Sherburn Gala Saturday 19th May – Eversley Park


We return once again with our fun dog show at this years Sherburn Gala.  We will be at our usual location on Eversley park at the far side near the cricket ground.

Last year Champions


Its just a bit of fun and we have goody bags and rosettes for everyone that takes part. It would be great to see you there.

Last years reserve champion





Entry forms will be available on the day or click on the link below and bring it with you.

Entry form and rules Sherburn Gala Fun Dog Show

A trip down memory lane ………

Way way back (in the 1970s!) in a garage on Moss Green Lane, Holmefield Veterinary Clinic was born……………


In those days, the practice was known as Forsyth and Mazonas, after the founding partners Dougie Forsyth and David Mazonas and it provided veterinary care to all species large and small, with particular interests in both pigs and horses.  The care of small animals occupied only a small percentage of the vets’ time and it wasn’t until the 1980’s, when the practice moved to it’s new purpose built premises on the corner of Holmefield Close, that the balance between farm work and small animal work started to shift.

Over the years, advances in veterinary medicine and the increasing specialisation in knowledge and skills, increases in patient numbers (particularly dogs and cats) and an ever expanding need for space, prompted the original practice to divided into 2 practices :-

Holmefield Veterinary Clinic (as we now know it) providing care for small animals

And Holmefield Farm Services who look after farm animals from their base in Murton near York.


Our building was way ahead of it’s time in the 1980s and served us well over the years but as our demand for space grew, it was starting to bulge at the seams (plus was in need of some TLC and a definite face lift) so after what seemed like a lifetime of planning (in reality about 2 years), work began in October 2016 and our fantastic new facilities slowly but surely emerged.

We have settled into our new space so well that it is already hard to remember how things were, far less how we coped, but as they say a few pictures tell a thousand words, so here are a few before and after shots!



Where is all started

The second floor goes on the extention.

The roof goes on the extension

The cladding gives the old building a facelift.

















Its hard to believe how much our reception has changed!

In the 2000’s

Our new reception desk





New Reception with separate cat waiting area













We have moved the dispensary to join the lab behind the consult rooms.

The old dispensary used to live behind reception

Our new dispensary has moved behind the consult rooms

Our lab back in its old location but with improved surroundings and networking.


















Our amazing new ‘prep room’ is the central hub of our surgical facilities. It is larger and brighter  and offers all the most up to date floor and wall coverings to ensure optimal infection control.

Old prep room

New Prep










We now have two lovely new operating theatres which benefit from a more closely controlled environment, wipe clean wall coverings and brighter lighting.

Theatre before

Our new theatre











Our new Xray and imaging room incorporates a moveable Bucky table to speed up and improve the comfort of our patients during radiography, plus digital developing of xrays.


Like all other areas of the practice, all the services are hidden, so cleanliness and sterility are more easily maintained.

Old Xray Room

New Xray room










Dental room

The old dental room was within a thoroughfare, so lacked peace and quiet and the table was a standard operating table.

We now have the luxury of a ‘tub’ table which allows water to freely drain away during dental procedures, meaning that our patients are more comfortable during the procedure and we can more easily maintain optimal body temperatures during dental procedures carried out under general anaesthesia.

Old Dental room

New Dental room with tub table











Our canine patients benefit from a much lighter and more open ward during their stay.

Old Kennels

New Kennels











We are so proud of the added comforts our new cat ward offers

  • A quiet haven away from the noise and hustle and bustle
  • Cats cannot so each other so feel less threatened and more secure
  • Toughened glass doors to improve infection control
  • Easily accessible from the Prep Room for monitoring and nursing care
  • Piped oxygen  facilities for those cats requiring oxygen therapy
  • Complies with ISFM ‘Cat friendly’ guidelines

    Old Cattery

New Cattery design to meet ISFM ‘Cat friendly’ guidelines









Open Day 24th Feb 2018


As the day dawned with clear skies and sunshine, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our Open Day to celebrate the completion of our Brayton extension and renovations and it just carried on getting better.

Julian Norton, star of the Channel 5 series ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ who kindly did the honours and officially ‘cut the bandage’ and opened the surgery.



We were delighted with how many people turned out to support the event and see for themselves the transformation in our premises and how this will benefit our patients for years to come.

It was great to see so many people on the day

At 12.15 pm our Director Louise Davison welcomed everyone and then handed over to Julian Norton, star of the Channel 5 series ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ who very kindly did the honours and officially ‘cut the bandage’ and opened the surgery. He mentioned the challenges and changes affecting our profession and how he is passionate about the success of Independent veterinary practices in their struggle to succeed alongside the larger corporate players. He felt that for pet owners, “finding a practice that does the right thing and works hard to provide the best care in a sensible way, is the way forward. Getting proper decent care with a vet that you trust and has the best thoughts for your pet at the forefront of their mind is the way to go, and that is what you have got here at this brilliant practice.”


We were extremely grateful to Julian for giving up his time to come along and support us on the day and to spend time talking to our clients, having photos taken with them and signing their copies of his books.



