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Our Facilities

Polmont vets are an RCVS accredited practice   We are a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Accredited Practice under the Practice Standards Scheme. To achieve this we have to have a very high standard of clinical care, hygiene, health and safety, employment law compliance, clinical protocols and more.

To find out more about it you can look up the RCVS from the links page.
The practice is divided in to separate areas where various procedures are carried out.

Consult Room
where the Vet will initially examine your pet when they are poorly and carry out all routine check-ups including vaccinations.
  Consulting room
Prep Room  
Prep Room


This is where animals are anaesthetised and prepared for surgery. The Vet will ‘scrub up’ here and get ready for theatre. Once ready the animal is wheeled through to the operating theatre.

The prep room is also used for non-sterile procedures such as dentals, ear cleaning, blood sampling etc. This ensures that the operating theatre remains clean.
Operating theatre

It is used for all sterile surgical procedures, for example, abdominal surgery, orthopaedics and such like. Sterile instrument trolley, drapes, gloves and gowns are used as standard for every operation.

A nurse remains with the patient during the whole procedure and monitors the anaesthetic and recovery.

  Operating room
    We have a wall mounted, modern, high frequency X-ray machine that can be pulled out and used as and when necessary. In 2012 we invested in a brand new Digital X-ray Processor.

There are a number of benefits to developing X-rays this way – the time from taking the image to seeing your x-ray is less than a minute which drastically reduces the length of time an animal has to be sedated; also once the image is on the screen we can zoom in and out if there is a particular area of concern; and we can email images to specialists if required who receive them instantly.
      X-ray machine


Recovery Kennels (pictures above)

Recovery Kennels

Now that we have moved to our new building we have the luxury of having separate Dog and Cat Wards. This offers much better accommodation, especially for our feline friends, who like to be kept separate from dogs.

Our patients are kept very comfortable in our kennels using a range of bedding. Our bedding of choice is VetBed as it is soft, warm and keeps patients dry should they have little ‘accidents’ when recovering from surgery.

Each kennel is disinfected between patients

 

Other equipment includes:

Vettest Biochemistry Analyser and Lasercyte Haematology Analyser – for in house laboratory blood tests.

Centrifuge – preparing blood and urine samples for testing.

Microscope – for examining blood smears, to look for parasites, examining ear swabs.

Glucometer – a fast way to measure blood glucose levels, particularly useful for an acute diabetic
patient.

Autoclave – steam steriliser for surgical instruments, drapes and gowns. These items are cleaned and sterilised after each use.

Ultrasound Machine – used for a variety of procedures for example, pregnancy diagnosis, bladder stone detection, tumour detection, checking for abdominal bleeds. The beauty of ultrasound is that patients often don’t need to be sedated which in a very sick animal is very beneficial.

Blood Pressure Monitor – particularly useful in older patients and those with kidney problems, it’s a non-evasive procedure which can tell us a lot about the general health of the patient.

    Laboratory
This is where all in house blood tests, urine tests and cytology take place.

 

 
 

 

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