Welcome to the Autumn/Winter edition of The Paws Post!

Though the long days and warm weather may seem a distant memory, we thought we’d shine some light and share some happy memories from our summer party.

This takes place every year and is the setting for our Best of the Best awards; our very own version of the Oscars. Voted for by the Blacks team, this is our chance to show our colleagues how much we appreciate them.

This year’s winners were:
  • Best Vet – Dr Sarah Smith
  • Runner Up Best Vet – Dr Georgina Mourant & Hugh Wrigley
  • Best Nurse – Pauline Holloway
  • Runner Up Best Nurse – Liz Jefferson
  • Best CPCA – Therase Redfern
  • Runner Up Best CPCA – Sandra Robinson & Penny Beard
  • Best Practice Support – Trevor Brettell
  • Runner Up Best Practice Support – Lisa Wilkins
The Blacks Family
Therase Redfern & Dr Simon Gubbins
Dr Sarah Smith with Dr John O'Flynn
BEST OF THE BEST OVERALL WINNER Therase Redfern

Congratulations to each and every one of them!

This year’s winners were:
  • Best Vet – Dr Sarah Smith
  • Runner Up Best Vet – Dr Georgina Mourant & Hugh Wrigley
  • Best Nurse – Pauline Holloway
  • Runner Up Best Nurse – Liz Jefferson
  • Best CPCA – Therase Redfern
  • Runner Up Best CPCA – Sandra Robinson & Penny Beard
  • Best Practice Support – Trevor Brettell
  • Runner Up Best Practice Support – Lisa Wilkins
BEST OF THE BEST OVERALL WINNER Therase Redfern

Congratulations to each and every one of them!

New CT scanner
on its way

We are delighted to announce that work is now underway to house a new CT scanner at our Dudley hospital. The scanner represents £200,000 worth of investment and is one of the best imaging tools for studying areas such as the chest, abdomen and joints, enabling us to offer faster and more accurate diagnosis for a variety of conditions. The equipment will be operational from Spring 2020.
The Reed-Owens with dogs Lillie-Bean and Wally

Wedding Bells

Big congratulations to a key member of our senior nursing team, Helen Owen, who recently tied the knot with her partner Stacey.

Guests of honour were dogs Lillie-Bean and Wally who were super excited to see their parents walk down the aisle. The Blacks family wish you both a long and happy to life together.

Welcome Aboard

We’re delighted to extend a warm welcome to some new members of staff.

Dr Eve Towlson is a Certificate holder in Small Animal Medicine with a keen interest in abdominal imaging and enjoys getting to the bottom of complex medical cases. Dr Rebecca Toms is a new graduate vet with interests in dentistry, surgery and ophthalmology. Last but certainly not least, Dr Claire Cockburn joins us to head up our Sedgley surgery, bringing her considerable experience gained through many years working in night emergency and regular clinics throughout the Midlands.

Dr Rebeccca Toms
Dr Eve Towlson
Dr Claire Cockburn

All are looking forward to meeting your pets and offering the fantastic service Blacks Vets are renowned for.

Betty with sister, Doris

Lungworm Danger

Lungworm is a parasite that can cause serious health issues in dogs and can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. The parasite lives in the heart and blood vessels of the lungs and is contracted by coming into contact with the larvae of infected slugs, snails and frogs.

Luckily for Betty, her owner was quick to act on symptoms and brought her in for a check-up when a tiny wound on her paw kept bleeding and wouldn’t stop. Dr Hannah Pegram was able to conduct a test and diagnose Lungworm which meant lifesaving treatment could be administered. Most over the counter worming treatments only deal with intestinal parasites, but members of Protect My Pet Club benefit from a treatment that prevents these AND Lungworm. Contact your local branch or visit our website www.blacksvets.co.uk and find out how to sign up.