Visitors were then able to work their way through the practice seeing all that our premises have to offer, including the brand new bespoke surgical facilities, laboratory and enhanced dog and cat wards. Displays showed how the changes would benefit patients and clients alike and gave an insight into how the well-oiled wheels of the practice turn on a daily basis. We were delighted that clients ‘felt that the experience had helped to give them a real feel for how well their pets would be looked after and would put their minds at rest, as and when their pets needed to be admitted for treatment.’


The Lucky Winner Joanna Byers with her dogs Max and Lucy.

Questions along the way created fun as everyone tried to make sure they collected all the animal themed stamps as they went and encouraged people to take part in a quiz. All completed forms at the end of the day went into a prize draw for one lucky winner to receive a year’s free membership to our Practice Health Plan, whereby one of their pets would be entitled to their vaccinations, annual requirements for flea and worm control and various other benefits ‘on us’, plus there were lots of runners-up prizes up for grabs, including bottles of wine, fleece body warmers and bags of pet food.

The lucky winner was Joanna Byers, who called back in to the surgery with dogs Max and Lucy to receive her prize.



Our colouring competition went down a treat, with lots of children joining in and we were thrilled with the lovely pictures they created. They decorated the walls of our reception area on the day but then afterwards we had the nigh on impossible task of trying to pick some winners. After much deliberation, Oliver Jones, Charlie Burnell, Holly Kennedy, Isabel Ward, Harrison Deakin and Ruby Miller were victorious and also came in to collect their prizes.

One of our colouring competition winners, Oliver Jones.

Colouring competition












We had lots of other activities on the go too, with visitors trying to match our team members with photos of their pets (which proved quite difficult but thankfully some people had a bit of insider info!) and children getting dressed up in gowns and masks as mini surgeons.

Our Mini Surgeons

Our mini Surgeons











Our very own ‘Mary Berry’ Gwyneth had been beavering away before the day and provided us with an amazing array of home baking, so we all enjoyed her buns, cakes, brownies and rocky road slices and our receptionist Becky created a stunning cake in honour of the event. Our team are well known for enjoying a few sweet treats and if a good day is measured in cake, then this was a very, very good day indeed!

Our amazing cake was made by our very own Receptionist, Becky Jones, who has started her own cake making business. Sweet pea cakery,


Our Open Day really was the ‘icing on the cake’ for us after all the trials and tribulations of our building project and was a fitting celebration of everyone’s’ hard work. It was absolutely our pleasure to welcome so many friends and clients, old and new, into the surgery and we only hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.


Mission accomplished!

After 11 months of upheaval, working from temporary locations and portakabins and watching our building gradually evolve, it has emerged like a beautiful butterfly. In addition to the huge improvements already offered by Phase 1, we are now enjoying the space and enhanced facilities it offers in its’ entirety.

The tired external appearance of the original building has been given a facelift with a new roof and cladding and as well as this being a visual improvement, it has increased the thermal efficiency of the building too.

Our new waiting room is considerably more airy and spacious, so offers a more comfortable environment for our clients and patients. We have also factored in the benefits to our feline patients of offering them a separate waiting area to reduce the anxiety of close proximity to dogs, so we are eagerly awaiting the delivery of screening to enable us to provide a separate waiting area for them.  New seating is on its’ way too and all the fixtures and fittings will be moveable, so that the space can be opened up when required to maximise the flexibility of the space and allow us to continue to run our popular and successful ‘puppy parties’ in greater comfort.


We are thrilled with our new reception desk as it makes our reception team very visible and accessible for clients. We are also excited that we now have a separate telephone office, so the majority of our in-coming calls will be handled there, rather than on the reception desk.  This should enable our reception team to give their undivided attention to clients visiting the practice, thus improving our efficiency and your experience of our service.


We now offer a suite of six consulting rooms which will be manned by our vets and nurses, offering more availability of appointments throughout the day. All the lower walls are covered with a hygienic and washable surface so we can be confident that our infection control is up to scratch.


Our dispensary now sits alongside our laboratory within the centre of the practice and this area is nurse led. We take our commitment to responsible dispensing seriously, so this enables clinically trained members of the team to ensure correct drug storage, stock rotation and dispensing at all times.

Our laboratory equipment is now safely installed in its’ rightful home after a temporary stay in the Prep Room and we retain the ability to run many samples in house. Having access to blood and urine sample results within a quick turnaround time is immensely valuable for the diagnosis and treatment of all our patients but in emergency situations this is even more critical.

And finally…..the offices! They may seem the least inspiring areas of the practice and even though they may at first glance have no direct clinical input, a massive amount of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the practice, so they are just as important. Our management team are enjoying being ‘back in the building’ again and while we were very grateful for a roof over our heads in the form of our temporary portakabins during the building work, there is nothing to replace being back at the heart of the practice.

We as a team could not be more delighted with our new building and for us, the pain of the project has definitely been worth the gain. We do realise that the disruption has had an impact on clients visiting the practice during the works and we are immensely grateful for your patience. We hope that you agree that the benefits available across the board to our patients, clients and team will stand us in good stead for the future.

