Superstore vets prove a big hit

Richard Knight - Vet/Partner and Mel Boughton - Veterinary Nurse/Partner with Coco Hands (8)
Richard Knight - Vet/Partner and Mel Boughton - Veterinary Nurse/Partner with Coco Hands (8)

A town pet superstore has introduced a fully equipped veterinary surgery which has attracted more than 1,000 clients in the first two months.

Vets4Pets operates in new, state-of-the-art premises within the Pets At Home store at Banbury Cross Retail Park.

As business partners, veterinary surgeon Richard Knight and qualified veterinary nurse Mel Boughton are delighted with the surgery’s instant success.

The busy pair have moved to Banbury from Companion Care in Stratford upon Avon, opening up Vets4Pets as a new franchise.

“It has been amazing and it just goes to show that Banbury has needed a surgery that is open seven days a week with a full medical and advisory service,” said Mrs Boughton.

Vets4Pets has a fully operational operating theatre, laboratory for blood, urine, skin and tissue testing, digital x-ray centre, hospital and isolation wards and preparation and exmination areas.

Among its early emergencies have been a Staffie pup that had swallowed a corn on the cob whole and a Hungarian Vizla with a life threatening internal infection.

Both were successfully diagnosed and operated on and both have recovered well.

“Our clients bring a wide variety of pets. There are a lot of dogs and cats of course, but we also see birds, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and degus,” said Mrs Boughton.

“We do everything from emergency surgery to vaccinations and neutering, specialist orthopaedic procedures and soft tissue injuries.

“We also do weight clinics, health screening and seniors clinics and we offer free flea and worm checks.”

Vets4Pets is open from 9am-7pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

It also offers an out of hours service.

The veterinary team includes relief surgeon Harriet Stewart and qualified nurse Anna Currell.