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Alnorthumbria equine division is launching a new scheme to assist with the costs of caring for your horse, pony or donkey.

 
 
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This winter has been kind to horses so far, but there is likely to be a delay in grass growth in the spring due to the flooding and poaching of pasture, which will take a long time to recover.

 

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Winter coats can hide a whole host of problems and as the weather warms up the prospect of spring is just round the corner. In the Fairmoor equine clinic it’s a busy time as we prepare for events, shows and the usual clinics.

 

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NSA is proud to support British Lamb Week, 1st-7th September

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Initiative will see farmers judged for the quality of their flock management and ability to maximise the flock's potential

 
 
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Hopefully, all you sheep farmers have good numbers of lambs running around enjoying the dry weather. Regularly here in Northumberland lambs look really well in June and then start to slow down in the growth and lose their bloom in July
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As we get older our joints start to creak and we become less supple in our movements.

This applies just as much to our canine and feline companions, and is perhaps becoming more evident because, like us, they are tending to live longer.

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What a beautiful weekend at Belsay Horse Trials! We hope you all enjoyed it and got round in one piece. Kate, Lesley & Amie provided the veterinary care for the event this year. 
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As a forward thinking practice we are always looking for ways to offer more to our clients, part of this includes seminars, practical courses and talks by valued guest speakers.
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The event is specifically planned by the Glendale Agricultural Society to give children of all abilities aged between 5 and 9 years, first-hand experience of rural life. The day is free of charge to schools and any first school from Northumberland and North Tyneside is eligible to apply for places. The event is organised by a very small but enthusiastic committee of volunteers, who are passionate about delivering this excellent event. 

 
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Alnorthumbria Vets Present ‘Nose To Tail’ 

An evening of basic orthopaedics and pawsitive exercise.

With guest speaker Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist Hazel Potter and special guest barker Tilly the Terrier!

This July we have a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more from our veterinary team about joint and muscle problems in dogs and cats, as well as hands on practical knowledge from guest speaker Hazel Potter, our resident physiotherapist. 
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IS YOUR RABBIT A HAPPY BUNNY? Hop-a-long to Your Local Veterinary Practice for Free Rabbit Health Checks Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 2015 begins on 9th May this year and Alnorthumbria Vets will be showing its support by offering free rabbit health checks for the next two weeks!
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Throughout spring and early summer ticks are most active and can carry potentially fatal diseases. Recent research found an alarming lack of awareness amongst dog owners about ticks and Lyme disease.
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There are many perils and dangers associated with working on a farm, and work-related accidents and injuries to farmers and farm workers are still all too common
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A FREE microchipping event in partnership with the Dogs Trust will be taking place at each of our surgeries over the coming months, To find out when, just take a look at the list in this email. An average of one pet goes missing every two minutes of every day, that's a total of nearly 300,000 lost or stolen animals each year across the UK. These stats, coupled with new legislation set to make microchipping of dogs compulsory by April 2016 means that it is now even more important than ever to ensure your pet is microchipped.
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For me, April 5, 2014, was a significant date as this was the day I stepped down as a director of the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Practice.

 
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We have seen an increase in the number of mares being presented for AI recently as owners realise they can get their mare in foal without sending her to stud.

 
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Working with the next generation and supporting local events is something we are very passionate about at Alnorthumbria Vets and we hope to have inspired a few future vets or veterinary nurses.
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There is a famous saying from traditional horse men, women, farmers, and vets which still holds true today, ‘No foot, no horse!’

 
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This might make uncomfortable reading for some, but it is an issue whose profile has been raised by a British Veterinary Association e-petition that has just raised over 100,000 signatures.

 
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Slowly the cycle of work is changing again from cattle pregnancy scaning and Johnes/TB testing to sheep scanning result discussions and itchy sheep investigations.

 
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Most horse owners at this stage in the winter are wondering how they can get through the next two to three months without the husband finding out how much it all costs!

 
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Having realised over the years that the only way to stop working is to go away from the area, I was looking forward to a break with my wife’s family in Bedfordshire but there were still horses, cats and lame dogs to look at whilst there.