Just the new signage to fit and the car park left to re-surface and then we will have a Grand Open Day to show it all off!

Ollie recovers from rare puppy disease

Springer Spaniel puppy Ollie is now ready to face the world after recovering from puppy strangles – a rare disease that affects puppies between three weeks and four months of age.

Ollie showing the signs of Puppy Strangles

Puppy strangles is the result of an immune malfunction and causes extremely nasty skin lesions, usually around the face and he

ad, and also affects a puppy’s lymph nodes.

The cause is unknown, but it is especially problematic in some breeds, including Labrador Retrievers, Springer Spaniels and Dachshunds. Fortunately there is effective treatment, however left untreated it can lead to permanent scarring and even death.

Ollie was only nine-weeks-old and had just had his first vaccination when he was brought to our surgery with runny eyes and blisters in his ears. We gave him antibiotics and antihistamines but during the following days Ollie developed a high temperature, became lethargic and was struggling to walk. Nodules and lesions had also appeared on his face and behind his ears.

When a dog is diagnosed with puppy strangles early treatment is required, so we gave Ollie a course of steroids to reduce inflammation and antibiotics to prevent and treat any secondary bacterial or fungal infections.

His owner, Stuart Morris, said: “Ollie perked up within hours of having his first steroid dose and continued to improve. He continued with his medication for about four weeks and we bathed his blisters and nodules with an antibiotic solution and applied Vaseline and cream.

“I’m pleased to say that his fur has now started to grow back and there doesn’t appear to be any signs of permanent scarring. For the first time he’s also been able to venture outdoors because he’s had his second vaccination, which had been put on hold due to his reduced immunity.”

Skeletal fixator fixes Wesley’s injury

Wesley, a Bedlington Terrier cross Whippet, is now firmly back on all four paws after rupturing his Achilles tendon, resulting in him having to spend six weeks wearing an external skeletal fixator – a metal device which supports damaged bones, joints and tendons during the healing process.

Xray Of External fixator


His owner brought 16-month-old Wesley to our surgery when she noticed that his hind leg had dropped below the hock. A physical examination confirmed the Achilles tendon rupture. The most common reasons for dogs to suffer an Achilles tendon injury is from lacerations, blunt force trauma or severe stretching/pulling.


In Wesley’s case it is believed that his injury was caused by play fighting with other dogs in his family. Signs of injury to the Achilles tendon can vary and include lameness with swelling around the injury, standing with curled toes or walking flat-footed. During a 90 minute operation we repaired Wesley’s tendon by attaching the healthy ends of the tendon back together with sutures.


Vet Leanne Hall said: To prevent the sutures from breaking we fitted Wesley with the external fixator – this consists of multiple fixator pins and fastenings to keep his hock in a rigid position and prevent excessive weight bearing during the healing process.


“He came back to our surgery once a week so that we could look at the stability of the fixator and also check for signs of discharge or infection from the fixator pins. After six weeks the tendon had healed and we were able to remove the fixator.”

Wesley Recovering


Margaret Hartley, Wesley’s owner, said: “It’s incredible how quickly Wesley has bounced back after his operation. He’s running around and jumping on and off things just like he did before his operation.”


We have the keys to our new extension!

After 6 months of hard work, our building team have completed our long awaited extension and we couldn’t be more delighted. We have moved lock, stock and barrel into the extension to vacate our original building, so that the builders can now concentrate their efforts on a full renovation programme there, which will begin with replacing the roof.

We are very conscious that this next phase of our improvements will regrettably result in some inconvenience for you as clients but we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and remain committed to delivering our usual high standards of service. Once our building project is completed (anticipated for October) the ‘new look’ surgery will bring all manner of benefits for our patients and we are confident that the short term ‘pain’ will be more than out-weighed by the long term gain.

Our reception and consulting rooms have taken up temporary residence in what will eventually be staff accommodation but our team will be on hand to direct you to the new facilities when you arrive.

We are currently using the staff room upstairs as a temporary waiting room.

We have a wonderful new Prep Room, which is really the central hub of our surgical facilities, with all other clinical rooms leading from this area. It is large, bright and airy, offering an ideal working environment for our team and is spacious enough to allow for blood sampling, induction of anaesthesia, preparation for surgery, bandage changes and so much more. As with all other clinical rooms, the walls are lined with a super hygienic and washable surface which will enable us to maintain better infection control.

Prep room

We are now lucky enough to have 2 dedicated operating theatres, both of which have the luxury of a ‘pass through’ window, so that once surgery is underway, equipment and materials can be passed into theatre without the need for opening doors. This reduces airflow and temperature changes within theatre, thus enhancing sterility and the surgical environment within. Through careful control of air pressures between our theatres and prep room, air flow into theatre is prevented so as to minimize the chance of hair or any airbourne agents entering the controlled clean environment.


Our new imaging room is home to our x-ray and ultrasound equipment.

