Hafren Vets

Welcome

Hafren Veterinary Group has branches in Newtown, Llanidloes and Crossgates.

We are a long established veterinary practice in Powys that has served the local large and small animal community for over 100 years.

At Hafren Vets we pride ourselves on being a committed team of veterinary surgeons, nurses and support staff.

Services & facilities

Consulting rooms
Each branch has well equipped consulting rooms providing our vets with the space and facilities for comprehensive examinations.

Surgery
Full surgical facilities are available with comprehensive anaesthesia monitoring for various procedures such as soft tissue surgery, dentals, routine neutering and other elective and non-elective operations.

Small animal surgical referrals
Our Llanidloes surgery offers a referral service, unique to the area. Dianne Batten BVM&S MRCVS CertSAS is a vet with over 20 years expertise in advanced small animal, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, e.g.

– Heart / liver / lung surgery
– Repair of difficult fractures
– Airway surgery
– Orofacial / ophthalmic surgery
– Spinal surgery
– Correction of growth deformities

Hafren Veterinary Group is one of only 20 practices in the country to offer a complex orthopaedic operation called a sliding humeral osteotomy, which is an advanced technique used in the treatment of severe elbow osteoarthritis.

Diagnostic imaging
We have digital radiography facilities producing high grade detailed images to aid diagnosis. We also have the resource of endoscopy and both large and small animal ultrasound.

Laboratories
Our in house laboratories are equipped with state of the art haematology, biochemistry and electrolyte machines allowing for accurate blood test results usually within a few hours. This enables our vets to reach a diagnosis and plan treatment as efficiently as possible.

Other laboratory facilities include microscopy, urine analysis equipment and staining equipment for examination of samples.

Kennels
Purpose built kennel amenities providing comfortable and warm accommodation both before and after treatment.

Homeopathy and acupuncture
Both acupuncture and homeopathic treatments are available through referral to our VetFMHom qualified vet Jane Spreull.

Farm animals

Hafren Veterinary Group has been treating farm animals for well over 100 years.

We look after all types of farming enterprises including dairy, beef suckler and beef fattening units. We attend both commercial cross-bred and pedigree herds.

Our vets are experienced in all aspects of bovine medicine and surgery and each has their own area of special interest.

We also look after several hundred sheep flocks varying from very large commercial flocks, many pedigree flocks, some small holding flocks right down to individual pet sheep. Our vets are enormously experienced and take a very active role in one of the most densely populated sheep areas in the UK. We are very pro-active in disease prevention and optimisation of production.

We also see a number of goats, pigs and other livestock.

Cat info

Cats are now the most popular domestic pet in the UK. Although some people still get a cat almost by accident you would be wise to think carefully about everything a cat requires before going ahead. A cat needs lots of love and care, including regular preventative treatment for worms and other parasites, vaccinations and dental care. You will also need to keep an eye out for other potential health problems such as ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new kitten or cat hasn’t been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered by your vet.

Cats are very independent and often go wandering over large distances. If your cat goes missing it is very difficult to identify its owner unless it carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your cat microchipped – will avoid heartache in the long run should your cat go missing.

Don’t forget that cats need somewhere warm to sleep, a litter tray, a constant supply of water, daily feeds and toys to play with. You will have to take into account the costs for food, cat litter, veterinary care and pet insurance. You will also have to pay for cattery charges when you go on holiday.

Cats commonly live up to 14 years old and occasionally much longer, over this time your cat will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. You need to provide all of this to ensure you and your cat make the most of your time together.

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Dog info

Dogs are one of the most popular domestic pets in the UK. If you are thinking of buying a dog it is really important to think carefully about all aspects of the choice before going ahead. The type and breed of dog you choose is likely to have a big influence on the care it needs so make sure that your dog is suitable for your lifestyle. A dog needs lots of love and care, including regular preventative treatment for worms and other parasites, vaccinations and dental care. You will also need to keep an eye out for potential health problems, including ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new puppy or dog hasn’t been neutered contact your vet to make discuss this.

Although most dogs do not often wander off on their own it is important that it carries some form of permanent identification to identify it if it is lost or stolen. In dogs the simplest form of permanent identification is a tiny microchip inserted under the skin in the neck which carries a unique number which identifies your dog’s details on a central database. If your dog is not yet microchipped you should contact your vet to arrange for this to be done. Microchipping will become compulsory for dogs from April 2016 so there is little point delaying.

Dogs love human company and, unlike cats, often seek constant human contact. Don’t forget that dogs need somewhere warm to sleep, a constant supply of water, daily feeds, toys to play with and regular exercise. You will have to take into account the cost of care for a dog, including food, veterinary care and pet insurance. You will also have to pay kennel charges when you go on holiday.

Pure bred dogs can live for up to 10 years old depending on their breed and some will live even longer. Over this time your dog will expect lots of care, companionship, exercise, time for play and grooming. You need to be sure you can provide all of this so that you and your dog can make the most of your time together.

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Equine

We offer a full range of equine services. We regularly visit horses for emergency and routine treatments. We use our own laboratory for analysis of most samples giving same day results. Some samples we send to selected specialist laboratories.

We have an ultrasound scanner which is used for assessment of mare reproductive status and pregnancy diagnosis. This can be done at the stable or at one of our bases where we have “stocks” for safer handling (and no visit fee). We offer an experienced stud service and regularly use artificial insemination, or prepare mares to visit the stallion at the correct time.

We also can use the scanner for tendons and other diagnostic services.

We have x-ray equipment for use as required. We regularly perform castrations and some other surgical procedures. For more major surgeries we refer patients to specialist surgical facilities.

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