Our highly skilled team of dedicated veterinary surgeons and nurses work hard to provide the best possible care for all our small animals, 365 days a year, 24/7.
Priory Vets in Cardigan was founded in 1935 and has been at our present premises in Gwalia Gardens, Pwllhai since 1976.
Following the relocation of the Farm Animal and Equine Department to Unit 11, Parc Teifi in August 2011, our small animal surgery underwent a major refurbishment and now offers state of the art hospital facilities.
We also have branch surgeries in Dark Gate Street, Aberaeron and High Street, Crymych.
Our aim is to ensure continuity of care for all our patients, so they can be seen by vets that know them and who are able to offer the best and most appropriate treatment.
A visit to the vets can be a stressful experience for any pet, so to minimise this discomfort we provide separate waiting zones for cats and dogs.
Our new hospital boasts two operating theatres, an ergonomically designed double prep room, a bespoke digital X-ray room, an isolation room, a high-capacity cattery and walk-in kennels complete with heated flooring.
Priory Vets is committed to continued investment in its facilities and equipment, to ensure high standards of care at all times.
Small Animal Services
We offer morning and afternoon surgeries during the week at our Cardigan and Preseli surgeries. Saturday morning appointments are also available at our Cardigan surgery. Please phone for an appointment; these can be made in advance, or on the day for genuine emergencies. Our Aberaeron branch holds surgeries every weekday morning from 9.00 am - 10.00 am and on Thursdays between 1.15 pm and 2.15 pm.
At Cardigan we have facilities to carry out many routine and emergency surgical procedures. We also offer diagnostic facilities including:
- Ultrasound scanning
- Blood pressure monitoring
Our qualified veterinary nurses carry out pre- and post-op checks and dental checks. They also run various specialist clinics for weightcontrol, diabetes, behaviour, physiotherapy, senior pets, puppies and kittens, and rabbits. In some cases where animals are coming in for regular medications, treatment will also be carried out by our nurses. In addition, our nurses clip nails, implant microchips and give second vaccinations.
We are fully equipped to provide your pets with the best possible care if they have to undergo any surgical procedure. Our nurses are responsible for monitoring the anaesthesia and will be with your pet throughout the procedure. They use various monitoring equipment to keep all animals as safe as possible under anaesthesia.
We carry out neutering, small surgical procedures and dentistry daily. We also carry out more advanced soft tissue and orthopaedic operations at our Cardigan surgery.
At our Cardigan Surgery we provide separate kennelling and cattery facilities, so dogs and cats can be kept comfortable but away from one another. We are also able to accommodate other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs and various wildlife species, which are often brought in by members of the public, We can accommodate your pet for as long a time as is required. Overnight checks will be carried out by our on-call vets as necessary, the frequency of which will depend on the animal's condition.
We have an in-house lab that enables us to analyse many samples and get results rapidly, although in some cases we may need to send samples to an external laboratory for specialist advice. Our lab work includes…
Blood testing - we are able to run many blood samples in house, which gives us answers within half an hour. In some cases, we may need to also send of samples to external laboratories for specialist testing, which usually provide results within 36-48 hours.
Microscopy - This can be useful to assess the nature of a lump found on your animal, or to investigate ear disease, for example. This can be done in house, or occasionally we may send samples away for specialist advice.
Urinalysis - As well as investigating suspected urinary or systemic disease, we may also ask you to collect a urine sample as part of our free routine monitoring schemes for certain drug types.
In some instances we may advise referral for your animal. In these cases specialist expertise will be required to investigate and treat your animal's condition. We liaise closely with various referral centres and will keep in touch with them whilst they are treating your animal. We will then be able to provide much necessary follow-up care once your animal has been discharged.
In addition to traditional veterinary services, we also offer homeopathic treatments and acupuncture, together with pet physiotherapy.
Our head nurse, Brenda Slade, is a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme Member - Working Towards Accreditation, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience on pet behaviour problems. She runs weekly puppy and dog training classes at Unit 11, and also offers individual behaviour consultations at the surgery or at your home. Following the initial consultation you will receive a report with an assessment of your pet’s behaviour and recommendations for a treatment plan. On-going telephone support is also offered and follow-up sessions if needed.
Dog and Puppy classes are held every Thursday at Unit 11, Parc Teifi, Cardigan:
- Adult dogs over 12 months, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Puppies under 18 weeks, 7:30 pm to 8 pm
- Junior dogs, over 5 months, 8 pm to 8:30 pm.
- All dogs should be fully vaccinated before attending.
Please ring the surgery to book your place.
We require 48hrs notice for all repeat prescriptions. This is to allow vets time to authorise and dispense medication, in order to avoid disappointment for our clients when calling to collect prescriptions. Thank you for your co-operation.