The team pulled out all the stops to get set up for the festivities and the day kicked off on time at 12:30pm, the only element missing – the hog roast, which had broken down 10 miles away on the M40! Luckily, the catering company pulled out all the stops to get our food to us and it arrived only 30 minutes late, giving the team an opportunity to get everyone involved in the activities around the surgery.
Ruth organised our guided practice tours, giving guests a taste of what happens behind the scenes. The tours went down a storm, with owners able to see first hand how we care for out inpatients and how we are equipped in-house to diagnose and treat the majority of injuries and illnesses that come through the door. Ruth was certainly kept busy, showing over 100 people in total around the practice, and answering some great questions.
Our bite-size seminars were also crammed to the rafters, with guests keen to hear from our guest expert animal behaviourist Lizi Angel and Dogs for the Disabled co-ordinator Claire Lush. Claire also brought along three adorable Dogs for the Disabled puppies, each with their socializers and each at different stages in their training.
The kids that came to the day got busy with craft activities and balloons and the adults enjoyed catching up with friends old and new over a drink (the Pimms never ran dry thanks to an emergency shop run!) and exploring the surgery gardens.
“We were thrilled with the turnout on Saturday,” explains John. “It’s now almost four years since we began trading, and we count our blessing that we’re supported by such fantastic clients. It’s a pleasure to throw open the doors and spend some relaxed time hearing about our clients’ animals’ latest antics!”