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We are qualified in veterinary medicine. If you have any concerns with your pet then contact us to make an appointment. We also offer nurses consults on preventative healthcare, nutrition and behavioural issues.

Consulting times
9.00am - 10.00am
and 2.00-7.00pm
by appointment

9.00 am - 12.00 noon
by appointment

01623 555460
01623 555865

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Better late than never

Welcome to Thompsons

We are pleased that you have found our website and hope you enjoy looking through the pages. Whether or not you have been to us before or visited our website, we hope to give you some idea of who we are and where we are located. Enjoy the website - the photos, seeing what goes on ‘ behind the scenes’, reading the information/news and we look forward to seeing you soon.

We are based at Etwall House, on Alfreton Road.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All Our Clients and Patients

At this busy time please take extra care that your pets do not get into things they shouldn't - whether food, decorations, plants or other things. We have had about a dozen serious cases over the last couple of weeks, where pets have eaten things they should not, with one being on IV fluids for two weeks! It's also a good idea to set up a quiet den area for animals that stressed at this time. Please order any prescriptions in good time, at least a week prior to the start of the holidays, to ensure there are no gaps in essential medications over the Christmas and New Year holidays. We will be closed but covered by the VetsNow service in Alfreton on Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Days. This service also covers any other times when the Practice is closed ensuring your pets have a local 24/7 service, whatever day of the year it is. When we are closed VetsNow can be reached on 01773 688192.

2017 has been an incredible year. Again we have had some very interesting and challenging cases in dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and wildlife. Many thanks to all our clients for their ongoing support and to everyone who has stopped to help bring in a stray or wild animal they find, we really appreciate your ongoing help. In August, our head nurse, Kerry went on maternity leave and we now all look forward to visits from her and little Sadie, who continues to grow well. Also this summer, Jess passed her registered veterinary nursing exams making her our fourth RVN. We also welcomed Karen, our new part-time Receptionist - increasing our Reception team to four. Earlier in the spring, Anke completed a successful walk across the Grand Canyon, raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society, in memory of her mother. Enormous thanks to friends and clients who gave so generously and who have shared their experiences about caring for a family member with this condition.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy 2018 - when this website will be relaunched!

Senior Cat Clinics

How old is your cat?

Over eight years old or in their teens?

Cats do not seem to get older, they don‘t go grey, they don‘t complain. Unfortunately they are very good at hiding any signs of old age. Of course, old age is not a disease but your body does change. We see lots of osteoarthritis, chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism and cognitive dysfunction. Hopefully your cat does not have any of those diseases. To make sure of that and to recognise signs early we offer a senior cat clinic.

Our nurses can talk to you about lots of things we can do to help your ageing cat. They can take your cat‘s blood pressure. Yes, cats can get high blood pressure too. And we offer a free annual urine test for cats over eight years old.

Have a look at our information on this website - go to 'Services' then 'Catfriendly' practice. Or even better ring us or ask your vet or nurse when you come to the practice.

Puppy & Weight Clinics

Jen, the most recent addition to our nursing team, now runs puppy and weight clinics for pets registered at Thompsons.

Appointments can be made in the usual way via Reception.

Microchipping Pets

Microchips are an effective way of permanently identifying a pet.
A rice grain sized chip is implanted under the skin.

We recommend to microchip cats as well as dogs. In case they get lost or are involved in an accident it helps the local council, RSPCA and vets to reunite you and your pet as quickly as possible. From 6 April 2016 microchipping became compulsory for all dogs. Part of the new legislation means, when purchasing a puppy that animal should be microchipped and recorded on a database that is compliant with the new regulations by the time it is eight weeks old (unless an exemption applies).

A microchip can be implanted during a routine appointment with a vet or veterinary nurse. Please ring Reception for advice or to book an appointment.

Out of Hours Service

If your pet needs to see a vet when we are closed please contact our out-of-hours service VetsNow in Alfreton on 01773 688192.