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Thriving in Practice workshop

Recently, we arranged a training day for the whole team about how to maintain resilience in the face of what, as you might imagine, can be a very emotionally demanding job. The lovely Torphichen Inn hosted us for the workshop and kept us well fed and watered throughout the day. The session was set up and run by the brilliant [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:43+00:00March 1st, 2020|

Fiona and Paula SPVS Conference 2020

  Fiona and Paula headed off on a mammoth road trip on 23rd January to attend the annual SPVS Conference. This was being held in the beautiful Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.  The congress is the only one of its kind, in that there are no clinical lectures, it is all about managing the practice from leadership and mental [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:43+00:00February 10th, 2020|

Gina – Emergency and Critical Care conference

Our vet Gina (who you may recall did a client talk on pet CPR recently) spent this Wednesday further honing her skills at an Emergency and Critical Care conference hosted by VetsNow in Glasgow. Whilst the topics of fluid therapy for patients in shock and decontamination of patients exposed to toxins were a good refresher of topics Gina was already [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:44+00:00February 6th, 2020|

Christmas Bauble Competition 2019 – Results!

Westport Vet's Design a Christmas Bauble Competition 2019 was a great success! The competition was to design or decorate a Westport Christmas Bauble, the entry forms had a blank white Bauble with the Westport logo on. 170 local children submitted bauble design entries - all of which were outstanding! To pick winners, the baubles were divided into categories by age [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:44+00:00January 30th, 2020|

Nicola’s Clinical Animal Behaviour Course Part 3

At the end of November, Nicola completed the training for the third block of her clinical animal behaviour course. The first two days focused on pain and the impact this can have on behaviour. Indeed, sometimes the only sign of a painful condition can be a change in your pet's behaviour, such as being more sound sensitive than usual or [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:44+00:00December 6th, 2019|


At Westport Vets, we are very aware of our responsibility toward the environment, and are constantly striving to improve our practices and reduce any detrimental impact that we have on the planet. Across our three branches, we have steadily been making changes behind the scenes, as well as front of house.  Unfortunately, being a medical industry, there are some things [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:44+00:00December 5th, 2019|

Stuarts Oral Surgery – Reconstruction and Plastics CPD

Stuart travelled to the Accesia Academy in Sweden to attend their course on Oral Surgery - Reconstruction and Plastics. The journey was fairly simple with a quick easyJet hop from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, and then a train journey across The Bridge (featured in a famous TV show) into Sweden and then North to Halmstad. On arrival it was cold, wet [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:44+00:00December 3rd, 2019|

Claire – ECC (emergency and critical care) UK Congress

Claire recently has come back from attending the 16th ECC (emergency and critical care) UK Congress at The Royal Armouries in Leeds. The ECC Congress, organised by Vets NoW, had many different lecture streams which included: Foundations of ECC – ideal for those new to emergency or recent graduates Advanced stream –  certificate holders and experienced ECC practitioners can expect [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:45+00:00November 26th, 2019|

How to ‘cat proof’ your Christmas tree

As most cat owners will know cats and Christmas trees do not always go well together! Cats and kittens love to climb trees, and are naturally attracted to the flashing lights, baubles and tinsel that adorn many Christmas trees. As such, we at Westport have compiled a list of things you could try to “cat-proof” your tree. Set up the [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:45+00:00November 25th, 2019|

Christmas poisonings

Christmas is the time to have fun, celebrate and indulge ourselves a little. As members  of the family our pets often get to indulge a little bit too. But the Christmas season carries a whole host of dangers to our pets, from toxic foods to dangerous seasonal plants. Dangerous food and drink Chocolate - Chocolate contains a drug called theobromine, [...]

2023-01-23T11:31:45+00:00November 21st, 2019|