We have two veterinary consulting rooms and one nursing consulting room. Both of our veterinary consulting rooms are equipped with an otoscope and opthalmoscope for use during consultations, and provide plenty of space so that our patients have room to explore and not feel confined or anxious.
Our state of the art imaging suite consists of digital x-ray, ultrasound and endoscopy allowing us a comprehensive approach to investigating cases. If needed, we also have the support of visiting specialists in Cardiology and Ultrasonography.
Firstly, our ultrasound machine was replaced with a new advanced machine allowing us to gain better quality pictures.
Secondly, we had a dental x-ray machine fitted into the suite, This new facility will allow us to x-ray your pets mouth prior to any routine dental work and ensure we are extracting all teeth required.
We have two sterile operating theatres. We believe it is important to maintain the highest levels of sterility. Therefore all our surgeons wear sterile gowns, gloves, hats and masks to operate.
We have a large range of surgical instruments with the most recent addition of specialised laparoscopy equipment. As a result, we have the facilities to perform a huge variation of surgical procedures including laparoscopic-guided neutering and minimally invasive procedures. Our largest sterile theatre also has a strong surgical light, this is really important for involved and detailed surgeries.
We have a range of equipment to support monitoring of our patients under anaesthesia. By being able to measure things such as the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood, blood pressure, temperature and a constant ECG trace we are able to closely monitor and respond quickly to any changes.
We have a new anaesthetic monitoring system which now allows us to monitor such things in both of our theatres simultaneously. Suction equipment and diathermy are also used to aid surgical procedures. We work closely with a visiting soft tissue surgery specialist who will come into Hollybank to perform advanced surgeries.
Our dental theatre is used for cat, dog and rabbit dentals and is equipped with everything we need to clean and polish teeth, as well as for extractions if needed. Any ‘dirty’ operations such as ear flushes can also be done here so that we can maintain the highest levels of cleanliness in our theatres.
Our prep room is where our patients are prepared for anaesthesia and allows access to our sterile theatres, dental theatre and imaging suite. We have several areas for anaesthetic equipment and points with piped oxygen.
Recovery after an anaesthetic is an important time. We have an incubator and under-floor heating to keep our patients warm during recovery, as well as access to mobile monitoring equipment (for example pulse oximetry to measure oxygen levels).
We have separate cat and dog wards to make our patients time with us as stress free as possible. We have plenty of comfortable beds and different sized kennels too.
In 2015 we expanded our kennel and cattery space. In dog kennels a second walk in kennel was created to provide more space for our large and giant breed dogs, these also come in handy for longer periods of hospitalisation. In cattery we also have two large new kennels which allows our feline inpatients to have more room and comfort.
Our cats can now also enjoy hiding blocks. It is important for cats to feel safe and secure whilst in with us and for those anxious or nervous cats this allows them a place to hide and sleep-they have been a very popular addition!
Whilst with us our patients sometimes need intravenous fluids (a drip). We have special fluid pumps to aid with accurate control of fluid therapy.
We are able to perform many investigations in our in-house lab – including full biochemistry and haematology blood work, urinalysis and microscope analysis. This means that in an emergency situation we are able to get more information quickly. We can send more extensive blood work, and other investigations by courier to arrive the same day at an external lab.