We have invested in a new Bucky table, which has a floating top that allows us to easily move patients for optimal x-ray positioning. In addition the x-ray plate is housed under the table rather than needing to be positioned directly beneath the patient, thus improving the comfort of our patients during the procedure.

All our x-rays are then digitally processed and viewed electronically, so we can highlight areas of interest in greater detail. The x-ray processor talks to our practice management software so we can also attach each image electronically to individual patient records meaning they are easy to recall during future examinations.

Both x-ray and ultrasound are invaluable diagnostic tools and while they have differing benefits, some patients require both techniques to enable us to reach a diagnosis or formulate an effective treatment plan. Therefore, having everything in the one room improves efficiency and reduces the need for moving patients during procedures.

Our full range of in-house laboratory equipment has taken up temporary residence in the prep room, awaiting relocation back into our renovated laboratory at the end of the building project. This equipment allows us to analyse blood and urine samples from our patients straight away, rather than sending them to remote labs thus reducing turn-around times for reaching a diagnosis.

We do however still need to send some samples to a local laboratory – for example, swabs requiring bacterial culture and testing to establish effective antibiotics and lumps that have been removed and need histological assessment, as these are specialist techniques that are beyond our expertise.

We have a spacious, bright and airy new dog ward with kennels of varying sizes to accommodate all shapes and breeds, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. This is situated directly off our Prep Room so is easily accessible and visible, thus ensuring our nursing team are always on hand to monitor patient progress.

We have the facility to provide oxygen therapy if necessary within the kennel environment and whilst the demand for this is not routine, it is available for emergency and critical care purposes.

We are eagerly awaiting a comparable new cat ward, coming soon in the next phase of our renovation.

We also have a small isolation facility to enable us to treat patients with suspected or known infectious diseases. When barrier nursing is required, this unit can be viewed through an internal window from our Prep Room, so patients can be visually assessed on a frequent basis without the need for our nurses to always access the room on every occasion. This is immensely helpful not only for the patients concerned but also to reduce the risk of infection transfer throughout the rest of the surgery.


And then there is ‘Mission Control’!

Plant room

We all tend to take it for granted that there will be hot water in the taps when we want it and radiators will spring into life when it is cold outside. In fact, maintaining a suitable environment is not only critical for our patients both during surgery and times of illness but also to ensure a comfortable working environment for our team.  Our new central heating and water systems are nothing if not impressive, though we cannot claim to begin to understand how it all works. Thankfully we know a man who does!




Rabbit Awareness Week 12th – 18th June

As part of rabbit awareness week we are offering FREE NURSE CONSULTATIONS for you and your rabbit with one of our Veterinary Nurses. The consultation aims to ensure that your Rabbit is getting everything he/she needs to fulfill the five welfare needs.

The clinic will be running;

  • Wednesday 14th June 9.00 – 12.00, Friday 16th June 2.30 – 5.30 and Saturday 17th June 9.00 – 11.00 at the Brayton branch.
  • Thursday 15th June 3.30 – 5.20 at the Sherburn branch.

The consultation will take approximately 20 minutes. During this consultation the nurse will go through your pets’ current diet and lifestyle to see if there are any areas that could be changed to improve your pets’ health. Its also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may need answering about your rabbits health and wellbeing.

During the consultation you will receive a pack containing various leaflets and offers to help you ensure you are able to provide the best care available for your pet.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery.


Selby Fun Day Sunday 18th June 2017

We are hosting a Fun dog show again at this years Selby Fun Day.

We will be on the field behind Sainsburys’ so come and find us and join the fun. All proceeds will be donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Reeva, who is a stunning Italian Mastiff, was not only the winner of the ‘Dog the judge most wanted to take home’ class but was also crowned Show Champion.

This great pet dog showing event is all for fun and encourages all sizes, ages and breeds to come and have a go at winning a rosette!

  • Registration and displays from 12.30pm
  • Judging starts at 2.00pm prompt
  • Gun dog display by John Hanshaw

Enter on the day or fill in the form below and bring it with you.

Entry Form

Building Progress May 2017


The builders are working hard and we have a date to move into the new part of the building of the 19th June.  Whilst this is very exciting , the work continues.  Once we take over the new building we will be giving them all the space we are currently occupying so they can renovate that as well.  So bear with us….

We appreciate your cooperation in this mammoth upheaval and hats off to all the staff at Holmefield that are working exceptionally well in their confined space.

With this in mind we though we should remind everyone why we are doing this.  Whilst it doesn’t look much at the minute we are very excited to get our hands on the finished product.

Under all this protective blue covering is White rock which is a hygienic wipeable wall covering  which covers all our clinical areas and will help us keep infectious agents under control.

The space In the wall is for a pass through – this allows instruments and supplies to be passed through to theatre without compromising sterility so it will help reduce the risk of infections

We have an upstairs. This has no particular benefit apart from helping us meet our Fitbit floor target. However on a serious note, it allows us access to the new staff accommodation upstairs.

Large spacious staff room and kitchen.  This will help our staff relax and recuperate during their breaks so they can provide the best service to you and your pets

Light and spacious vet room to enable the vets to catch up with their admin and speak with clients.



