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Anniematters Summer 2019

Summer is upon us again and every year we see cases of heatstroke. Unfortunately dogs are being walked when it’s far too hot and we have treated heatstroke cases already this summer. Please walk them very early or very late unless it’s still too warm, in which case don’t walk them at all. There are loads of fun ways to keep your pets cool though, check out some of the ways on our Facebook page. Put a small paddling pool up in the shade where they can lounge about in the water, cooling mats are also a good idea and can be nice for pets to lay on. Ice cubes can be used to cool your pets down but there is a risk they can damage teeth if the dog is overzealous in their chewing and has weakened teeth. It is important to never give ice cubes to a dog that is already overheated; this can make them seriously ill. Do make sure that you feel the ground before walking your dog; if you can’t hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds then it’s too hot to walk your dog. Also please never leave dogs in cars when the weather is warm.

Cover over hutches and runs so the rabbits and guinea pigs have plenty of shade and provide a heavy based bowl of water that can’t be knocked over, this is just in case the water bottle comes off the hutch so they’re not without water. Also please check their bottoms at least twice a day, if rabbits have dirty bottoms is can attract flies to lay eggs. These eggs turn into maggots and lead to flystrike which is a serious condition that can be fatal if not treated. It is a good idea to change their bedding more frequently to reduce the risk of attracting flies.

Fair cats, with pale ears and pink noses should have pet safe sun cream applied when going out, this helps limit sunburn which can turn into skin cancer.

We just want to remind people to not leave their dogs unattended with their collars on at home. We have unfortunately had cases where the collars have become caught on something with sometimes fatal consequences.

Grass seeds – innocuous to humans – but can be a real problem for dogs and cats as well. Recently we’ve been seeing up to 4 cases per vet each day. They can work their way up into dog’s ears, paws and noses – we even had to extract one from a cat’s eye! Sometimes they’re so hard to get to we have to anaesthetise the animal to get them out. After going for walks please inspect your dog’s feet – in between the toes, check their armpits and ears for any caught in the fur. The pointy end works its way into the skin and the barbs on it prevent it from coming out again, so it just works further and further inside the animal. If you notice your dog licking his or her foot and any swelling then please give us a call.

We are welcoming Oliver Williams back after being an intern at the Royal Veterinary College to shadow the specialists there. He is going to be returning with a wealth of knowledge. We know lots of clients, as well as us that will be so happy to have him back.

More time for you and your pets

Starting in September we will be changing our standard appointment time from 10 to 15 minutes. Please bear with us while we adjust to this change. We have taken the decision to allow more time for appointments as increasingly we are finding it very difficult to deliver the care we need to our patients without causing unnecessary delay to our clients. There will be no change in our charge for these appointments, but we will need to make some changes to our previously ‘no-charge’ appointments. Unfortunately, there is only so much time available in the day so we will inevitably have fewer appointments to offer. There are 10 vets to choose from across four branch surgeries and a home visiting service to call on. Increasingly we are having to cover holidays with temporary or ‘locum’ vets. We hope you will always have an appointment when you need it with your preferred vet at a location of your choice, but if your pet has an urgent problem, is in pain or unwell, we may ask you to see someone else.

We very much hope that this change will allow us to provide a better service for all our clients and allow our vets and nurses a little more time to deliver their excellent patient care.

Simon DeVile



Karolina Piekos

I graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland. I completed a 2 year Erasmus Plus international student exchange internship program in Italy, mostly in Radiology and Surgery Departments, University of Naples Federico II in 2015-2016. This has allowed me to broaden my knowledge and I was able to travel through the south coast of Italy. I moved to the United Kingdom in 2017. I have been working at St. Anne’s Veterinary Group since April 2018.

I will be more familiar to patients coming to the main surgery or to the Langney branch. I enjoy working here and I appreciate the team work that I experience on a daily basis. My favourite activities are surgery and diagnostic ultrasound at the moment but Veterinary Medicine is too wide a subject to choose any specialties yet!

