Burnout and emotional exhaustion

I work in a profession that has a serious problem – around one in fifty vets will commit suicide. Just think about that for a moment. Out of my class of 60 bright excited A-Level students, at least one will be so ground down by being a vet that they will kill themselves. In a great sit down with our …

Macmillan Coffee Morning

You’re invited to join us on Friday 29th September for the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. There will be loads of cakes, snacks and biscuits for you to munch on with coffee or tea if preferred between 11am and 2pm. All funds raised are for Macmillan Cancer Support. We will also be running a raffle with a …

John’s Lanzarote Ironman

Lanzarote- the home of the permanent headwind, sun-baked hills and reputedly the hardest Ironman in the world. For those not in the know, an Ironman is a long-distance triathlon: 2.4 miles open water swimming, 112 miles biking, then a marathon- all to start at 7am and finish before midnight. Add in 20mph winds, steep hills and 36C heat and you’ve …

Ask the Vet anything

(Update!- recording now available below. It was really fun thanks all) On Wednesday 18th May at 7.30 I’ll be hosting a live “Ask the Vet” video stream on our Facebook page. If you’ve got any burning questions about animal health then simply head on over to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Mansionhillvets/ on Wednesday evening. It’s the first time I’ve done …

2015 Roundup & Christmas opening hours

Baby-tastic. Or maybe baby-geddon, I’m not sure. Either way it sums up 2015 perfectly! Over the last year or so we’ve seen Emma, Beth and Jemma have babies, and the departure of Zoe on maternity leave (good luck Zoe!) – I’m thinking of opening a creche. In total we now have twelve children who have parents working at Mansion Hill. …

Mansion Hill Vets is 10 today!

Well we’ve done it- 10 years open today! This time 10 years ago Ange and I had nothing; now we’ve got the surgery of our dreams and are raising a family surrounded by friends and a fantastic community. And it’s all down to you – our clients! Thank you for welcoming us so warmly to Middleton Cheney and thank you …

Goodbye, hello and how to be better

Staff update I’m delighted to report that we’ve found a replacement for Laura – Ross Devereux White will be joining us from next week. Ross has an excellent pedigree; he’s taught veterinary nursing at Warwickshire College, has an Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgical), and as well as being the president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association he’s co-authored veterinary …

On being a vet

As some of you know, Angela and I had a baby boy around a month ago. We’ve been asked a couple of times if we’re going to train him up for the surgery, and this set me thinking as to what it takes to be a vet- so this is for anyone who’s considering it as a career. I’m going …

My Friend Charlie

Last Sunday, at 3.30pm we lost Charlie. He was 11 ½ years old and had been suffering from an untreatable terminal cancer since mid December. He was a classic traveller dog: a black whippet longdog, intelligent and eccentric mixed with a complete disregard for human instruction. Rescued by the police from Braintree at the age of 18 months and passed …

Why I think Badger Culling is Wrong

2012 sees the resumption of badger culling in the UK in an attempt to control the relentless spread of bovine tuberculosis. So why does this make me profoundly uncomfortable? There is no question that bovine tuberculosis is a disease we need to control; it causes serious illness in people through unpasteurised milk, and as a result farmers who own animals …