Helen Booth RVN

16 May 2019

The first introduction we’d like to make in celebration of #whatvnsdo is Helen.  Helen is our most recently qualified RVN and is busy putting into IMG_6321_001practice everything she has learned over the past two years, and starting to develop her consultation skills.  Read her bio HERE


7 May 2019

As part of Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month, we’d like to introduce our RVN’s to you.  As a training practice, we pride ourselves on the standard of training they BVNA Logoreceive.  We wanted to share with you how hard they train, how hard they work and how important their role is here at Rowan Veterinary Centre.  Download our leaflet HERE to find out more about just some of the things they do to ensure that your pet receives the best care.



3 May 2019

Outside of the consulting room, most of the attention and medical care your pet receives is at the hands of a veterinary nurse. It is this we celebrate each May, as Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) gives us an opportunity to talk about their role in caring for your pets. In any given day a vIMG_6313_001eterinary nurse may find themselves taking x-rays, medicating patients, doing consults, maintaining equipment, monitoring anaesthetics, dressing wounds, answering phones, and the list goes on!

The title “Veterinary Nurse” is not yet protected in law (meaning anyone can use it), but it is advised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that it should be taken to mean only Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). RVNs have undertaken a rigorous training programme, sat examinations, and are subject to a Code of Conduct, which includes a disciplinary process if a grievance should arise. They continue to study, and log professional development hours to maintain their Registration throughout their careers. Some RVNs undertake specialist training in a range of topics, especially the care of exotic pets, feline medicine, anaesthesia and dentistry. There are several different routes to becoming a veterinary nurse, and BVNA can provide advice on the career and studying, if you are interested in pursuing this career.

BVNA LogoThe British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) represents RVNs and promotes responsible pet care to the general public through Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM). This is a chance for us to celebrate with our clients and the public, all the great things they do.  Ask about what your RVNs do, and their special interests. You may find they can help you with a pet problem you have been having. Also, RVNs usually have pets themselves, and love to talk about them just as you do!

Did you know we have three RVN’s at Rowan Veterinary Centre, with another due to qualify this year?  They offer a range of complimentary consultations dealing with senior cats, overweight pets, parasite prevention, dental advice, to name just a few.

Stop! Think! Pup!

26 Apr 2019

Thinking of buying a new puppy?  This can be a tricky process and with the potential financial investment owners will have to consider both before and after purchase, there are some keys points to consider when choosing your new pet to ensure that the puppy you buy, is healthy.

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  • ask to see the mum and puppy together.
  • visit your new puppy more than once.
  • get all of your puppy’s paperwork before going home.
  • walk away if you are at all unsure.
  • report suspicious sellers or breeders.
  • take your puppy to your own vet for a full health check as soon as possible.


  • meet anywhere that isn’t the puppy’s home.
  • buy a puppy from anyone who can supply various breeds on demand.
  • buy a puppy that looks too young/small or underweight.
  • feel pressure to buy a puppy.
  • buy a puppy that you suspect has been illegally imported.


Once you have a puppy, why not book in for a complimentary “Cuddle Consultation”.  Your puppy will receive a full health check, 4 weeks free insurance, a free worm treatment and a goodie bag.  We can also talk to you about our popular puppy socialization classes which are a great introduction to training.

Cat Friendly Clinic

24 Apr 2019

Did you know that we are a cat friendly clinic?  Even if you did, do you know what this means for you and your cat when they visit?Cat Friendly Clinic NEW 2018

We recognise that because of their unique nature and needs, taking cats to veterinary clinics can be very stressful, both for cats and owners. The Cat Friendly Clinic programme is designed  to help address these issues by creating more cat friendly veterinary clinics, reducing stress for cats and making veterinary visits easier for cat owners. Reducing stress can also improve diagnosis and treatment, improving cat health.

We have implemented many processes to become a Cat Friendly clinic.  You can visit the International Cat Care site for more information on what a Cat Friendly clinic is HERE.

You can also find out about the care you can expect from a Cat Friendly clinic HERE to help reduce the stress they may feel.

Be Dog Safe!

12 Apr 2019

Dogs communicate mainly through body language, using all parts of their body, including their tails, ears and eyes, to signal how they are feeling.

