We have a large reception and waiting room area where we stock a range
of lifestyle diets and pet health care products. Our reception is manned
by carefully selected and trained receptionists and veterinary nursing
staff who will be able to arrange appointments for you and your pet
and are also available to answer any queries you may have.
Lanark has three large consulting rooms providing excellent facilities
for the examination of your pets. All rooms are equipped with a computer
so that your pet's case notes are easily accessed as soon as you step
through the door; this also allows us full access to the records of
the other branches
Every room has equipment to allow the full examination of your pet.
An x–ray viewer is provided in every room so that clients can
be shown the results of any radiographic examinations that have been
carried out in our radiology unit.
There are two specially constructed kennelling areas at Lanark
with separate wards for dogs and cats.
All animals are provided with special
comfortable bedding materials, and a wide range of specific diets are
available to suit the individual pet's preference and the requirements
of their illness. These facilities are fully air-conditioned and provided
with piped oxygen for our more severely ill patients.
If your pet is hospitalised
we intend to make their stay as comfortable as we possibly can. We encourage
telephone calls from you to enquire about your pet's progress and as
part of our in-patient care regime will contact you regularly with up-dates
on their condition. In addition visits can be arranged for long–stay
Operation Preparation Room
The 'Prep Room' is where animals are anaesthetised and
prepared for their operations.
Catheters are inserted in all patients
prior to induction, and the operation site shaved of hair. Non–sterile
operations such as dental procedures are also carried out here, along
with ultrasound and fibreoptic examinations (e.g. endoscopy). As with
the operating theatre all the anaesthetic gases are specially piped into
the room, and used gas actively extracted. Thus ensuring a safe working
environment for animals and our staff.
The Lanark practice's surgical facilities include a large theatre
with two operating tables. Equipment for monitoring your pet under sedation
or general anaesthetic in this room includes oesophageal stethoscopes,
ECG and respiratory monitors. Special theatre lighting is also used.
sterile procedures are carried out in this room under a strict regime,
with all staff wearing designated scrub suits and surgical shoes. All
surgeons are fully gloved and gowned for all procedures.
As with the operation
preparation room all the anaesthetic gases are specially piped into the
room, and used gas actively extracted. Thus ensuring a safe working environment
for animals and our staff.
The small animal radiology unit consists of an x-ray machine
with a fixed, high voltage output unit capable of radiographing
patients from hamsters to Great Danes and this is linked to an automatic
processor (for developing the x-ray plates) and a viewing area.
X-ray viewers are also available in the consulting rooms so that
clients can see their pet's x-rays. A larger gantry supported radiology
unit is provided separately for our equine patients.
Many x-rays are carried out in this unit including, for example,
x-rays of fractured limbs, x-rays for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia,
barium meal studies and a whole range of specialised contrast studies.
Our modern well equipped laboratory supports the small animal, farm
and equine departments by providing services in biochemistry, haematology,
cytology and parasitology. The photographs show our laboratory and some
of the equipment used there.
Any tour of our practice must also include a look at all those behind-the-scenes
staff who contribute so much to the smooth running of the services we
We are the only veterinary practice in Scotland providing small
animal nuclear scintigraphy (bone scanning). This is a very advanced technique
for the diagnosis of many medical and orthopaedic problems (including
the capability of assessing the spread of some soft tissue tumours). A
specific licenced isolation kennel is used for animals undergoing this