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Core Services

Offering the full selection of routine pet & small animal services
Pet Core Services

A wide range of appointment times are available including weekend and after work availability. To make an appointment please contact your local surgery, book online or request an appointment via PetsApp.

Video & telephone consultations are also available. Please download PetsApp using the relevant link below (from a smartphone or tablet not a desktop). The link will take you to the AppStore for you to download PetsApp. Then install and add your pet's details.

Ripon clients: https://petsapp.com/ml/bishopton-vets-ripon
Thirsk clients: https://petsapp.com/ml/bishopton-veterinary-group-thirsk
Easingwold clients: https://petsapp.com/ml/bishopton-vets-easingwold
Northallerton clients: https://petsapp.com/ml/bishopton-vets-northallerton 
Pateley Bridge clients: https://petsapp.com/ml/bishopton-vets-pateley


We aim to vaccinate animals with the MINIMUM amount needed to provide the MAXIMUM protection. We constantly review all current recommendations to ensure our policies are kept up to date.

Puppy & Kitten Vaccinations

Puppy vaccinations:
8 weeks DHP & L4
12 weeks DHP & L4 & kennel cough
16 weeks Parvo vaccination
* Kennel cough is a non-core optional vaccine

To enable earlier socialisation puppies can have their first vaccination at 8 weeks (DHP & L4), their second DHP vaccine at 10 weeks and their final L4 vaccine at 12 weeks. Puppies can attend our puppy socialisation classes as soon as they have had their second DHP vaccine.

Kitten vaccinations:

The primary course involves 2 injections 3 - 4 weeks apart, from 9 weeks old
Nobivac Tricat +/- (FeLV recommended if cat has outdoor access)

Adult dogs & cats:
Annual booster required for all dogs & cats

If you are a member of our Lifetime Care Club your annual vaccinations and kennel cough vaccinations are included within the plan.

Parasite Control

We recommend worming your dogs and cats four times a year in order to maintain both the health of your pets and the health of the environment. We offer a wide range of products to ensure your pets are free from harmful worms and parasites and can give advice on how to ensure they are not at risk when out in the garden or on walks.

We recommend monthly flea treatments for all pets. If your pet is particularly susceptible to ticks and mites too, we sell combination products to ensure full protection and control. If your pet does get fleas, we have products in our dispensary to treat your home as well. Should your pet come home with a tick, our nurses will remove the parasite and give advice on products that can prevent them being bitten in the future.

If you are a member of our Lifetime Care Club your parasite control is included and delivered direct to your door every 3-months.


Microchipping is compulsory for dogs and from 10th June 2024 new legislation makes it compulsory for cats. Owners who don't get their cat microchipped will be given 21-days to have one implanted and if they don't could face a fine of up to £500. 

Microchips do not store personal information but have a unique code. This code is stored in a database which professionals ring to obtain your details to help reunite missing pets. 

Please remember to keep your microchip details up-to-date. This can be done online via Petlog www.petlog.org.uk/

A microchip is included within our Lifetime Care Club plan.

Pet Passport

If you want to travel abroad with your pets, we can give you advice on what is required and make sure the correct medical procedures are carried out before going away.

For more information please click on the following link https://www.gov.uk/taking-your-pet-abroad

Nurse Clinics

We have a team of experienced and dedicated nurses who can offer a wealth of support for you and your pets.

Our Nurse Clinics offer the following services:

  • Weight clinics
  • Parasite control plans (including administration of flea treatment, wormers and removal of ticks)
  • Administering medication
  • Suture removal
  • Dental checks and dental home care advice
  • Nutritional clinics for all age groups
  • Post-operative checks
  • Microchipping
  • Nail clipping
  • Anal glands expression
  • Specific dental treatments
  • Blood pressure checks (following veterinary referral)
  • Blood sampling
  • Dressing changes
  • Preventative health care clinics - for regular puppy and kitten check ups
  • Adolescent health checks

Contact our nursing team to find out how we can help you and your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life together.

If you are a member of our Lifetime Care Club unlimited nurse clinics are included as part of the plan.

Dental Clinics
Tooth Fairy Thursdays & Fridays are dedicated to dental proceedures. Please contact your local surgery to find out more.
Senior Health Checks

As our pets age they experience aches pains and age-related diseases as we do. Unlike humans however, our pets' life spans are shorter and they can't always tell us what is wrong. On average, a cat is classed as senior at 8 years old and a dog is classed as senior at 7 (although this can be younger depending on the breed).

What are Senior Health Checks?

Senior health checks are a comprehensive medical MOT for your cat or dog that can detect health issues and help to give you peace of mind about your pet’s health and well-being. The appointment will take approximately 45-minutes and will be carried out by one of our Practice Nurses.

Prior to the appointment …

  • We will ask you to complete a comprehensive senior health check questionnaire.
  • A fresh urine sample should be brought to the appointment in a clean, dry container. (Collection pots for dogs and special cat litter are available from Dispensary before your appointment). For advice on collecting urine samples, please contact the surgery.
  • The person bringing your pet to the appointment should be familiar with their health status, habits, and routines.

At the appointment your pet will receive a detailed health examination by one of our Practice Nurses which will include:

  • Physical examination
  • Clinical history
  • Weight / body condition score
  • Blood test
  • Urine testing
  • Blood pressure measurement

We are screening for:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overactive thyroid (cats only)
  • Thyroid disease

Following your appointment...

