Choosing a practice isn't always straightforward so here are some things to consider when making your decision.
Not all Vets are the Same
It is important to know that not all veterinary practices are the same.
The vast majority of veterinary practices are graded as General Practice and there are approximately 300 in Scotland. The highest standard of practice, such as Ayrton, is graded as Veterinary Hospital. There are only 8 of those in Scotland and Ayrton is the only one in Central Scotland outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
24 Hour On-Site Cover for Your Pet
One of the most important aspects of being a Veterinary Hospital is that we have members of staff on the premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These members of the veterinary team are specifically responsible for the care and observation of any in-patients.
In most general veterinary practices there is no-one on the premises after the end of evening surgery or over weekends. This means that there is no-one on the premises to look after any patients that are kept in overnight. No-one to notice that an i/v drip line has become blocked, for example, or that a patient has started to vomit or is showing pain. If your pet has to be admitted for veterinary treatment you would like to know that there is someone there to look after them. The ability to provide 24 hour nursing care is one of the strongest reasons to choose a BVHA member Veterinary Hospital to look after your animals, not just for emergencies, but for routine care and vaccinations as well.
Here in an Emergency
As a Veterinary Hospital we always have members of our own staff on the premises, so in an emergency just call our practice number and one of our vets will pick up the phone and get the hospital ready for your arrival.
We believe in a personal service and want you to have the re-assurance that there will be a human voice at the end of the line at that most stressful moment.
State of the Art Technology for State of the Art Care
Ayrton has always been one of the country’s most progressive practices and in 2007 we were the first practice in Scotland, and one of the very few in the UK, to carry out a Bitch Spay using keyhole surgery (Laparoscopic Bitch Spay). Laparoscopic surgery, by making just small holes instead of large incisions, allows quicker healing with greatly reduced pain and discomfort to the animal. This gives a much more rapid recovery and return to normal activity and is widely used in human surgery for just that reason.
Another advanced technique we use is called Endoscopy which allows us to investigate and visualise the inside of your pet’s body by passing a thin tube with a tiny video camera and bright light on the end, without having to cut them open. The endoscopic equipment we use is the same used in NHS hospitals.
Our use of Laparoscopy and Endoscopy was inspired by their use in human surgery - and the inspiration doesn’t stop there. For example the anaesthetic we use, SEVOFLURANE, is the same anaesthetic used in most human hospitals and it provides the safest and most effective results in animal recovery.
The comparison with human hospitals also extends to the radiography, in house- laboratory, and diagnostic imaging equipment we use.
BVHA Hospital members have voluntarily agreed to have an intensive examination and inspection of their practices. This inspection is carried out by independent inspectors appointed by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), our governing body.
The inspection covers a whole range of issues relating to the care of patients - for example the continuing education of staff, the provision of anaesthetic monitoring and laboratory equipment, the quality of radiographic (X-ray) facilities and the quality of the case records. It also covers the physical aspects of the buildings - for example the provision of suitable padded stables for anaesthetising horses in Equine Veterinary Hospitals and isolation facilities to prevent the spread of disease from infectious patients.