Vets combine to boost pet service

THE Veterinary Hospitals in Coffs Harbour will soon change the way they provide after-hours emergency services.

All of the veterinary hospitals have decided to work together to provide a combined district veterinary emergency service. This means that individual veterinary hospitals will no longer have their own vet on call 24 hours a day, and all clients requiring urgent veterinary care will be directed to the duty veterinary hospital for that night or weekend.

“We believe this will provide better overall care for the pets and livestock of Coffs Harbour” spokesman for the group, Dr Vicky McClure said.

“The practice on duty will be geared up to expect emergency calls. In-hours services will be enhanced by well-rested, happy vets looking after the animals. A further benefit to animal owners will be that Coffs Harbour will be able to attract higher quality veterinarians previously reluctant to move to our area because of after-hours responsibilities. Communication between veterinarians will ensure pets and owners receive good continuity of service despite being treated at different practices.”

The system is similar to the shared after-hours services provided by human doctors in Coffs Harbour.

Pet owners are encouraged to discuss the details of the system with their regular veterinarian.

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