The Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) is now present in Epsom and the surrounding areas, and during May & June it is a hairy caterpillar that is highly irritant to humans & dogs. If you see a nest like this this on an Oak tree keep well away! You might also see the caterpillar in nose to tail processions on the ground which gives it its name. If you or your dogs comes into contact with the hairs, seek medical advice asap.
Hope you are all keeping well.
You may have noticed a few stories in the news about animals testing positive for COVID 19. I want to reassure you all that to date there has been no confirmation that animals are able to transmit this virus to humans, despite a huge amount of testing. As always we advise you to follow basic hygiene precautions for the health of both you and your pets. For those that want more info, this is information produced by the International Society of Feline Medicine.
Keep safe, keep well and we are here if you need us
As all of you will be aware, the need for social distancing is immensely important, in the hope that we can slow down the spread of Covid 19 to a level where our health services can cope. It is the responsibility of all of us to take this seriously and not contribute to an already overloaded health system. While bearing this in mind, at Ark Vets we also have a responsibility to the health and welfare of our patients and their owners.
On advice from the government we have been instructed to only see animals for urgent or emergency treatment and not to have clients on the premises.
From Wednesday 25th March, we will be available at the surgery from 8am till 1pm. During this time I and my smaller team will be able to answer queries, conduct phone and video consultations, dispense medication and see any animals needing urgent or emergency treatment. Outside these hours the team at North Surrey Veterinary emergencies will see any emergencies that cannot wait until 8am the next day.
If you have a sick animal, please phone the surgery as early in the day as possible (preferably between 8am and 9am), as that will allow us to determine the urgency and decide whether you will need to drop them off with us, or if we can do a video consultation with you.
If you need any repeat medication, please email us or phone between 8am and 1pm. I will be able to review the health records and organise what is needed. Reception will then call you, take payment over the phone and organise a time for you to collect. Our receptionist will then pass the medication out to you. We will be able to post some medications, but please bear in mind that the postal system is likely to be very busy and so we cannot guarantee deliveries Myself and my nurses will still be looking after any animals that need to stay with us at the surgery as long as our own health allows.
Circumstances may well change on a daily basis and we will update this page and send out via email / Facebook. Bear with us if you experience any difficulties getting through on the phone and call back if there are any issues, as we are unsure what volume of calls we are likely to get.
Please keep safe and healthy and try not to worry, we are here to help you and your pets to the best of our abilities.
Congratulations to Holly & Tony on the birth of their daughter Rose on Christmas day! They are all well and at home and we are all looking forward to meeting the new addition.
We would all like to send a big congratulations to Chantel who recently passed her veterinary nursing final exams and has joined the Royal College of Veterinary Nurses as a registered member. Chantel is keen to continue her studies and will be extending her skills into the area of rehabilitation. She can be seen here giving low level laser treatment to one of our patients before his underwater treadmill session. He really likes all the attention he gets when he comes in for his sessions
We are delighted that we have 2 new starters at the Ark. Alex has joined as a receptionist and Hannah is starting as a Trainee Vet Nurse after a few months helping out while she was finishing at NESCOT.
Ark Vets has always been cat friendly, but we are delighted to be officially recognised and accredited with ISFM GOLD Cat Friendly Clinic status.
And here is a photo of the team with the award (and the new pictures on the wall of the consult room)
We have just launch our online 360 degree tour of the surgery! Have a look at all the rooms and equipment in the Surgery Tour – there is a lot more our the surgery than you expect.
A huge congratulations to Roma and Mikey, and welcome to their new addition Giorgio (how cute is he!).