after 50 or possibly 60 ...
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"Bluebird" - British Shorthair with Three Slipped Discs

"Bluebird" - British Shorthair with Three Slipped Discs
With the advent of better and better technology vets and doctors alike are able to more easily diagnose conditions that may have been missed in the past.One of the most useful - but also most expensive - modern diagnostic tools is the MRI (magnetic r...
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"Mandy" - Tortoise with eye injury

"Mandy" - Tortoise with eye injury
When I first started working as a veterinary surgeon at the age of 21, after 5 years at University, I quickly became accustomed to the fact that most of my clients were older than me. I always felt a little reassured that at least I had more experien...
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Tia" - Toy Poodle with Ischaemic Necrosis of the Femoral Head

Tia" - Toy Poodle with Ischaemic Necrosis of the Femoral Head
Many clients are astonished when they realise that their pet has exactly the same disease that occurs in humans. Given that as mammals we are all produced from a very similar "blue print" then it is not that suprising that we share very similar desig...
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"Minty and Rosie" - Kittens get 'Flu Vaccinations

"Minty and Rosie" - Kittens get 'Flu Vaccinations
As the most recent wave of respiratory disease sweeps through the Fairfield Veterinary Centre and leaves my staff "sniffing and snorting" in their handkerchiefs it is worth considering the far more serious condition of "viral influenza" or "flu". Unl...
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"Bud" - Fully Vaccinated Black Labrador

"Bud" - Fully Vaccinated Black Labrador
Everyone is entitled to an opinion...........apparently! Whilst in matters of art and the appreciation of music I entirely agree but when it comes to medical and veterinary matters the weight of an opinion usually matters a great deal. I have been re...
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"Scratch" - Cat with SIRS

"Scratch" - Cat with SIRS
Whenever I have veterinary students seeing practice with me, I remind them never to forget that "Common things are common" when they are trying to make a diagnosis. Recently, however, I was presented with a challenging case that presented in a way th...
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"Lilly" - Labrador with Multicentric Lymphoma

"Lilly" - Labrador with Multicentric Lymphoma
I think it is fair to say that we don't always get what we deserve in life. Some malevolent individuals I have met somehow manage to escape the consequences of their actions, (at present), whilst others who should be rewarded for their decency and st...
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Hand Reared Kittens

Hand Reared Kittens
Back in May 2008 a lady walked into our surgery carrying a bundle of three tiny kittens. She had found them, abandoned on waste ground, whilst walking her dog. They appeared to be around 1 week old, with eyes not yet opened and umbilical cords still ...
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"Ruso" - Greyhound with Fracture of Central Tarsal Bone

"Ruso" - Greyhound with Fracture of Central Tarsal Bone
Greyhounds are the olympic athletes of the canine world. Unlike so many pedigree breeds where the principal selection criteria for breeding has been how a dog may look, greyhounds have been selected on their ability to function. That requirement to p...
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"Charlie" - Cat Attacked by Dogs

"Charlie" - Cat Attacked by Dogs
On a nice Monday morning out, nobody expects to bump into a pair of bad tempered dogs. Neither did Charlie, an 8 year old cat, when he was walking along a street and crossed paths with two unattended big dogs who immediately attacked him. Charlie was...
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"Jack" - Labrador with Paronchyia

"Jack" - Labrador with Paronchyia
"Jack" first came to see us at Fairfield as a second opinion from another practice. The treatment he had been receiving didn't seem to be doing the trick. "Jack" had a badly swollen, inflamed toe with a rather nasty discharge at the base of his claw....
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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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