We are proud to be an accredited dog-friendly clinic, assessed by Dogs Trust and the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA), as a guarantee of our commitment to our canine patients. We have taken steps to train our staff on canine behaviour and handling to aid in reducing stress within our veterinary clinic to directly improve the welfare of our patients.
As a dog-friendly clinic, our facilities include:
- A dog waiting area, with visual barrier, treats and bedding.
- Canine pheromonal diffusers in all clinical areas for calming and reassurance.
- Calming music in clinical areas which has been proven to aid relaxation in the clinic.
- A variety of diagnostic services across a range of specialist disciplines, provided with low-stress handling.
- Dog-specific kennels with soft bedding and orthopaedic padding. Privacy provided by covering half of the kennel, with raised bowls, toys and other enrichment tools also available.
- Dog park stations for patients that don’t tolerate kennels.
- Overnight hospitalisation at Village Vet Hampstead, another dog-friendly accredited clinic, with designated time for rest.
We have a dog advocate within our team, Jessica Atkins RVN, who is happy to assist with any questions or concerns.
“I am really pleased that we have been recognised by Dogs Trust as a dog-friendly practice. I have drawn on my knowledge from my behaviour qualifications to ensure that we are able to offer the lowest-stress hospital visits possible for our canine patients. This scheme by Dogs Trust has provided us with a framework to be able to ensure our team are trained to understand dog behaviour, that we can cater to their species-specific needs and create an environment that benefits the patients, their carers and our team.”
-Jessica Atkins RVN, Multi-Disciplinary Veterinary Nurse/ Business Relations Manager and LVS Dog Advocate
London Vet Specialists look forward to building on this accreditation by upholding the dog-friendly values upon our move to a new state-of-the-art hospital in Hammersmith next year, with dog-specific waiting area, consult rooms, wards and exercise area.