Covid-19 Notice

COVID-19 Practice Update

Here at The Lane Family Pet Centre, Luc Van Dijck and all the staff are committed to continue providing the best veterinary care to your pets throughout this difficult and unprecedented time. We have ensured that the practice times have remained the same and we are now able once again to undertake routine medical procedures such as boosters and spays as long as we all follow the guidelines below.

  • Please wait outside or in the car with your pet and phone the practice or ring the bell to alert our team of your arrival.
  • You will be required to wash your hands on entering our premises.
  • We request, that where possible, only one person accompanies their pet to the appointment.
  • Please adhere to the 2 meter distance rule when able, both with other clients and our Staff.
  • When collecting medications, pet food, or repeat prescriptions please wait outside and ring the bell to alert the team of your arrival.
  • If you have been diagnosed with, are showing the symptoms of Covid-19, are self-isolating, have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have travelled from a high-risk country Please do not come into the practice. Call us on 01942242464 and we will do our best to ensure you pet gets the care it needs.
  • We would prefer to avoid cash payments, so please bring your bank card for payment where possible.
  • We will continue to clean to medical grade standard multiple times daily
  • Our team have worked tirelessly to ensure that our plans are up to date and as effective as possible, with this in mind I would like to thank all my staff for their endurance and dedication during this time.

Many of you may have concerns regarding your pets and we would like to reassure you that according to the World Organisation for Animal Health the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission, and, to date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. If evidence of this changes we will be sure to update you as soon as possible via the website and via email.

Finally we would all like to thank you for continuing to support a local business and one of the last independent veterinary practice left in our area.

Thank You and Stay Safe.

Luc Van Dijck

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  🙂


Alfie’s Story

Our Surgery Tomcat

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.


Departure of Sarah

Sarah is leaving the practice

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.