Arguably the most important driver for the extension and renovation was to add overnight facilities for our vets and nurses to enable them to care for any patients that need intensive care through the night.  Here is the start of the bathroom and overnight rooms that will help improve our out of ours provision.  Less and less veterinary practices are providing an out of hours service themselves but we know how important this is to our patients and clients so we are enhancing our offering.

All new cabling .  Our very own spaghetti junction.  This will support our existing  IT system and enhance our telephone system to help provide better call handling.

Upgraded kennel facilities.  This is part of the original building that has been stripped out and refitted.  We have always had the benefit of a separate dog, cat and isolation ward but these are now much improved with the new Whiterock walls for ease of cleaning and they will all now have piped oxygen to assist with any critical cases if needed.

Sherburn Gala 20th May 2017 – Fun Dog Show

Once again we are holding a fun dog show at this years Sherburn Gala.  We will be at our usual location on Eversley park at the far side near the cricket ground.

Its just a bit of fun and we have goody bags and rosettes for everyone that takes part. It would be great to see you there.

Winner Sherburn Gala 2016

Junior Handler

Entry forms will be available on the day or click on the link below and bring it with you.

Sherburn Gala dog show entry form

Manuka honey helped Lil’s ears to heal

When Lil, a 13-month-old British Bulldog, got into a fight with other dogs within her family it resulted in her being brought into our surgery with bites to her neck, legs and ears.

We gave Lil antibiotics and pain relief and arranged for her to come back a few days later for a check up. When she returned to our surgery her earflaps were badly infected, causing areas of skin to die.

Lil, a 13-month-old British Bulldog, got into a fight with other dogs within her family

We administered further antibiotics and pain relief, clipped the hair away from the infected ears and cleaned them with a sterile saline solution and a manuka honey flush.

We then continued to see Lil every other day to clip and pick away the dead tissue on her ears and clean and flush her wounds, whilst applying further manuka honey. Midway through her treatment we also used laser therapy to increase the blood supply to the ears to prevent further tissue breakdown.

Between surgery visits, Lil’s owner, Dave Murphy, did a wonderful job cleaning her wounds with cooled boiled water and applying manuka honey, which we prescribed.

Lil went on to make a full recovery

Dave said: “It was a very distressing time and at one stage I thought I might lose Lil. Holmefield Vets were amazing throughout and did a brilliant job with the care and treatment they provided over such a long period. Although the dead tissue took time to fully fall off Lil’s ears, when it did they healed really quickly. Not having any earflaps has not affected her in any way and she has made a really good recovery.”


CBeebies, My Pet & Me – Would your child (along with their pet) like to feature in the new series with Fearne and Rory?

If you have young children, you are probably familiar with the popular CBeebies series My Pet and Me, where children are encouraged to share the fun and hard work that goes in to responsible pet ownership.

The CBeebies team are soon to be back with a new series with the same presenters, Ferne and Rory, where they will once again want to meet children and their pets but with an exciting new twist – they are interested in pets with a medical issue or condition that is currently being addressed and requires the care of a vet.

They are in the process of casting the series and have contacted Holmefield Vets to see if we know of any young children aged between 4-7 years old who would like to take part along with their pets. The list of example cases is not exhaustive and they are potentially interested in any case but a few handy pointers include :-

Pregnant pets                                   Overweight pets

Elderly pet care – arthritis, hyperthyroid disease, kidney disease, diabetes etc

Skin conditions                                  Exotic animals – and how to care for them properly

Teeth and claws                               Trips for repeat prescription checks or well-being clinics

New pets – coming along to the surgery for the first time for vaccinations, micro-chipping etc

Pets requiring surgery.


We as a practice would love to be involved in the series and if you are interested too, then please follow the link below to the required entry form which you need to complete and return directly to the CBeebies team.  *Closing date for applications is 31st May*


(Plus please let us know if you have submitted an entry so that we can keep in touch with the CBeebies team on your behalf and track your application)


Good luck with your application – we would love nothing more than to see some of our patients and their young owners grab their moment of fame!!

We have a roof!!!!!!

The work is progressing at a pace now, with increasing numbers of tradesmen on site. Roof joists were lifted into position last week thanks to a very ‘substantial crane’ and we now have a fully tiled roof.

Our much awaited new theatre spaces and prep room are really starting to come to life as walls are in place and as much as it is exciting to get a feel of the scale of the facility, appreciating the airy feel that the windows will bring through allowing natural light into these spaces is a delight, as this will improve the working environment for our team.

We are finding being squeezed into a smaller space than usual to allow for renovations of part of the existing building to take place too somewhat taxing,
but are very grateful for the cooperation of our clients and hope that we are managing to minimise the impact on you. Our priority throughout all of this is to maintain our high standards of care for our patients and we can’t wait to be able to improve this even further through the provision of new facilities once the work is complete.

Springer Spaniel’s Life Saved By Blood Donor Dog


When Springer Spaniel Jesse’s life hung in the balance her saviour came in the form of a Labrador owned by a member of staff at the vets who were treating her.