Understanding your dog’s body language is important, especially for owners with children.  Helping children to learn and respect the family dog and interact with them in an appropriate way helps keep your child safe and your dog happy.Snarling Dog

So what is appropriate and how would you know if your dog was trying to tell you something?

Download our leaflet HERE for information on how you can help your child behave around the family dog.

Did you know that unlike humans, regurgitation or vomiting can be a normal part of your cat or dog’s digestive function!

You’ve probably seen your pet being sick from time to time and there might be a few reasons for that.

There is a difference between regurgitation and vomiting.  Your pet might regurgitate their food  which might look like vomit, but it usually happens when they have eaten too quickly so the food comes up as quickly as it went down.  They may even eat it again before you’ve had chance to get to it before them!!!

Cat open mouthRegurgitation doesn’t normally make your pet feel unwell.  However, frequent regurgitation can indicate a more serious issue.

There are some other signs you can look out for that might suggest your pet is unwell.  These are a bloated stomach, blood in their vomit or if they are vomiting unproductively (appearing to vomit without any stomach contents being produced).

Some more subtle signs are lethargy, not drinking or not being able to keep liquid down.  Just like vulnerable humans; babies and the elderly, puppies, kittens and older pets may deteriorate more quickly as a result of a short period of vomiting so it’s always worth seeking advice.

Lumps & Bumps

4 Apr 2019

A regular reason a pet owner might come to see us is because they have felt a lump on their pet whilst petting or grooming them.

Swellings and lumps can be a real worry.  Owners automatically assume that a swelling is something terrible but more often than not this isn’t the case.

So what are the different types of lumps that your pet could have?Sample Pots


  • Warts – these can be caused by a virus with some needing treatment. Most just appear and disappear on their own.
  • Cysts – these commonly appear between the toes or under sweat glands on the skin.
  • Ticks – these can look like moles or skin tags sometimes .
  • Lipomas – these are harmless fatty lumps that can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Insects – bite or stings.
  • Abscesses – are more common in cats and rabbits and usually present as a hot lump that has puss under the skin or discharge from it.
  • Mast cell tumours – these lumps on the skin are sometimes malignant and need to be removed straight away.
  • Mammary tumours – these are lumps under or close to the nipple area.
  • Testicular tumours – these are lumps on the testicles of uncastrated males and can be benign (harmless) or malignant (cancerous).


If a lump seems painful, has any discharge from it or is affecting your pet’s mobility then seeking veterinary help is a must.  In some cases it can be very difficult to be certain what a lump is without further tests so we may recommend a biopsy so that the lump can be more closely examined under a microscope.

Knowing what you’re dealing with and what the treatment options are (if any) can go a long way to putting your mind at rest, so if you find a lump, come and get it checked.

Vetife is a charity that provides emotional, financial and mental health support to the veterinary community.  Two people who have come up with an idea to help raise funds for this worthy cause, Sarah and Zoe, have been in contact with vet practices across the country, including Rowan, to help them share their crafting kits.  £3 from each sale will be donated to Vetlife, allowing them to continue with the great support they offer.  Socialmediapic_001

Take a look at their brochure HERE or click the link to their website and online shop HERE.  Don’t forget to mention Rowan Vets if you do order.  Happy crafting!

Customer Announcement

26 Mar 2019

Dear valued clients; from the 1st of April the way we run our out of hours service is changing.
We will still be retaining all in-patient care at our Freckleton branch, with the vets and nurses that you know and trust caring for your animals that are staying overnight.
The phones, however, will be diverted through to the Veterinary Health Centre (VHC) after normal surgery hours. The VHC run the Emergency Veterinary Service (EVS) from their surgery in Lytham St Annes. This surgery is equal distance between our Freckleton and Blackpool branches. So if you call us for advice in the middle of the night you will be diverted to a designated emergency vet at the VHC. Our vets will be doing shifts at the VHC, but the nights will be shared with vets from other practices.
Ruth and I have been very proud of the ‘out of hours’ service we have provided all these years. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, we have had to take into consideration a number of factors.
  • First we really want to retain the amazing staff we have employed here at the moment. We are very proud of our team and the expertise we are building within it.
  • Second, the recruitment crisis facing the veterinary industry at this current time makes it even more important that we retain the staff we already have.
  • Third, we believe that the service we provide, both during the day, and at night, will be improved for sharing the load of emergency work with the EVS.
Thank you all for your continued custom and support.
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