Behind the Scenes

A Typical Day at The Animal House...

(definition:- anything can happen and usually does)


Staff are already on the premises before 8.00a.m looking after hospital patients and preparing for the day. Inpatients checked​, ongoing cases continued, animals are admitted for surgery and other procedures. Day time hours have begun. Veterinary staff and receptionists are receiving the first consultations of the day.

Further duties are delegated. Theatre is prepared for routine operations. Blood tests are taken and processed. Inpatients continue to be cleaned, exercised, watered, fed and medicated where appropriate. Typical weekday sees around 6 inpatients including wildlife, 10 prebooked routine ops and emergencies as they occur. Cases are admitted as necessary from morning consultations. Meetings are held throughout the day at times found where they do not interrupt clinical procedures or managers' hands on duties.

Animals have been prepared for theatre and operations have begun.


Cases continue to be admitted. Theatre, lab work and hospital checks continue. 2 vets are consulting, 1 nurse is consulting, 2 vets are operating 1 vet is floating (does whatever there is more of: x-raying, seeing urgent cases etc.)


Staff try to take alternating lunch breaks until 2.00 p.m. Consultations have finished, theatre is still busy. hospital patients are monitored. Typical cases we may see other than routine planned procedures are broken legs, poisonings, ataxia and fits, woundings, broken pelvis, road traffic incidents, parvo virus, leptospirosis, cat flu, foreign bodies, pyometra, collapse, abscesses,etc. Reps sometimes give 1 hours lecture on new treatments over lunch. Consultation rooms are cleaned and re-stocked. Waiting areas are cleaned. This is the perfect time to update our existing clients about their animals progress, and undertake administrative tasks.


Afternoon consultations begin. Routine ops have been completed and patients are in recovery. Cases continue to be admitted.

Urgent cases are seen as they arrive. Theatre and hospital work continues. Ordering of drugs and consumables for next day delivery is done.

Case conferences are carried out over unusual and interesting cases involving the vet and nursing team.


Consultations for evening surgery begin. Routine op patients are discharged. Cases continue to be admitted. Theatre has been cleaned and instruments are washed and sterilised unless operations are being carried out on urgent cases. Inpatients continue to be checked and decisions made about their ongoing treatments based on their day's progess and any test results that have come through from external labs.

6.00p.m. onwards

Consultations continue until 6.30pm and the whole of theatre, lab, prep room, x-ray room, dentistry area and hospital are cleaned. Inpatients are continuously monitored. Cases that are not staying overnight are discharged. Some staff leave and others remain to continue to monitor impatients and undertake tasks not completed in the day.

The entire surgery is cleaned before 8.a.m. and we start all over again.

The call is in- we have an emergency...

The team rally to stabilise

An x-ray is needed

Lab tests are processed

Life saving surgery is conducted

Sleepy, but recovering nicely.