HEXHAM’S oldest veterinary practice is set for a new era with the arrival of vet Honor Etherington.
Honor admits she is delighted to be taking over the running of Hadrian Vets following the retirement earlier this year of long-serving vet Eric Nelson, who previously ran the practice with wife Wendy.
She puts high clinical standards and client education among her top priorities when she takes over as senior vet at the surgery in Dene Avenue on June 27.
Hadrian Vets is Hexham’s longest-established veterinary practice, and was taken over earlier this year by the VetPartners group, which owns some of the UK’s most respected and trusted veterinary businesses, including the North East’s biggest veterinary group, Westway Veterinary Centres, which has a branch in nearby Corbridge.
Durham-born Honor qualified from Edinburgh University in 2004, and has worked in small animal practices in the North East, as well as in emergency and critical care.
She is working towards her Advanced GP Certificate in small animal mixed medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to further improve her skills.
She joins Hadrian Vets from Sunderland Vets4Pets, where she has worked for the past nine years.
Honor said: “Hadrian Vets is a highly respected practice and this is a fantastic new challenge to help take it forward into a new era.
“VetPartners is a group dedicated to improving clinical standards, which is very important, and all the values that are important to me are shared by the team at Hadrian Vets.
“I have always set high clinical standards, and looked at ways to educate clients, implement best practice ideas, high levels of care and a good client experience. Clients want the best possible service at a reasonable price, and with a good outcome for their pets.”
Honor is renowned for her veterinary care of rabbits, with clients from all over the north of England bringing their bunnies to her for regular healthcare check-ups and advice.
Rabbit Awareness Week, a national event run by Burgess Excel, runs from June 17 to 25, and the focus of this year’s campaign is feeding fresh, high-quality hay and grass every day.
Honor said: “I do a lot of rabbit work, covering all aspects of their care, including dental treatment, medicine and surgery. Rabbit nutrition is something I’m very passionate about.”
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