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our professional partners
We have links with the following respected organisations and individuals
1. Professional veterinary bodies
British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
The BSAVA was founded in 1957 as a professional body to serve veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals. Its role is to foster high scientific and educational standards of small animal medicine and surgery in veterinary practice, teaching and research.
Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Waterwells Business Park, Quedgeley, Glos GL2 2AB
Tel: 01452 726700
Fax: 01452 726701
British Veterinary Association (BVA)
The British Veterinary Association represents the veterinary profession and helps members fulfill their professional roles. The organization, together with the Kennel Club, runs schemes to help identify and prevent hereditary problems such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and disease in dogs.
Tel: 020 7636 6541
Fax: 020 7908 6349
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
The RCVS is the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the UK. Its role is:
- To safeguard the health and welfare of animals committed to vet care through the regulation of the education, ethical and clinical standards of the veterinary profession, thereby protecting the interests of those dependent on animals and assuring public health.
- To act as an impartial source of informed opinion on animal health and welfare issues and their interaction with human health.
Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AF
Tel: 020 7222 2001
Fax: 020 7222 2004
British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA)
The BVNA came into being in 1965 and is the only representative body for veterinary nursing. Its aim is to promote animal health and welfare through ongoing development of professional excellence in veterinary nursing.
82 Greenway Business Centre, Harlow Business Park, Harlow, Essex CM19 5QE
Tel: 01279 408644
Fax: 01279 408645
2. Government organisations
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA is responsible for implementing government policy regarding the environment and farming issues. It is a useful source of information for pet owners on subjects such:
- Animal diseases
- Pet passports
- Importation and export of pets
Nobel house, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR
DEFRA Helpline: 08459 33 55 77
Tel: 020 7238 6000
Fax: 020 7238 2188
Somerset council dog warden
3. Pet care organisations
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 its primary objective is 'to promote in every way, the general improvement of dogs'. It is able to offer dog owners a source of information, experience and advice on dog welfare, dog health, dog training and dog breeding. It runs schemes (together with the BVA) to prevent hereditary problems such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and disease.
1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB
Tel: 0870 606 6750
Fax: 020 7518 1058
Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB)
FAB’s work provides essential information for cat owners and expert information for people working with cats such as veterinary surgeons, breeders, cattery owners and rescue centres. It has award schemes for both catteries and veterinary practices.
Taeselbury, High Street, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6LD
Tel: 0870 742 2278
Fax: 01747 871873
General Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF)
The GCCF is the primary governing body of Pedigree cats and cat showing in the United Kingdom- the feline equivalent of the Kennel Club.
5 King's Castle Business Park, The Drove, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4AG, UK
Tel: 01278 427575
Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)
PDSA is the UK's leading veterinary charity, caring for more than 300,000 pet patients belonging to people in need. They provide free veterinary treatment to sick and injured animals through their own veterinary centres and provide assistance to those on low incomes in other areas. They also promote responsible pet ownership.
Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9PQ
Tel: 01952 290999
Fax: 01952 291035
British Chelonian Group
P.O.Box 1176, Chippenham, Wilts, SN15 1XBTel:
Rabbit Welfare Association
The Rabbit Welfare association is dedicated to the welfare and care of domestic rabbits in the UK, providing useful information to the pet rabbit owner.
PO Box 603, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5WL
National helpline: 0870 046 5249
National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT)
Founded in 1971 the Trust is now one of the top 10 animal rescue and re-homing charities in England, and runs 5 rescue & re-homing centres across the country. Centres are located in Watford, Berkshire, Essex, Cornwall and Langport in Somerset. The Langport branch is one of our most local dog rescue and rehoming centres.
Heavens Gate Farm, West Henley, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9BE
Tel: 01458 252656
Fax: 01458 253806
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
The RSPCA is the largest UK animal charity. Its mission is, by all lawful means, to prevent cruelty, promote kindness to and alleviate suffering of animals. Some of its functions include:
- Local branches to help fund veterinary care and provide neutering for the pets of those on low incomes.
- Rescue of injured and ill-treated animals.
