RAW (Rabbit Awareness week)

The Lane Family Pet Centre is happy to announce that during the whole month of June 2016′ we will be offering Free Health Checks and information packs for all new rabbit patients as part of this years RAW campaign (Rabbit Awareness Week)                            

We fully support this campaign, So Please feel free to pop into surgery or contact us to arrange an appointment.rabbitshttp://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk


Mini Vet in Action

Are your pets well looked after at home?

This is one of our lovely clients daughters, they have 2 cats and when one is sick the other has to be looked after by the beautiful trainee Vet Jessica from home.


Jerry certainly is well looked after with trainee vet Jessica  🙂       Jessica our new trainee

Potential danger of using Jerky Treats

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service has recently alerted vets to the potential danger of using Jerky Treats as regular treats in dogs.

In countries like the USA,Canada &Australia the consumption of these Jerky Treats has been associated with a worrying increase in cases of Fanconi Syndrome, a potentially serious kidney disorder. With this disease the kidney tubules do not properly reabsorb electrolytes and nutrients back into the body but instead spill them in the urine. Unfortunately if not treated promptly the condition is often fatal. 

Our concern is that recently a few cases have now also been reported in the UK.

In view of this information it may well be prudent and advisable to avoid these treats in pet dogs until more information about them is available.

We will place more information about this on our website www.vandijckvets.co.uk in 

the near future.

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Microchip Legislation

Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from April 6th 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.

The microchips will be coded with owners’ details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.

What is a microchip??

A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog using a sterile needle
The procedure does not require an anaesthetic and is no more painful than a standard vaccination
The chip is coated in a bio-compatible glass, the same material used in human pacemakers, which is not rejected by the dog’s body
The device fuses to the dog’s bodily tissue, meaning it will not move around

If you are unsure if your dog has been chipped or if your details are up to date please contact the surgery or pop in and we can scan your pet free of charge to check their details.

If you would like to book your pet in for a chip this can be done in any of our surgeries please contact us on 01942 242464

Kind Regards

Luc Van Dijck, DVM, MRCVS

Clinical Director


New Construction Started


Some of our clients who recently visited the surgery, will already have noticed that some demolition/construction work has started on the previous Springfield Street Garage site just across from the surgery.

We are very exited to announce that this is the actual start of a redevelopment and expansion project of our growing Veterinary Centre and business.

The aim is to be able to provide our valued clients and their pets with extra services that will complement the clinical side of the practice.

This project has taken almost 3 years of planning and preparation to reach this stage.

Please rest assured that the existing surgery building will not be affected and will keep functioning as normal. Unfortunately some temporary parking issues can be expected during the main construction period, during skip deliveries, deliveries of materials etc. We and our builder Cre8 Construction ,will however do our up most to minimise any disruption this may cause. Please ask our reception staff for help if you encounter any problems during visits.

We will try and update our clients regularly with the progress of the construction faze and in due course reveal more of our plans. 

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Luc Van Dijck, DVM, MRCVS

Clinical Director


We would like to share the launch of an excitng new pet treat with you that we have decided to start stocking at our surgery.

FROZZY’s are made of frozen yoghurt and are available in 4 lick-able flavours: Blueberry, Cranberry, Original and Strawberry.

All flavours are lactose free, very low calorie and are therefore suitable for all dogs and also cats of all ages and sizes.

The product also contains natural probiotics which can benefit digestive health.

Many of our patients are on strict diets for health or bodyweight issues and it can sometimes be difficult to find healthy, non-fattening, treats for these pets. We think that FROZZY’s could help with this problem.

As it takes a good while to lick a portion, the whole treat experience will last a lot longer compared with a normal treat, biscuit or even chew-stick.

Additionally, some pet owners who at times struggle administering medications may potentially be able to use these FROZZY’s as a healthy “vehicle” to help dose the meds.

Why not try one for your own pet? you really can’t miss the dedicated branded freezer in our waiting room!


Please contact the surgery for more information Tel: 01942 242464 or pop in the surgery today for your pets first portion or tray of FROZZY’s


Alfie’s Story

Sadly we have to announce the passing of our old boy Alfie, our not quite 21 year old surgery tomcat.

Most of our clients would have noticed Alfie, who was black and white, at our surgery during at least one of their visits.

Alfie had been living his “retirement years” at the surgery since his arthritis had made it hard for him to climb the flight of stairs to my apartment and he decided he was more comfortable to stay and sleep at the surgery.

Alfie came to us as a rescue cat in the summer of 1994. He had been found by the local RSPCA inspector with minor injuries from a suspected RTA and was brought into our surgery for treatment.

Luckily he recovered very nicely and I soon got very attached to Alfie while looking after him.

At the time I was a very young assistant vet working for Bill McNish my predecessor.

I soon started smuggling Alfie into my assistant-flat after work and week-ends. Luckily it turned out that Bill had a soft spot for black & white tomcats and it really wasn’t so hard to persuade him to allow me to keep Alfie officially.

Alfie quickly settled into his new environment and was soon regularly spotted all over the neighbourhood and also in the surgery for rest and recuperation. Luckily he also developed a good traffic sense and never tried to cross Wigan Lane. He did however like to occasionally sunbathe in the middle of Springfield Street. Many a time his collar was returned after neighbours found it, usually at the back of the local bowling-green after some nightly escapades.

In later life Alfie (like many older cats) developed hyperthyroidism. Again he bounced back well after surgery and later did well for several years on medication.

But Last Tuesday he suddenly started to look a little confused, disorientated and unhappy. During that next night he deteriorated rapidly. By Wednesday morning he was very distressed and he did not manage to recognize anybody anymore. I suspect he must have suffered a major stroke or brain bleed. In short he really wasn’t “Our Alfie” anymore and I had to reluctantly decide to relieve his suffering.

Alfie now rests in a lovely shaded spot in my (he always seemed to think it was his) garden.

A spot he liked to sit in, while contemplating “his” garden around him.

On behalf of Alfie I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all our dedicated nurses and support staff who all helped to make his retirement years a truly “Golden” period for him.

We shall all miss his company and antics.


Memories Alfie

Welcome Charlie our new Trainee Nursing Assistant

In Oct 2014 we welcomed Charlie our Trainee Nursing Assistant

Charlie has settled in well and has proven to be a great team member

picking up the day to day running of the surgery well,

 assisting in theater, performing laser treatment and much more,

Charlie is working well with the staff and the animals

and we can see he will do well in his studies and training.

Good Luck Charlie

Departure of Sarah

It is with deep regret we have to announce the departure of one of our valued nurses Sarah,

due to medical reasons Sarah had to regrettably leave our practice in September 2014,

We wish her all the best.