CVS opens new MiNightVet out-of-hours emergency care practice

Three experienced full time vets and three full time nurses, with dedicated training in emergency veterinary care, will run the practice

Integrated veterinary service provider CVS has opened MiNightVet veterinary practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, to offer out-of-hours emergency care for pets in the County Tyrone region.

Opening after 12 months of planning, it will be the only dedicated out-of-hours practice for small animals in the west of Northern Ireland.

The new MiNightVet service will operate out of the purpose built small animal section of Campsie Veterinary Centre and will house the latest veterinary facilities.

A team of veterinary surgeons and experienced nurses will be on hand every night, throughout the night, to accept domestic pets who need critical and immediate care.


The new MiNightVet building will be fitted with emergency veterinary equipment.

This will include digital x-ray facilities, a spacious operating theatre, plus ultrasound, endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery capabilities.

Three experienced full time vets and three full time nurses, with dedicated training in emergency veterinary care, will run the practice.

Collectively, they will be able to look after a wide range of emergency cases such as blood transfusions, foreign body retrieval and medical emergencies.

The service will be open from 7:30 pm to 8 am Mon-Fri, and 1pm Saturday until 8am Monday.

Additionally, the practice will accept clients who contact them directly, via general CVS practices, or via referrals from their independent veterinary practice.

There are currently 35 small animal and equine MiNightVet practices throughout the UK.

In the last five years the CVS has invested nearly £80m in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry leading training and support.

Lauren Boyce, practice director at MiNightVet Omagh, said: “Traditionally, veterinary practices would cover their own out-of-hours emergency care, rather than sending them to a dedicated clinic. But this might mean a specialist farm vet used to dealing with cattle, has to see a small domestic animal, which may not be ideal.

“By providing our new service, clients will know their pet will be seen by a dedicated small animal emergency care vet team, when their local practice is closed. Our clients will also have peace-of-mind, knowing one of our vets is awake and available every night to provide emergency care to their pet.”

Boyce added: “There’s also a benefit for the wider veterinary community in the region – as it will mean that small animal vets no longer need to be on call or work unsocial hours, unless they are a dedicated out-of-hours vet.”

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