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About: We are a dedicated small animal practice offering a caring, professional and friendly service for all pets. Our team is made up of two full time vets, three nurses and two receptionists. Our aim is to provide a high standard of veterinary care to our patients, within a friendly environment in which our clients and their animals can feel comfortable, and in which our staff are happy to work.

Although most of our patients are dogs and cats, we treat an increasingly wide range of small mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. We also provide treatment for the many wild birds and animals brought to the hospital each year.

Our policy is that clients should see the vet of their choice at all times unless that vet is unavailable (e.g. they are on holiday or in an out-of-hours emergency). Our receptionists will expect to arrange any follow-on check-ups to be done by the same vet who started with a given case.

Prevention is better than cure. We therefore recommend annual vaccinations and regular worm treatments for dogs, cats and rabbits. We are also happy to discuss your pet's diet with you so that they may stay active and healthy. We are also keen that you should insure your pet so that if anything does go wrong we can give the best possible treatment without having to worry about financial constraints.


North Road Veterinary Centre is one of the few practices in the area to be awarded the prestigious Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accreditation as a Tier 2 Small Animal Practice.

The scheme was introduced in 2005 to ensure high standards of patient and client care in veterinary practices. North Road Veterinary Centre is very proud to be one of the first practices in the area to be inspected to achieve the accreditation.

There are three levels of accreditation: Tier 1 is the basic level. Tier 2 is for high standards in a veterinary clinic. Tier 3 is for hospitals and referral centres. North Road Veterinary Centre applied for Tier 2 accreditation and, after a rigorous inspection, was awarded it in July 2005.

Charles Thursby-Pelham MA Vet MB Cert EP MRCVS.
Charles qualified from Cambridge in 1987. After working in mixed and equine practice, he settled down in small animal practice and developed a particular interest in veterinary dentistry. He took over the running of North Road Veterinary Centre in January 2000. He is married with three children. Charles has a Labrador called Sam and enjoys going for long walks and riding.

Laurence Webb BVSc MRCVS.
Laurence qualified from Bristol in 1996. He worked in mixed (but mainly small animal) practice in Frome before joining North Road. Laurence has a strong interest in surgery, especially orthopaedics. Laurence is married with two children and two cats, Baggy and Archie. He enjoys hill walking and rock climbing.

Jackie Napier
Jackie has more than 20 years of veterinary nursing experience. She has done further training as a Pet Health Counsellor and she has also completed a course in Canine Psychology. Jackie has a Springer Spaniel called Tilly, a Cavalier called Mitsi, and two cats called Thornton and Billy.

Sharon Curtis
Sharon is our Assistant Theatre Nurse and joined us in 2002. She has three cats called Smudge, Ainsley, and Dillon.

Linda Peglar
Lin is our morning receptionist. She is married with four children, two of whom are veterinary nurses. Lin has seven cats that she and her family have rescued. They are called Henry, Spike, TC, Herby, Lucy, Heidi and Lilly.

Zoe Jones
Zoe is our afternoon receptionist. She has 6 rabbits and 4 chickens..

Annie Schleufter
Annie joined the nursing team in April 2004. She has four ducks, two cats called Tigger and Rosie, a rabbit called Lady and a goldfish called Phil.

All consultations at our clinic are by appointment, except in cases of emergency. We aim to offer plenty of choice - on weekdays there are three sessions (morning, early afternoon and late afternoon/early evening). We do make house calls but don't encourage them because we feel we can do a better job at our well-equipped clinic. There is always a vet available to advise or attend genuine emergencies. If needing assistance outside normal hours, please remember that the duty vet is not just on for the 'night shift', but has usually worked the previous day and will be working the following day as well!

  Our details:

53 North Road
Midsomer Norton
Telephone: 01761 412132

Surgery Hours
8.30am - 7pm Monday - Friday
8.30pm - 12.30pm Saturday
Location: Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom - England
Business Type: Veterinary practice
Products or Services: Equipment
• Fully equipped in-house practice laboratory for blood testing for illnesses, health checks and pre-anaesthetic blood tests, urinalysis and skin samples.
• Powerful X-ray machine and automatic developer so that we can obtain good, high definition X-rays, of all sizes of animal.
• Ultrasound scanner for non-invasive and painless investigation of chest and abdomen problems.
• Fibreoptic endoscopes for investigating respiratory diseases and digestive problems, therefore avoiding the need for invasive exploratory abdominal surgery.
• Operating theatre with the highest standards of sterility, anaesthesia and operating equipment. Heated recovery area with intensive care facilities and round the clock nursing.
• Fully equipped dental suite with dental X-ray machine and facilities to perform extractions, fillings and root canal therapy.
• Blood Pressure Monitor for diagnosing and screening for hypertension.
• ECG to investigate heart conditions.

Special services
• Dr Aiden Foster has a special interest veterinary dermatology and visits North Road Clinic regularly to see difficult skin cases.
• Laurence Webb has a special interest in orthopaedics and he is studying for an advanced qualification in veterinary orthopaedics.
• Charles Thursby-Pelham has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and is on the British Veterinary Dental Association register of practitioners who accept referrals from other veterinary surgeons.
• We also have a veterinary ENT specialist who visits North Road when requested to see difficult head and neck cases.

We have links with other specialists in all areas of veterinary medicine and surgery, and so we can arrange rapid referrals elsewhere if necessary.
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