In my spare time I love to cook especially the Italian dishes that I miss so much.

Jessie La Brooy

I qualified from The Royal Veterinary College in 2016. I worked for two and a half years in small animal practice in East Sussex before joining St. Anne's in February 2019.

I have a particular interest in Small Animal Medicine, particularly Feline Medicine and in the future I hope to do a certificate in one of these areas. At my previous practice I managed to achieve Silver Status in the ISFM Cat Friendly Practice, something I hope to achieve here one day.

I live with my husband Adam, beautiful cat Poppy and very naughty Border Collie Berry. In my spare time I like to train with Berry and am currently training her in Flyball, Agility and Obedience. We hope to compete one day if she is well behaved enough!

Rebecca Carapiet

I am a Student Veterinary Nurse with an interest in small mammals and exotics I was previously a Nursing Assistant at a Veterinary hospital in Brighton. I am married and have a cat that was brought in as a stray called Bee. In my spare time I enjoy nature and travelling.


Jade Wanmer

For those clients that have not already seen me about the practice, I’m Jade and I’ve been a Student Veterinary Nurse at St. Annes since September. I’m doing a three year Veterinary Nursing Degree and for this first year means I have been at St. Annes on Mondays and Tuesdays and the rest of the week at Plumpton College learning all the theory base and underpinning knowledge of veterinary nursing and the ins, outs and workings of animals. In April I was lucky enough to go out on a 10 day trip to South Africa. I stayed at Craig Doon Conservation Academy, in Grahamstown, near Port Elizabeth. You couldn’t leave anything outside as the monkeys or baboons would come and take it away and every morning you would be woken by the sound of the fruit bats in the fig tree outside! We had various talks, presentations and visits, from Basil Mills - an animal rescue and rehabilitation worker - the local pest patrol who brought snakes, geckos, beetles and chameleons - that they had found around the farm within 10 minutes of arriving - to show us the local wildlife and snakes to be wary of, including the venomous ‘Puff Adder’.

We visited the well-known Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary, part of the Shamwari Game Reserve, which houses lions and leopards; most of which have been rescued from being kept in houses as pets, including one that had been rescued from Paris after being kept in a flat and fed on pasta and fast food. We went out to Amakhala game reserve, where just driving along the normal, everyday road, we spotted a lion (wild!) just asleep in the shade of a small tree by the side of the road, as well as a tower of giraffes, wild zebras everywhere and family of elephants making their way down to a watering hole – you had to pinch yourself to remind yourself it was real!

At Amakhala we went out on safari and then back to their education room where they explained and demonstrated how they go out every day and track the lions using satellite and sound wave technology and do a count of how many are on the game reserve. They also took us through the sheer enormity and impact of rhino poaching in South Africa, which was totally heart wrenching and there wasn’t a dry eye in the building. The most rewarding part of the trip was working with the local SPCA – the South African equivalent of our RSPCA- seeing how they work and being shocked to find there was just one Veterinary Surgeon who runs the whole shelter as well as doing all the operations and endless amounts of neutering, doing the surgery and the anaesthetic all by herself – whereas here we have a team of people and Veterinary Nurses to monitor anaesthetics whilst the vet operates and post-operatively – but there was only her and a handful of volunteers that just come in to feed the animals. We went out with the SPCA vet to the local shanty town and vaccinated and wormed all the dogs. The people would come up to you with cardboard boxes full of puppies all needing vaccinations and worming and dogs that were underweight and with mange and worms, all needing treatment. Returning to the SPCA shelter and taking the dogs out into the local countryside for walks, you could see each dog light up with excitement and a new lease of energy in the open fresh air. It really goes to show where the Veterinary Nurse Profession can take you and opens your eyes to the difference that we can make to our animals, wherever in the world they -or you- may be. Now I have completed my first year, I’m excited to see just where this takes me in the following 2 years before - and also after- my registration as a qualified veterinary nurse.


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