Scottish veterinary group, Border Vets has announced it is to launch a new emergency veterinary service, which will act as A&E for pets.
The new service, which will begin on 14 December will be open to current clients of Border Vets, which has surgeries in Galashiels, Selkirk and Innerleithen, and Robert Young Vets, in Kelso and Earlston. The e-vets service will initially run weekends, covering Friday night and Saturday from lunchtime through until Monday morning, expanding to seven nights a week in the new year.
Mel Broad said: “The number one aim of the service is improving patient care because hospitalised pets will have 24-hour monitoring from vets and nurses, which is a big advantage. Traditionally, vet practices have provided their emergency service by asking the day vets to be on-call overnight and attend any emergencies as needed.
“This can lead to vets being up most of the night and then having to complete another full day of work the next day.”
She added: “The new service means vets are fresh and focused having had a good night’s sleep. More importantly, pets have been cared for overnight by vets and nurses working a shift so they too are fresh and ready to attend emergencies and provide continuous monitoring for hospitalised pet patients.”