News 2012


Christmas Gift Vouchers December 2012

Stuck for last minute Christmas presents? Gift vouchers are available from Cinque Ports Vets. Please contact your local branch for more details.

Christmas Hints And Tips For Your Pets December 2012

Handy hints for the festive season...
Christmas is a time of celebration for most people; however it is not always so enjoyable for our pets.
It is important to consider the potential problems our pets may face over the festive period, so read on for some handy hints to help keep your pets out of harm’s way this Christmas.Read more...   


Opening Times For Christmas and the New Year 2012/2013

Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates would like to wish all our clients and their pets a very Merry Christmas!

We sincerely hope that you will not need to visit us over the festive period, but please take note of our Christmas opening times and keep our contact details to hand… Just in case!


Outside our Christmas opening times we have our normal emergency service available in case of the unexpected.

Christmas Eve: 8.30 am – 2.00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed – Emergency service only
Boxing Day: Closed – Emergency service only
Thursday 27th December: Open as usual
Friday 28th December: Open as usual
Saturday 29th December: Open as usual
New Year's Eve: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
New Year's Day: Closed – Emergency service only

Christmas Opening Times


Remember, remember the 5th of November October 2012


As we are once again approaching a period of firework activities, Cinque Ports Vets would like to advise you on the best way to help your pets and keep them safe during the fireworks.
For pets who suffer the misery of noise phobias it is important to plan ahead for the fireworks, especially if you want to give your pets the best chance of being relaxed on the night.
Adaptil, Feliway and Zylkene are all products which are available over the counter to help your pets.
Please ask your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets for advice or see our website information sheets on 'Fear of Fireworks' and 'Top Tips For Firework Night.'
Advice on long term desensitisation programs are also available from your local branch and these should be started once the firework season is over. 

Hawkhurst Vets invite the public to see ‘behind the scenes’ October 2012

On Sunday 16th September 2012 Cinque Ports Vets and Milbourn Equine in Hawkhurst opened their doors and welcomed the general public to meet the team and see behind the scenes. This was a great opportunity to unveil the new, improved Hawkhurst building which is home to both Cinque Ports Vets and Milbourn Equine (boasting improved small animal facilities and a dedicated equine reception area).  There was lots to see and do for all ages, starting off inside with a tour of the practice including consultation rooms, kennels and the operating theatre used for small animals. There were also competitions to guess ‘Which animal eats which food’, ‘Pin the points on the horse’, ‘Find the Pet’ as well as demonstrations of the Equine equipment (x-ray machine, scanners and endoscope) and fun ‘spot the fracture’ quiz.  Extensive information was available, both directly from the team and through displays which covered equine worming programs, gastroscopes, supplements and photo stories of successful and unusual operations.    All our visitors were given either a small animal or equine goody bag to take home. Moving outside visitors had the opportunity to meet four of Graham & Barbara Reed’s Lightfoot Alpacas (who enjoyed all the attention!).  The weather was beautiful and visitors enjoyed browsing the stands from the Blue Cross, Littledale dogs, Cherrytree Crematorium, pet portrait artist Rachel Lamb and wood carver Ian Morrison, plus an extensive cake stall.  There was also a Treasure hunt, tombola and a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local businesses. The day was a huge success with some 150 visitors passing through our doors (plus some 4 legged friends!), a mixture of both existing clients and new faces.  £360 was raised for local charity the Blue Cross Northiam, which will go towards feeding and caring for their rescued dog and cats. Take a look at some photos from the day. The Hawkhurst surgery is a busy practice and provides routine and emergency services for both small animal and equine clients, opening hours are 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday – Friday (with late night appointments on Tuesdays until 7pm) and Saturday morning 8.30-10.30am.


'Bat In The Belfry' at Cinque Ports Vets Rye October 2012


Boris the long eared bat was brought in by a member of the public yesterday morning with a torn wing and unable to fly. 

Our vet Barbara Watson, who is experienced in treating wildlife and exotic animals performed a very delicate operation to repair the large tear in the membrane of Boris’s wing.