- Rescue and re-homing centres (e.g. West Hatch centre near Taunton)
- Wildlife rescue and treatment centres (e.g. West Hatch Wildlife Hospital near Taunton)
Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS.
Tel: 0300 1234 999 (Cruelty line)
Tel: 0300 1234 555 (Advice)
Fax: 0303 123 0284
4. Our clinical partners
Cave Veterinary Specialists
Cave veterinary Specialists is a referral only service, dealing exclusively with pets referred from other vets.
Cave veterinary Specialists provide a comprehensive internal medicine and oncology (cancer medicine) referral service for vets and their clients in the south west of England. They support owners through diagnosis and therapy, enabling them to make informed choices for their pets.
Tom Cave BVSc, DSAM, MRCVS & staff
Tel: 07837 209074
Fax: 01278 686531
Catherine Tomlinson MSc; BSc; PGCE - Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
Catherine Tomlinson is a puppy school tutor and offers behaviour training for companion animals in the Somerset region. She has a degree in Zoology and a Master of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Catherine is a lecturer at Bridgwater College and Bournemouth University.
Catherine contributes to the puppy parties at Quantock Veterinary Hospital and subsequently takes many of the puppies on to her own specialist puppy classes as part of Gwen Bailey’s Puppy School based in Cannington. In addition, Catherine works along side the vets at Quantock Veterinary Hospital in offering advice to people with pets displaying behavioural problems.
Tel: 07900 576999
Helen R.Mathie MSc Vet Phys. BSc (Hons) ACPAT A – Chartered & Veterinary Physiotherapist
Helen completed a BSc (hons) degree in Animal Science at Nottingham University 1997 then qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2003 from St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London. She completed an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in 2007. She currently works with Quantock Veterinary Hospital vets and nurses providing animal physiotherapy assessments and treatments including individual exercise/rehabilitation programmes, soft-tissue techniques and hydrotherapy referrals. Helen also works at Linhay Veterinary Rehabilitation Centre in Dawlish which provides additional rehabilitative support to some cases from Quantock Veterinary Hospital.
Tel: 07779 587472
5. Other charities we work with and support
Founded by Pauline Kidner Secret World Wildlife Rescue specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of orphaned and injured wild creatures. It is run entirely on donations and runs the only 24 hour wildlife rescue service in the south west of England.
In each year, approximately 3,000 wild animals are cared for by Secret World Wildlife Rescue, from the tiniest harvest mice and bats to badgers, swans, foxes, deer and otters.
Quantock Veterinary Hospital provides the veterinary services for Secret world and works with them to promote the appropriate veterinary care of British Wildlife.
New Road, Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 3PZ
Tel: 01278 783250
Fax: 01278 793109
Catwork is run by Barbara and Bob Hunt. It is situated in the fairly large garden in their home in Nether Stowey. Since 1996, Catwork has been a private independent sanctuary for cats who need and deserve to be cared for but who, for various reasons, are not suitable to be rehomed as pets in a normal domestic home. Without planning it, the sanctuary has become focused on helping cats that have the FIV virus and, latterly, also those with the FeLV virus. Quantock Veterinary Hospital are the vets for the sanctuary.
www.catwork.co.uk (but also see www.v63.net/catwork/sanctuary)
Petsavers is a charity that funds vital veterinary studies into the diagnosis and treatment of sick pets. It is part of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. In recent years a team from Quantock Veterinary Hospital has competed in the British 10k, run held in London, to help raise funds for this charity.
Limbe Wildlife Centre Cameroon
Limbe Wildlife Centre is situated at the foot of Mount Cameroon. The Mount Cameroon ecosystem boasts the second highest levels of biodiversity in Africa and is home to many locally endemic and critically endangered primates such as the Vellerosus chimpanzee, the Preuss's guenon and the drill. Currently this ecosystem has no legal protected status and suffers from illegal logging and high levels of poaching for the bush meat trade and illegal pet trade. Limbe wildlife Centre takes care of infant primates rescued from these illegal trades and runs educational programs for the local communities. Dominic Phillips visited Limbe in October 2005 and since then the Hospital has offered support through the supply of veterinary equipment and products.
PO Box 878, South west Province, Cameroon