Four-year-old Jesse’s life was ebbing away after the femoral artery in her thigh had burst. She desperately needed surgery but Holmefield Vets couldn’t go ahead until she received a  blood transfusion to replace the large volume of blood that she had lost.


That’s where Ozzy the Labrador, owned by student vet nurse Natalie Langdon, stepped in. Although the emergency happened on a Sunday, Holmefield were able to track down Natalie who brought Ozzy straight in to donate the life-saving blood. It took 10 minutes to get the blood from Ozzy and a further one and a half hours to transfer it to Jesse, who was then strong enough to undergo surgery to tie off the artery.


Jesse’s owner, Annabel Arrand, said that Jesse’s recovery was all the more remarkable because she had faced death more than once. Her problems began a week or so earlier when she went missing from her home at Hall Farm, North Duffield.


“We searched high and low for her without success but then she turned up two days later with her leg badly cut. It looked like she had been caught in a snare. The vets tried to save the leg but because the snare had been so tight it had cut off the blood supply and it had to be amputated,” said Annabel.


“We were hoping that everything would be OK after the amputation but a few days later her artery burst open and there was blood everywhere. We applied pressure to the artery and contacted Holmefield Vets. Because it was a Sunday their Brayton branch would normally have been closed but they opened the branch to perform the surgery.


“It’s a miracle that Jesse is still alive. She could easily have died in the snare trap so we can only presume that whoever laid the trap found her and released her, and then when the artery opened and her condition became critical, Holmefield Vets and Ozzy saved her life. She’s now running around the farm on three legs virtually as fast as our other dogs are on four.”


Vet Leanne Hall said:  “It was vital that Jesse’s blood levels were restored before we operated because there would have been further blood loss during the surgery and as Jesse had already lost so much blood she would not have survived. Ozzy proved to be the perfect donor dog as he sat calmly and patiently whilst we took the blood from him.”


  • Holmefield Vets would like to hear from anyone who would be prepared to register their pet as a blood donor dog. Dogs must be aged between two and eight and weigh more than 25kg. They must not have received a blood transfusion in the past or have been vaccinated within two weeks of giving a blood donation. They also need to be generally healthy and not have travelled outside the UK.


Hive of activity

We now hav e an army of tradesmen on site – from bricklayers to joiners to electricians and plumbers, and it is a hive of activity. The walls for our new extension are well up to second floor height and work has already begun to upgrade the roof -lights and roofing materials to our kennels area.

Internally, everything has been stripped back in the former kennels, xray and dental rooms and a number of walls have been removed, so the new enhanced spaces that will be available to us are starting to become a reality. They may look very bleak and basic at this stage but with a little artistic license, the lovely new facilities can be imagined.

Work begins again after the Christmas break

Since arriving back after the Christmas and New Year break, our building team are making great progress and things are really starting to take shape. The walls for our new extension are springing up and are already nearly up to first floor level, with us already being able to clearly see where our new windows and doors will be situated.


Meanwhile work has also begun in earnest on the internal renovation of our existing building. Our cattery, X-ray and dental facilities have taken up residence in their new (albeit temporary) homes in former offices, so that the builders can begin to remodel and renovate those spaces.  It is strange for us to be denied access to parts of our building on a day to day basis but so exciting to think that when we are next in those areas, the facilities will be all upgraded and enhanced.

Vets Warn Pet Owners About Christmas Dangers

Echo with Helen McHugh, Practice Manager

Meet Echo the Labrador, a dog that likes to have his cake and eat it ­– although in his case it could have killed him.

Last Christmas Echo helped himself to a 3lb Christmas cake complete with raisins, sultanas, currents, cherries, a generous helping of rum and a marzipan and icing topping – all potentially fatal to dogs.

Holmefield Vets are now using Echo’s case as a warning to pet owners to make sure they are aware of a range of potential hazards this Christmas.

Fortunately for Echo, his owner, Gwyneth Stephenson, works at Holmefield Vets and knew the danger that Christmas cake poses to dogs. She took him straight to the practice and they were able to save his life by giving him an injection so that he quickly brought up the hazardous ingredients. Without prompt action his liver could have failed.

And it’s not just Christmas cake that poses hazards to pets, Holmefield Vets have also had cases of dogs being seriously ill after eating chocolate treats, or swallowing Christmas decorations, turkey and chicken bones, and even festive plants.

Louise Davison, Holmefield Vets Director, said: “A number of different hazards for pets all come together at Christmas. For example, chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs. The raisins, currents and sultanas in Christmas cakes, Christmas pudding and mince pies are also dangerous and the risks are even greater if they have been soaked in rum or other alcohol, as was the case with Echo. Even a small amount of alcohol can poison your pet. Turkey and chicken bones can cause a great deal of damage because they can scrape, tear or perforate the gastrointestinal tract.

“Christmas presents, lights, trees and decorations can be very dangerous if chewed or swallowed, and a number of festive plants such as holly, mistletoe and poinsettas are all toxic to dogs and cats. We know it isn’t easy but our advice is to keep all these things well away from your pet.”