It was a very tricky case of stitching and it was uncertain as to whether Boris would be able to fly again.
However, during the night police were called out to respond to the security alarm being activated at the surgery only to find Boris happily flying around the premises having triggered the alarm sensors.

Fortunately Boris was quickly recaptured and is continuing to do well, having eaten some mealworms for breakfast and has been taken to the RSPCA Mallydams Wildlife Centre in Fairlight for continued care and rehabilitation.

Rabbit Awareness Week September 2012


Rabbit Awareness Week is taking place between 15th-22nd September. This is an ideal opportunity to promote rabbit welfare as well as the importance of vaccinating your rabbit.
There is now a combined vaccination available against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease , eliminating the need for two separate injections and multiple visits to the vet. If you would like more information about the vaccine or have any questions about caring for your rabbit, please contact your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets.







Hawkhurst Open Day 16th September 2012 

Hawkhurst Veterinary Surgery OPEN DAY SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER  

In aid of the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity 10.30am – 3.00pm

Meet the staff and see behind the scenes

Tours -  Refreshments - Competitions - Raffle - Demonstrations -  Face Painting.  

Lots to see and do.  Come along and enjoy the fun!  (Please note Parking is limited) 

Pet Smile Month September 2012

During September Cinque Ports Vets have been offering free dental checks to support Pet Smile Month. Take a look at Bella's Dental Diary to see how important it is to care for your pets' teeth.

Don't forget to contact your local branch of Cinque Ports to take advantage of your free dental check!   




Final curtain for opera star Henry. August 2012


Not with a bark but a whimper, the Royal Opera House has had to bid farewell to one of its unsung heroes: Henry the cocker spaniel. Known as the Figaro dog, Henry appeared in productions of Mozart's opera for the past eight years but passed away last month. Henry played the gun dog who trots across stage when Count Almaviva returns from the hunt, loaded with pheasants. He was most recently in David McVicar's production of the opera in February. He was owned by Don Fuller, an orchestra assistant at the opera house, and his wife Judy. "He passed the auditions easily," said Don. "He gets a mention in the progamme, and there were always oohs and aahs when he came on stage. There have been lots of cards from people at the Royal Opera House to say sorry for our loss."


  Pet Smile Month September 2012

September is Pet Smile Month. Cinque Ports Vets will be offering free dental checks with a veterinary nurse for your pets throughout September. Please contact your local branch to arrange an appointment and receive your free gift bag.
Does your pet require a dental procedure? We are offering 10% off your pet's dental procedure during September. Please contact us for more information. 



The Rye Show - Saturday 18th August 2012


Cinque Ports Vets attended the Rye Country Fair, Horse and Dog Show held at Salts Farm, Rye on Saturday 18th August where we were also sponsoring one of the horse classes – the Family Horse & Pony and Coloured Horse and Pony.

It was a very hot day but was well attended.  Many people stopped by our stand to talk about their pets.  A particular attraction was our competition run throughout the day “The Milbourn Challenge” which was an exciting game devised by one of our team members,  Berni Fiddimore.  We had four winners and money raised was donated to the local branch of the Cats Protection.


Royal Canin Weigh In Club Going For Gold August 2012

Has your pet taken part in a successful weight loss program with Cinque Ports Vets and Royal Canin? If so you and your pet could be entered into The Weigh In Club Winners 2012 competition run by Royal Canin to win some great prizes. Please ask your veterinary nurse for more information. 


Blue Cross Campaign July 2012
Cinque Ports Vets together with The Blue Cross and National Veterinary Services are taking part in a campaign to encourage staff and clients to donate unwanted clothes for the charity to sell and raise funds. The Blue Cross receives no government funding, so relies on public donations to continue its vital work. All donations of saleable clothes are gratefully received. If you are interested in donating to The Blue Cross please drop in your donation to your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets and they will send it to The Blue Cross via their veterinary wholesaler, NVS.



National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month July 2012

July is National Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month

This gives veterinary practices the opportunity to create awareness of the importance of the veterinary nursing profession and the provision of responsible pet care.

To celebrate National Veterinary Nursing Month please read our diary of 'A Day In The Life Of A Veterinary Nurse'

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary nurse more information is available at or your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets.