 
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Want to be rewarded for recommending us to your friends? Brand new for 2015... the Alnorthumbria Pets Refer a friend scheme...

Just pick up a voucher in any of our surgeries or drop us a message and we can send you a PDF voucher to print at home. 

Ts&Cs apply.

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With Christmas over and New Year on the way, many of us may well be feeling the pinch of those trousers! Over indulgence is common around this time of year, not only for us, but also for our four legged pets – with treats aplenty and lots of left over turkey. However with pet obesity levels increasing across the UK owners are being warned of the many hidden dangers for overweight pets.

 

 

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This month the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group are delighted to announce an award winning performance at this years OvertheCounter Awards. Over the Counter is a national magazine for animal health advisers, and Alnorthumbria were awarded its ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ for its ‘Face of Alnorthumbria Pets’ campaign. The campaign offered pet owners a professional photographic portrait of their pet for a donation of £1, with all proceeds going to local animal charities. The campaign also awarded prizes to the best portraits, as judged by representatives of the local charities, who benefitted in total by over £800.

 
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This month the Alnorthumbria Veterinary group are pleased to announce a place in the shortlist for a top industry award. The 2014 OvertheCounterAwards will showcase individuals and companies from country stores to vet practices, tack rooms to pet stores, all with one theme in common - going the extra mile for their customers. 

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Rabbits are much loved pets which don’t get a lot of coverage in this column; we talk regularly about cats, dogs, farm animals and horses but rarely does the humble rabbit get a mention. But there are now estimated to be 1.7 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK, according to a recent PDSA survey, making it the third most popular pet after dogs and cats.

 
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There are many aspects to the activities of a veterinary practice. It is not all about calving cows, treating lame horses and operating on dogs and cats, though these are of course part of the bread and butter of our work, writes Paul Freeman.

 
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Another summer has flown past and autumn seems to be here, writes Andrew Sawyer.

 

 

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As we head into autumn, eventing, summer shows and rides are slowly drawing to a close, writes Lesley Barwise-Munro.

 

 

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On a walk up the coast yesterday, Mrs Macfarlane remarked that it’s obvious why, if you’ve discovered Northumberland, you would just keep coming back again and again, writes John Macfarlane.

 

 

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This month Alnorthumbria Veterinary group are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new charity campaign. The first of its kind within the practice, the search to find ‘The Face of Alnorthumbria Pets 2015’ will be a North East wide photography competition with all proceeds raised going to several local animal charities.

 
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When the weather heats up so do the problems...

Spring and summer are great times of the year, writes Simon Caple.

 

 

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As the weather warms up, the prospect of summer is just round the corner, writes Edward Chinn.

 

 

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As a vet, when the hard decision needs to be made whether or not to have a pet put to sleep we see a range of human emotion from anger to tears to denial. Owners apologise to us for their reaction often saying “you must get used to putting animals to sleep”.

 
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Spring marks the start for the busiest time of year for the farm vets, and a change to our typical daily routine, writes Andrew Sawyer.

 

 

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As with human medicine, veterinary medicine is increasingly focussed on preventing disease, or at least treating it in the early stages, rather than more expensive treatments when disease is already well advanced. writes Simon Caple.
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Spring time is one of the busiest times of year for the farm vets at Alnorthumbria and now, with calving and lambing in full swing, we have put the routine work such as pregnancy testing and tuberculosis testing to one side in order to concentrate our resources on the emergency work, writes Steve Carragher.

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Dental disease is perhaps the most common affliction vets have to deal with in our small animal patients, writes Paul Freeman.

 

 

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As the new year starts, the equine division of Alnorthumbria Vets takes a look at the year ahead and plans our calendar of events at the clinic, from visiting students, vets and farriers' education and the changes we can make to improve the service to our clients, writes Lesley Barwise Munro.

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This month Alnorthumbria Veterinary group are pleased to announce the addition of two new specialists to the team, Neil Adams an orthopaedic surgeon, and animal physiotherapist Hazel Potter. It is hoped that this will further improve the provision of care given to patients as well as minimising the need to refer patients to out of area specialists. 


 

 


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