Although Echo made a full recovery, Gwyneth, who works in accounts at Holmefield Vets, will always remember the dread she felt after discovering that he had eaten all the Christmas cake.

She said: “I hadn’t taken into account his particularly long back legs when I left the cake at the back of the kitchen worktop. Although it was in a container, he could obviously smell it and he reached up and ate the lot.”

Simba Takes Loss Of Limb In His Stride

If your pet has to have a limb amputated it’s obviously a distressing experience, but be reassured that in most cases pets adapt really well.

Despite losing a limb, Simba still has an active life.

For example, Simba, a seven-year-old cat, has made an excellent recovery since having his leg amputated after suffering a particularly nasty fracture.

His owner, Carma Hearty-Pickup, brought him into our Brayton surgery after he fell off a slippery fence and became wedged between it and a child’s picnic table.

Carma said: “By the time I got to Simba he had managed to pull himself away from the fence but he was unable to put any pressure on his hind leg. After he attempted to take a couple of steps he just fell over so I took him to Holmefield Vets.”

We gave Simba pain relief and x-rayed his leg. This showed that he had suffered a particularly complicated fracture.

Carma added: “Holmefield Vets spent the time to discuss various treatment options and the possible outcomes. This allowed me to make the decision that amputation would be the best approach. Although at the time it was a heart-breaking decision, Holmefield Vets reassured me that pets that lose a limb quickly adapt to their new circumstances and go on to have rewarding and happy lives. Having experienced first hand Simba’s recovery after amputation I can certainly confirm that this is true.

“Simba stayed at Holmefield Vets for two days to recover from his surgery and shortly after coming home he was wandering around the house and even managed to get up the stairs. He’s done exceptionally well and it’s amazing how he has come on in such a short space of time. His wound has healed nicely and he’s now able to venture outdoors and still jumps up onto the garden fence.”


Floors have been laid.

The foundations are now all hidden out of sight, thanks to the floors having been laid. Being able to walk into the middle of what will be our new prep room and surgical suite really gives a feel for how spacious these areas will be.

We expect there to be limited progress outside over the next few weeks as our building team take a well-earned rest over the Christmas period, but we will see in the New Year with the external walls being their first plan of attack.

Meanwhile we will be beavering away vacating offices (which will be moving into the temporary buildings) to allow for relocation of our cattery, kennels and x-ray room into the rooms they vacate. This will allow the builders to gain access to the rear of our current building at the beginning of January to erect scaffolding in readiness for work on the new walls once they reach first floor level.

Microchip reunites injured cat with its owner

Milo the cat has defied all the odds after surviving a horrendous hit and run accident that left him fighting for his life.

Two-year-old Milo was found by a passing motorist who called Holmefield Vets for assistance. Vet Alicia Dixon and the motorist then spent two hours coaxing Milo out of a large prickly bush that he had dragged himself under.


Becky Abell pictured when she first saw Milo after the accident


Once rescued and at our surgery he was found to have suffered a massive head trauma, extensive bruising and several ripped tendons, his eyes were rolling around, he was unable to stand and was struggling to breathe.

Thankfully Milo was fitted with a microchip so we were able to quickly contact his owner, Becky Abell, to break the news.  It was very much touch and go whether Milo would make it so we told Becky to be prepared for the worst.

We X-rayed Milo to confirm that nothing was broken, put him on drip and gave him antibiotics and pain relief.

After two days we agreed that Becky should take Milo home overnight and if he hadn’t improved by the next morning she should bring him back to the surgery to say her goodbyes.
Becky said: “Fortunately there was a slight improvement and this continued over the next days and weeks. Although one side of Milo’s face is now paralysed and he still has other problems, he is a very affectionate and happy cat. Holmefield Vets were absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t have wished for better care”

Milo as he is today

Milo as he is today

“If Milo had not been microchipped the vets would not have been able to contact me and I might never have seen him again. Even if he had not pulled through at least I would have been able to see him and know what had happened, so I’d urge cat owners to get their pets chipped. It’s compulsory for dogs but not for cats,” she added.

Footings & Foundations

Work is progressing nicely with our building project. The footings are in and the foundations to the rear of our existing building have been strengthened to help support the 2nd floor of our extension.

Despite being hindered by rain (and the inevitable mud-bath that ensued) our builders have managed to get new drainage pipes in place and arrangements are underway for the installation of a new drainage pumping system.

The dwarf walls for the block and beam floors are in position and work on the outer walls up to damp course level should be completed next week. It is exciting to already be able to get a bit of an idea of the scale of the new work space we will soon have blog-photo1

Correcting a rare congenital disease for Tilly

holmefieldtillycasestudyposter-2Tilly the kitten is now recovering well after undergoing major surgery to correct a rare congenital disease. She was brought into our Brayton surgery because she was lethargic, unsure on her feet and drooling excessively. She was also very small for her age and had copper coloured eyes, rather than the usual green or yellow eyes seen in cats. These symptoms indicated that she had a Porto-Systemic Shunt – an extra blood vessel in her abdomen was diverting blood around her liver rather than through it. This meant that toxins were not being removed from her body. To confirm a Porto-Systemic Shunt we gave Tilly an ultrasound scan and this showed the extra vessel diverting blood straight back into her main vein and her heart.