You will receive your results within 10-days of the screening. If all is well, you will receive a PetsApp message or email from one of the team. If there are any abnormal results, the vet will be in touch to discuss the next steps. This may include a recommendation for a change of diet, medication or further investigations.

Why are Senior Health Checks recommended?

SHC’s are recommended in healthy adult cats and dogs to aid early detection of disease, detecting any changes early means that in many cases we can provide care straight away helping your pet to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Is my pet suitable for a Senior Health Check?

SHC’s are suitable for healthy adult cats and dogs – if your pet is showing any signs or symptoms of disease, or any abnormal behaviour you should have a check-up with a vet first.

Senior Health Check Cost

Our senior health checks cost £100 per senior cat or dog. Once we have the results back if a further vet appointment is required this will be charged at the normal rate.



End of Life Care

Our pets are more than just an animal to us. They are family. When the time comes for them to leave this earth and cross the Rainbow Bridge we will go through many emotions:- denial, anger, confusion, depression and then finally acceptance. Sometimes we have time to prepare, sometimes our beloved pet will make the decision for us. We have put together some information that we hope will be helpful and comforting during a terribly sad time.

When is the right time to let my pet go?

This is one of the hardest decisions for a pet owner to make and a very common question. Every pet’s situation is different which is why it is important to discuss this with your vet before you come to any decisions. Euthanasia may be the kindest option when other methods to alleviate pain or distress are no longer helpful, meaning that your pet can sadly no longer have a comfortable quality of life. It is important that family members are included in the decision wherever possible.

How can I prepare for a euthanasia appointment?

It can be helpful to consider the following:

  • Who wants or needs to be present?
  • Do you have any questions regarding further treatment options?
  • Do you have any special requests regarding location or team members?
  • What is your preference regarding cremation or home burial?

What happens at a Euthanasia appointment?

The vet will typically examine your pet and discuss potential treatment options, to support you in making an informed decision. If you are unsure then the vet may recommend you take time at home with your pet and family to consider the options further. If you decide that euthanasia is the best option based on your pet’s welfare, the vet will need you to sign a form to consent to euthanasia and provide your choice regarding home burial, communal cremation or individual cremation.

The vet will clip a little fur on your pet’s leg and place an intravenous cannula. In some cases, sedation may be required for this to be completed in a calm and stress-free manner.

You will be asked if you would like to be present during euthanasia. While many people find this comforting, others prefer to leave. This is a personal choice. Your pet is treated with the same care and respect by our team whatever decision you make.

The final injection is administered via the intravenous cannula. It is an overdose of an anaesthetic and your pet will drift quickly and painlessly to sleep. Occasionally there can appear to be a series of deep breaths afterwards. These are a natural reflex and your pet will not be aware of these. The vet will advise you of when your pet has passed by checking their heart and reflexes.

What happens if my pet does not like being handled?

It may be helpful to discuss this at the time of booking the appointment, as the vet may be able to provide oral sedatives to be administered in advance. Alternatively, your pet may be given an injectable sedation. In some cases it may be necessary to use a muzzle while administering a sedation to ensure safety.

For some pets and pet owners, stress can be reduced by attending the surgery either at the start or end of the day, or to go to one of our smaller clinics where there are less patients present at one time.

Home Visit

If you would prefer a house visit this is a service that we can usually offer with a vet and a vet nurse by appointment. This may be less stressful for both you and your pet. An ideal area at home would be well-lit, with a nearby electrical socket for clippers and comfortable both for your pet and for you to sit around. It should be noted that after your pet has passed some leakage of bodily fluids is possible.


We can arrange for your pet to be cremated with other animals, or you may request for them to be cremated individually in which cases you may have their ashes returned in a scatter box, casket or urn of your choice.

Home Burial

It is legal for you to bury your pet at home as long as you do not pay an organisation to do it for you and your vet has judged it safe for your pet to be buried at home without causing a risk to you or other animals.

This information sheet from British Veterinary Association provides more information on burying your pet at home https://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/burying_your_pet_at_home.doc

My pet has passed away in their sleep during the night – what do I do?

This is one of the most comforting ways for a pet to cross over the Rainbow Bridge for an owner, but at the time is extremely shocking and raises many questions on what to do next.

  • You may want to cover them up with a blanket to prevent distress to other family members.
  • Call your regular veterinary practice to inform them. It can be a shock to find your pet has passed at home, so if there is someone else to make the phone call this will also help you.
  • If you wish to have your pet cremated using our pet cremation service we will ask you to bring your pet into the surgery.
  • Your pet will feel heavier when lifted and so if you have a large pet it is advised you prepare your vehicle before moving them. Place blankets/bedsheets down to protect your car, open doors or the boot to help with loading. You might need someone to assist.
  • On arrival go to reception and they will call a vet nurse to come and assist you. They will come out to your car and take your pet through the back door for privacy.
  • They will then support you and go through the cremation options. If your pet saw a regular vet they will be informed on your behalf.
  • For details of our individual pet cremation options please click on the following link click here

Other services – please ask the vet nurse

  • Hair clipping –There are companies that will place a small hair clipping in an item of jewellery such as a locket or a ring.
  • Paw print – Our vet nurses can take an ink print of your pet’s paw.

Other mementos to remember your pet

  • Pet portraits
  • Hair/ashes jewellery
  • Plant a tree
  • Make a scrapbook of your favourite photos

Useful information: -

http://www.theralphsite.com/ a non-profit support group with lots of helpful advice

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-support Bereavement support line and information from the Blue Cross

The attached link details the caskets and memorial products that we have available so you can browse in your own time. Click here to find out more