Woodchurch Family Dog Show Sunday 8th July 2012

Cinque Ports Vets attended the Woodchurch Family Dog Show on Sunday 8th July held at The Rare Breeds Centre,Woodchurch. There was a great turn out and lots of entries. Congratulations to Jess who belongs to our vet Jillian Hall for coming second in The Best Rescue Dog class.


Rye Tilling Green Diamond Jubilee Fete and Dog Show Saturday 2nd June 2012

Veterinary nurse Natasha Keep and receptionist Berni Fiddimore represented the Rye branch of Cinque Ports Vets at the Tilling Green Diamond Jubilee Fete and Dog Show held in Rye on 2nd June.

Natasha and Berni (who is also Deputy Mayor of Rye) judged a very good turn-out of a variety of dogs in various classes.

The overall “Best in Show” and winner of the Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates Best in Show Trophy was Dylan a sprightly 16 year old Springer Spaniel, who was also winner of the “Most Handsome Dog” Class owned by Jaime Sharp.


Wye Beagle Dog Show @ Wye

Sunday 20th May 2012

Wye Veterinary Surgery attended the Wye College Beagles Dog Show on Sunday May 20th.

It was great to see such a variety of breeds and meet owners who had travelled quite a distance to be there.

As always the parade of the Wye College Beagles was entertaining for everybody that attended.


Microchipping MonthJune - 2012

Microchipping Month

Newbuild Update@ HawkhurstMay - 2012


Our new building is now completed and “up and running”.  The small animal reception is much larger with separate areas for dogs and cats and we now have two consultation rooms, thus aiding the efficiency and smooth-running of the small animal side of the practice and providing greater privacy when needed.
We also have a dedicated equine reception area, with a large office and storeroom, which provides greater efficiency for our equine clients and also assists the equine vets with their busy day.
The upper level of the new building contains a large management office, meeting room and staff room where our busy team can take a much needed break.
The alterations to the previously existing building are now complete and have added  significantly to the efficiency of the practice.  We are very proud of our new building and are holding an Open Day on Sunday 16th September to show clients around ‘behind the scenes’- a chance to see what happens to your pet once you leave him/her with the vet.  It promises to be a fun day! Click here for more details.
The team here at Hawkhurst are very happy with our new working environment and hope all our clients will share the advantages this project has achieved.


May is National Flea MonthMay - 2012

National Flea Month



RSPCA Garden Cattery Open Day @ Ashford

23rd April 2012

Kingsnorth Veterinary Centre and Wye Veterinary Surgery attended the RSPCA Ashford Garden Cattery Open Day on Saturday 23rd April. Thank you to everyone who came along to support and raise money for the RSPCA.


7th March 2012


Henry the dog has been successfully reunited with owner Paula Rooke-Ley at Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates’ Hawkhurst surgery thanks to his microchip.

Henry, a liver and white pointer escaped from his home in Queens Road, Hawkhurst on Sunday 26th February and was not found until Thursday 1st March by the publican of The Royal Oak, Hawkhurst who took him into Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates’ Hawkhurst Surgery.  As Henry had a microchip the vet was able to quickly scan him, identify his owner and contact her, Paula and Henry were soon reunited, see attached picture.

Mrs Rooke-Ley commented that she had lost Henry on the previous Sunday and had been searching everywhere for him, putting posters up, contacting dog wardens and had been  beside herself with worry.  However Mrs Rooke-Ley was confident that as she had had Henry microchipped, that Henry would be found and returned safely to her, which was indeed the case.

Microchips can be used in all animals from hamsters to horses, even birds, fish and reptiles and are a great, permanent way of identifying your pet should they go missing. Implanting a microchip is a straightforward procedure just like an injection.  Each chip has a unique code which is linked to the national 24 hour Petlog database which your veterinary practice will log all of your details with when your pet is microchipped.

For only £22.54 Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates can microchip your pet and register all of your details with Petlog.  New puppies / kittens can take advantage of our microchip promotion for £11 if done with the initial vaccinations.

Call 01580 752187 to make an appointment, Hawkhurst Surgery is open from 8.30am till 6pm, visit as well as the Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with all the latest news and offers.



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