Surgery for this condition is normally a specialist procedure and has never been performed at Holmefield Vets before, but with the surgical expertise of ultrasonographer Roger Wilkinson to assist our vet, Leanne, we were able to perform the operation at Holmefield Vets. We placed a constrictor ring around the vein. Over a period of four to five weeks the constrictor gradually closed, completely blocking the blood supply through the vein.holmefieldtillycasestudyposter-pic-1


Tilly’s owner, Dawn Doherty, said: “It was a relief that Tilly’s surgery could take place close to home because it meant that she could be treated sooner and we didn’t have to travel out of the area for the surgery and follow up care. “She’s doing really well and is like a different kitten. She has so much energy, is eating really well and growing rapidly.”



The increased facilities that our expansion will create, combined with the specialist imaging now available and the expertise of Roger Wilkinson and Sue Roberts (cardiologist), means that we will be able to offer more specialist procedures right here in Selby.

Our long awaited expansion and renovation project is underway!

As those of you who have visited the practice over the last few days will have noticed, we have a team of builders on site and a number of temporary buildings have ‘sprung up’ in the side car park. We are so excited that work has finally begun on a significant expansion and renovation project that has been long in the planning and will result in our Brayton surgery providing enhanced premises for the benefit of patients, clients and staff.

Our mission as a practice is to ensure that we provide wrap around care for all aspects of pet health, both preventative and during illness, which we are achieving in principal but are constrained from entirely fulfilling our goal by our premises. This project will provide us with more space to keep abreast of advances in modern veterinary medicine and we will be able to maintain and indeed strengthen our existing 24 hour, 365 days per year emergency service, which we know is highly valued by our clients and is unique to our practice in the Selby area.

Our Brayton surgery was purpose built in the late 70’s/early 80’s and it has stood the test of time and served us well through significant changes and developments in the veterinary care we provide. However it is now time for it to have not only a face lift but also investment in its’ fabric to bring it up to date with modern environmentally efficient building standards and to create a veterinary facility that will function well for the foreseeable future.


The project will see a double storey extension at the rear of the surgery which will deliver a brand new dedicated theatre suite and on-site staff accommodation, so that enhanced in-patient care can be provided by vets and nurses able to stay overnight at the surgery when required. This will then free up space within the existing building to allow for expansion of our laboratory and dispensary facilities, new dog and cat wards, a larger reception area and additional consulting space, thus making more appointments available. We are already welcoming visiting specialists to the surgery on a regular basis, allowing our patients to access more specialist diagnostics and treatments, without the need to travel to referral centres and this is something we are keen to expand upon.

We anticipate the build to take up to 9 months and it would be unrealistic for us to promise that our clients may not experience some inconvenience when visiting the surgery. However we can assure you that considerable thought has gone into measures to minimise disruption, including amendments to our consulting periods to relieve congestion, moving administration out of the main building into temporary office space so that as much active clinical space as possible is retained and maximising the potential of our Sherburn-in-Elmet surgery to spread the load.

Needless to say, our overwhelming drive to see this project through for the good of our patients will mean that their treatment remains the ultimate priority throughout the build and will be unaffected by any of the work.

We are confident that the end result will be well worth all the effort and appreciate your patience over the next few months – we can’t wait to be able to unveil our ‘all new’ surgery in 2017 and hope you agree that the long term benefits will far outweigh any short term inconvenience.

We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page, so please keep in touch with developments as they unfold.




Rabbit Owners Urged To Protect Their Pets Against Deadly New Disease


Holmefield Vets in Selby have become one of the first vets in the area to obtain vaccine for a deadly new rabbit disease that has crossed the English Channel and has killed hundreds of rabbits in the UK.


Symptoms of the new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) include internal and external bleeding, seizures, weight loss, fever and jaundice. 25% of all infected rabbits die from the disease.


Louise Davison, director of Holmefield Vets, said: “Cases of RHDV2 have already been recorded in West Yorkshire but thankfully none have yet been reported in our area. However, the virus is easily spread – for example through insect bites, direct contact with other rabbits, saliva, urine, faeces, clothing and shoes. Our clients have been asking about a vaccine but none is currently available with a UK licence. However, we have secured supplies from France and are now providing vaccinations.”


Earlier this week Kayleigh Richardson’s rabbit, Ziggy, became the first pet to be given the new vaccine by Holmefield Vets.


Kayleigh, who lives in Brayton, said: “Ziggy was the first of my five rabbits to be vaccinated. I’m a volunteer with the Rabbit Welfare Association so I’ve seen a great deal of research material on RHDV2. It’s a deadly disease and I think it’s only a matter of time before it reaches the Selby area so I would urge rabbit owners to get their pets vaccinated.”

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