Health and veterinary

Many dogs and cats arrive at Battersea in robust health and need little more than a quick check-over, vaccination, worming and flea treatment. However, others arrive in poor condition or ill health and it is up to our team of six vets and 25 nurses to care for them and nurse them back to fitness, ready for a fresh start in a new permanent home.

The charity cares for more than 8,500 dogs and cats every year and all of them will be examined by a veterinary surgeon during their stay. Battersea employs a Clinic team of 33 staff across its three sites, including six veterinary surgeons, 25 veterinary nurses and two animal welfare assistants. Battersea is also an approved nurse training practice and currently has seven student nurses.

Some 3,684 operations were carried out in 2012 by Battersea, covering a wide range of conditions. In October 2010 the charity’s London theatre facilities were extended to provide an additional double operating theatre and a separate recovery area for cats. These facilities were officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.

Our vets treat a huge variety of conditions, details of some recent cases can be seen here. There is also information about some common veterinary conditions and answers to some of the questions frequently asked by pet owners, especially when they take their rescue dog or cat home with them for the first time.

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