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Claire joined AlphaPet in 2012 shortly after qualifying from Cambridge University Veterinary School and spending a few months traveling and volunteering with an animal charity in Porto, Portugal.
Although Claire enjoys performing surgery, her main passion is medicine and she has recently completed a three year post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine. This has been a fantastic learning opportunity and she is now able to provide both internal and external referral services for pets with more complex medical conditions.
Alphapet’s extended medical consultations allow them the time needed to sit down and discuss your pet’s clinical history in detail and to examine them thoroughly. This makes sure every important detail is covered. They will then be able to talk in depth about the next steps in diagnosing and treating your pet, and also cover any questions you may have. Both their West Meads and our Chichester surgeries are very well equipped with digital X-ray, ultrasound, blood machines and a surgical theatre, so, if necessary, they will normally be able to perform this investigation quickly and without the need for additional travel on your behalf. Their West Meads surgery is an RCVS recognised hospital meaning that if your pet needs to be hospitalised with them they will nursed by their experienced nursing team who are on site 24 hours a day.
There are many instances where an extended medical consultation can be helpful, for example animals already diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes, cushings, and allergic skin disease as well as animals who are unwell but who have not yet had any investigation. It is not just younger animals who benefit from a more in-depth medical consultation; our older pets often suffer from more than one condition at a time and making sure that we fine tune their treatment can greatly improve their quality of life.
Outside of work Claire enjoys running and tries to compete in half marathons when her legs allow it – often persuading her partner Tom to join her! They have recently been renovating their new home and getting to grips with DIY. Always on hand to “help” is their three-legged cat Pod who is another AlphaPet stray who came in to them 3 years ago with an old fracture of his back leg that couldn’t be repaired. He doesn’t let this hold him back and can often be found precariously perched on our walls and fences!