We’re pleased to introduce New Priory Vets as one of our Spring fair sponsors. Find out a little more about them…
Please introduce New Priory Vets and a little about you:
New Priory Vets Brighton is an RCVS accredited Hospital based in Patcham. We are a busy practice, combining first opinion work, cardio-respiratory and imaging referrals and a 24 hour emergency service for our own clients as well as for many local practices.
My name is Lynsey and I am Deputy Head Nurse here at New Priory Vets Brighton, where I have worked for the past 14 years. Currently I only work part-time as I am kept very busy at home with two young children, a crazy dog called Mabel, a beautiful cat named Gracie and three chickens; Mother Gothel, Elsa and BB – don’t ask!
What’s the best thing about working as a/ for a vets surgery?
Every day is different and presents new challenges to keep us on our toes. A Veterinary Nurse holds many roles; phlebotomist, anaesthetist, counsellor, receptionist, radiographer and most importantly carer, to name but a few! One of the best feelings in the world is bringing an animal back out to it’s owners after we as a team have worked together to diagnose, treat and care for them, help them feel better and bring them back to their usual selves. Priceless.
Have you got a happy story about an animal recently treated at your surgery?
Simba is a ginger cat who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2014. He was a little portly which was likely a contributing factor to his developing the disease. Simba’s owners worked hard to get the weight off of him, whilst treating his diabetes with twice daily insulin injections and a special low carbohydrate diet. Around 25% of cats go into remission from diabetes and we were delighted when Simba did so a few months after diagnosis. Just over a year on and Simba is still heading towards his target weight and by sticking with his prescription diet is still in remission. We are very proud of Simba and his owners for doing so well!
Simba’s mum says, “I just have to tell you this as I know what he’ll be like when we come in and you don’t get to see the real Simba…..He really is a sweetheart – so affectionate and now is just so agile and full of life. It really is wonderful for us all, after having had such a difficult year with him in the lead up to his diabetes and then getting him treated and into remission. Last month Daryn and I were sat on the sofa in the evening and Simba had the wind up his tail. He did this most incredible ninja like move – jumping about 3 feet from the floor in a curve and landing diagonally on the arm of the sofa. It was so funny! We were in awe! It would have been amazing had it been a kitten but from the once 8.4kgs Simba it was amazing!”
Have you got any local animal campaigns or petitions you’d like to share with us?
Medical detection dogs is a great charity we have supported in the past. Their work in training dogs to help people in all sorts of ways is innovative and impressive.
Not animal related but over the past couple of years we have done a few events to raise money for the Martlets Hospice in Hove, such as a sponsored dog walk across the South Downs. Sadly we lost a couple of colleagues to cancer and they were both so well cared for by the hospice that it is a charity close to our hearts.
You must get some amusing pet names booked in with you – can you share any favourites?
Animals with very human names always make us giggle. Steve, Dave or Pam for example. Naming the stray cats we get in provides a great source of entertainment, they never leave here named as Fluffy or Blackie!
Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
“Love is a four legged word”
How can we find out more about New Priory Vets?
We have a website: http://www.new-priory.com/
And a Facebook page that is updated daily with news, information, competitions and animal orientated fun! https://www.facebook.com/NewPrioryVets/