About Elands Veterinary Clinic

The Otford Village Fete is once again pleased to announce Elands Veterinary Clinic’s Dog Show.

About the practice

Philip Lhermette opened the practice in January 1987 and ever since Elands Veterinary Clinic has been offering a high quality, caring and professional service to the people and pets in our local community.

Philip has an interest in surgery, especially keyhole surgery. He pioneered both laser endosurgery minimally invasive surgery and keyhole bitch spays in the UK, his focus being on ensuring less pain and a quicker recovery for his patients.

As well as contributing to numerous publications, Philip is Special Lecturer on this subject at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and he lectures extensively throughout the UK and worldwide.

This year will be even more exciting for us as Philip will take over as the President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association ( BSAVA). BSAVA is a professional body that serves veterinary surgeons who treat companion animals and has over 11,000 members.

In 2010, the practice expanded and relocated to St John’s Church, London Road, Dunton Green which was beautifully converted to offer everything our patients require in modern, purpose built facilities. We also opened a branch in Kemsing that year for the convenience of our clients in that area.

The Dunton Green clinic has separate kennels and cattery wards for postoperative care, an isolation ward for infectious cases and a fully equipped laboratory and pharmacy. The practice routinely uses ultrasound as this enables investigation of many conditions without the need for a general anaesthetic or even sedation.  We continue to invest in state of the art technology each year. Other facilities such as the digital x-ray machine, dental x-rays, oxygen chamber and our in-house laboratory allow patients to be treated promptly.  Blood and urine samples are analysed in-house and results can therefore usually be reported to pet owners the same day. Above all we care for each individual patient with compassion and kindness, as we would our own pets.

As well as offering care for all domestic pets, Elands Veterinary Clinic offers a referral service to other veterinary practices in ophthalmology, advanced medicine, orthopaedic surgery and minimally invasive surgery techniques – more commonly known as keyhole surgery.  Pets who routinely attend Elands can also benefit from these services as they are readily available should they be required.

The Veterinary Surgeons at the clinic are Philip Lhermette, Anna Lhermette and Madeleine Kasch. The Veterinary Surgeon who looks after our Kemsing clients at the branch surgery in the High Street, Kemsing is Rebecca Nye. Rebecca cares for patients at Dunton Green as well so pets will have the advantage of Rebecca’s care and the facilities at both branches.

Our vets are ably assisted by our qualified Veterinary Nurses Emma Barty (Head Nurse), Josephine Ellison, Erica Wilkes and Laura Compton. We choose to only employ fully qualified staff to ensure the best possible care for our patients.

On the non-clinical side, you are welcomed at the practice either in person or over the telephone by one of our five receptionists; Karen Gould, Karen Leahy, Lesley Porter, Lorraine Cobb and Angela Golding.  Saija Smith is our Practice Manager and she greatly enjoys being involved with planning and organising the dog show as well as getting to know those with pets in our local community.

If you have any questions regarding your pet’s health, please feel free to telephone the Dunton Green clinic on 01732 452333 or the Kemsing branch on 01732 761650.

Keyhole bitch spays

Traditionally a bitch spay requires a 3-4 inch incision and this, along with the procedure to remove the uterus (womb) and both ovaries, causes trauma and bruising.  However, for many years now, Elands Veterinary Clinic has been spaying bitches via keyhole surgery.

By using keyhole surgery, very tiny incisions are made so wounds are very much less painful and recovery is quicker.  The wounds are so small that they are usually closed with special skin adhesive so no stitches are required.

Research has shown that removing the uterus is usually unnecessary.  Therefore, unless the uterus is abnormal, only the ovaries are removed which again mean a reduction in trauma and bruising.

Practice Principal Philip Lhermette pioneered this procedure for pets in the UK, and Elands Veterinary Clinic remains one of the few practices in the country to offer this service, with pet owners travel long distances to have their bitches spayed by Philip.