We opened the practice for all our visitors to take a good look behind the scenes and the facilities we have, from our wardsand theatres to diagnostic imaging rooms and laboratory.

The rooms were set up in themes from diets and flea treatment advice to physiotherapy and mock-surgical demonstrations.   The weather was very kind to us and all the visitors enjoyed the outside events, including a bouncy castle and ice-cream van!

Many of the 50 members of staff took part in the events, along with a number of staff dogs!   Vets David Garrett, Robin Creighton, Stefaan Van Poucke and Lindsey Nice all joined Head Nurse Gary Rutland, Practice Manager Carol Hudson and the nurses, receptionists and office staff for the day.

The much coveted Braintree's Got Talent Guinea Pig Show was also a success.   Over 30 Guinea Pigs entered the various classes and were judged by Registered Veterinary Nurses Hannah Bourn and Lindsey Raven.   All our winners received a jubilee rosette and prize card, to continue the Queen's Jubilee celebrations!

We raised over £425 for the Retired Greyhound Trust, from a combination of competitions, selling home made cakes and a large prize draw!   The Build-a-Bear Snoopy with his limited edition Millennium Veterinary Practice surgical suit was a huge hit.

We would like to thank the following companies and charities for their support on the day:

  • Merial - flea and tick demonstrations and advice
  • Royal Canin - competition and food advice
  • Hills Pet Nutrition - food advice and freebees
  • Cats Protection, Chelmsford Branch
  • North Essex Badger Group
  • Blackberry Patch Small Animal Rescue
  • Johnny Bee the Honey Man
  • Canvus Your Way
  • Sweet-Alice Crafts
  • The Cat Pottery Moorside Cats, West Burton, Yorkshire
  • Flair Leisure Products Ltd
  • Body Shop, Chelmer Shopping Centre Chelmsford
  • Pets at Home, Braintree Retail Park

We hope all our visitors had as much fun on the day as we did putting it together and meeting you all.