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Facilities

Your pet will be provided with unrivaled care at our state-of-the-art hospital

“The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has awarded our Hospital with the highest level of accreditation for the past 47 years.”
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As a result, you can expect to find a full range of equipment and facilities here at Golden Valley Vets.

All of our equipment is on site and ready to use at any time of the day or night; ensuring your pet gets the best attention. Even in an emergency situation, there is no waiting around or having to refer cases to a specialist service.

However, the best equipment is useless without the skilled vets to use it and interpret the results. Equally, the best vets cannot excel without access to the equipment and facilities they need.

Golden Valley Vets offer their clients a blend of the two, 24 hours a day, every single day of the year.

This is what we have to offer…

TheatreOur hospital at Nailsea is state-of-the-art in terms of its ergonomic design and functionality. We have made extensive use of glass and stainless steel to create an environment that is easy to keep clean and as a result, is nice to work in. We also hope our hospital provides a pleasant and inviting environment for our patients.

We have unique glass operating theatres which ensure a very high level of sterility, while providing a light and airy environment. All the power and anaesthetic equipment we use in theatre are provided by hydraulic pendants. This allows us to provide these facilities to anywhere in the theatre depending on what we are doing.

The pendants also hold all our monitoring equipment, and the laparoscopic screens that allow us to complete complex orthopaedic and keyhole surgery with the highest degree of safety.

If your pet is staying over for the night, they will quickly settle into our kennels, cattery or small furry wards. We believe it’s important to have separate areas for dogs, cats and rabbits. For example, cats could become distressed being kept next to a barking dog and we do not feel this is fair.

Theatre-1While your pet is staying with us, there is provision for you to bring their own bowls and bedding to help them feel at home, in addition to facilities for increased oxygen therapy and intensive care if needed.

Unlike many other practices, our kennel and cattery areas are not hidden out the back where constant monitoring can be a problem. Our kennels and catteries are situated right in the midst of our working area, so the pet’s that are under our care are constantly being looked after. They are also monitored by CCTV which is fed into the nurses’ cottage at all times.

As companion animals, we also feel that our patients settle more quickly if they can hear us happily going about our business. However, the glass wall allows us to monitor them without being disruptive. Isolation facilities are available in a totally separate location to prevent cross infection when dealing with contagious conditions.

“Our fully equipped on-site laboratory allows all our vets to get instant result from blood and other tests. This is often essential for a diagnosis in an emergency situation, or for pre-operative tests to ensure that anaesthetics can be given safely.”

ops boardWhile some of the more specialist tests often take several days to report results. Our vets can use our facilities to do all of the first level diagnosis that are necessary to get treatment immediately underway.

Some of the equipment that our vets use…

This is just some of the equipment we have – most of it is not very pretty, but it certainly makes a difference to our ability to accurately diagnose and treat your pet – whatever time of day it is.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

screen and equipment for laparoscopic surgeryAs part of our continual investment – in what we consider to be the best developments in veterinary medicine – we can now offer laparoscopic surgery for your pet. One of the main uses for this type of procedure is when spaying a bitch. Our vet will only have to make the smallest of incisions; significantly reducing post-operative discomfort and ensuring a much faster return to their normal ‘bounce’.

However, the same equipment is used in a wide range of diagnostic investigations. It is particularly valuable for suspected liver disease, where a biopsy can be taken quickly and safely.

The process involves inserting a series of small ‘ports’ into the body through which a telescope is attached to a video camera. Other long thin instruments can then be introduced.  This allows surgical procedures to be achieved, without the need for large incisions resulting in less trauma to the internal tissues.

Infra-red laser

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We are very proud to have what we believe to be the only Class IV therapeutic laser in the area. This advanced piece of technology is widely accepted as having some amazing applications in veterinary medicine. We have certainly been impressed with the results we have achieved so far. The laser uses four different frequencies to stimulate energy production deep within the cells of the body. We have found the laser to be a major advance in the care we can offer your pets across a wide range of aliments.

We have had dramatic results treating arthritis, wounds, snake bites, back pain and many other painful or inflammatory conditions. We have successfully used the laser after surgical procedures, especially orthopaedics, to speed up healing and to reduce discomfort, swelling and recovery time. The treatment is very well tolerated by both pets and their owners who also love the use of ‘doggles’ to protect their pet’s eyes.

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Orthopaedic surgical equipment

instrumentsAdvanced orthopaedic surgery is something we have been involved with for many years. The success of this surgery relies on the both the surgeons skill and having the correct tools for the job. We have made a huge investment over the years in a wide range of surgical instruments. So, if your pet breaks a leg or ruptures a ligament, we have internal and external fixators, as well as plates and pins ready to repair the damage. We only use the highest level techniques and AO/ASIF plates and screws; ensuring your pet makes a speedier recovery.

Imaging technology

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The ability to see inside the body without resorting to surgery is a very important diagnostic resource. There are a number of ways of achieving this and we have most of them.

Most people are familiar with an X-ray image, which we use to review internal structures – both bones and soft tissue. It can be useful to ensure that everything is still in its correct place after a road traffic accident, or to identify an enlarged heart or liver for example. It is also extremely useful in the hunt for foreign bodies, and you would be amazed at the variety of things we have had to remove from the inside of pets!

Our fully equipped X-ray suite includes a tilting table which allows us to perform myelography; a contrast technique invaluable when investigating spinal problems. Your pet will benefit from not only a modern, high frequency X-ray generator (with digital processing for general use), but also a specialised X-ray machine for teeth and mouth issues.

Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves to ‘image’ organs of the body, which is particularly useful when we are looking at moving organs such as the heart. It is used to distinguish between different tissues or changes in the structure of organs. It’s also good at finding abnormal fluids in the chest or abdomen, and identifying the boundaries between fluid and soft tissue, such as in the bladder. Our modern ultrasound allows us to see amazing pictures, and we can use colour to identify blood flows, etc.

Endoscopy uses a thin bundle of optical fibres, which when introduced through one of the body’s natural orifices can look deep into a pet’s body. We have used it to examine the depths of the windpipe and to identify and take samples from suspicious areas of the stomach. We have several types of flexible and rigid endoscopes of different lengths to suit a wide variety of situations.

microscopeMore advanced imaging equipment includes CT and MRI scanners. This type of specialist imaging technique, gives us a better understanding of your pet’s body; especially areas which are more difficult to capture with conventional imaging techniques.   

We currently do not have a CT or MRI scanner on site, but we have an established relationship with companies who operate this type of specialist equipment. If your pet requires this type of scan, you will be asked to attend one of their nearby locations to obtain the images we require.

The key to this arrangement is that we can still remain in charge of your pet’s treatment. This is usually a much more cost effective solution than having to refer you and your pet to a specialist referral centre. While this equipment is expensive and can only be used in limited applications, we do not feel it is necessary to install these machines on-site for our current diagnostic requirements. However, this situation is under constant review.

Anaesthetic equipment

anaesthetic machineA major factor in the safe and speedy recovery of any surgical procedure carried out at Golden Valley is the type of anaesthetic we use.

Whilst all anaesthetics carry an element of risk, our priority is to operate on your pet in the way we would treat our own. Unlike many other veterinary practices, we use a human standard anaesthetic called Sevoflurane.

Research shows that this product ensures the greatest degree of safety during the procedure and also the smoothest and quickest recovery available. The use of this anaesthetic gas also allows us to operate safely on older animals or those with concurrent illnesses which might otherwise be compromised by a surgical procedure.

The reason Sevoflurane is not more widely used in veterinary practice is its expense, but we have the best of both worlds: we use Humphrey ADE low flow circuits to ensure the best and safest anaesthetic for your pet without a big impact on your pocket.

All our theatres and preparation areas are provided with piped gases from a centralised oxygen concentration plant, which also allows us to provide oxygen therapy to both the kennels and cattery.

Anaesthetic monitoring equipment

Pulse-OxWe believe providing your pet with the best care requires monitoring their vital signs at all times while under anaesthetic. This is one of the main reasons we do not offer even routine operations at our branch surgeries; we would not be able to control possible interruptions during an operation.

At our Nailsea hospital we have total control of the theatre environment and the level of anaesthetic we offer. All animals under anaesthetic are under the care of a vet but in addition, each pet has a dedicated nurse to provide a continual monitor of their vital signs.

CapnographWe use pulse oximeters to monitor the pet’s heart rate and the oxygen levels in their blood. Additional equipment such as our capnographs (which measure circuit oxygen, carbon dioxide and sevoflurane levels and the pet’s respiratory rate) gives us a complete picture at all times and ensures speedy intervention if any levels change unexpectedly.

This is not possible without a dedicated nurse working alongside the vet at all times.

Electrocardiograph (ECG)

ECGThis equipment allows us to look at the electrical activity of the heart and is useful in diagnosing problems with heart rhythm and rate. The ECG machine is often used in conjunction with ultrasound to give a complete picture of the heart’s activity.

Blood pressure monitor

laparoscopic machineBlood pressure problems tend to be less significant in animals than humans. However, there are times when measuring your pet’s blood pressure can be useful; especially when diagnosing or treating particular conditions such as kidney failure in cats. We have a Doppler ultrasound blood pressure monitor which allows us to obtain the information we need, with the least possible stress to the patient.

Scales

scalesAll of our branches have this essential piece of equipment and all of our clients are encouraged to use them. It’s a great way to monitor their pet’s weight as often as is convenient to them.

Scales are used to assess the amount of pre-anaesthetic medication to give and what size flea treatment is required. But they are also used to monitor your pet’s weight and hopefully ensure it is kept within recommended bands. We believe that correct feeding and maintaining a correct weight is a major factor in giving your pet a long and healthy life.