Shaw Veterinary Centre was built in 1989, and was originally a branch surgery of Eastcott Veterinary Hospital. When David Warnes joined the practice in 1993 to run Shaw Veterinary Centre it was still a one-vet surgery, although it has gradually expanded over the years. David and his wife Caroline bought the practice back in 2006, and the practice has continued to expand until we now have 2 full-time and one part-time vets, 3 full-time and one part-time Veterinary Nurses and two full-time receptionists.
Not surprisingly we gradually outgrew the original unit, and were very fortunate to be able to take on the lease for the unit next door as this has allowed us to enlarge our premises to provide a much better service to our pets and their owners including a much larger waiting room and reception area, two extra consulting rooms, separate kennel areas for cats and dogs, an isolation area and a separate prep room and operating theatre.
We are very proud of all our members of staff, some who have been with the practice for many years and others who have recently joined the practice. Between us we offer expertise in a range of disciplines including small animal medicine, surgery, diagnostics including ultrasound and radiography and behaviour. We have also invested in the most up-to-date equipment including a new anaesthetic system, digital X-ray processor and ultrasound machine to enable us to offer the highest standards of veterinary care.
In addition to offering the best of care when your pets are ill, we place high importance on preventing illness, and we run a range of health, wellness and behaviour clinics for pets of all ages, see Our Services for more details.
We are extremely proud to announce that Shaw Veterinary Centre has passed the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme inspection at the highest level open to us, with some very positive feedback from the Inspector. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulates the veterinary profession. The Practice Standards Scheme is a voluntary initiative: not all practices are part of it yet.
What accreditation means for you and your pets. Pets are members of the family and you rightly expect that they will receive excellent medical and surgical treatment. RCVS accreditation means peace of mind for you, knowing that Shaw Veterinary Centre is taking every step to ensure the highest quality care for you and your pet throughout the practice.
To become accredited we volunteered for a rigorous inspection by an independent Veterinary Inspector. Our new premises were specially designed to fulfil the stringent criteria required. Our state-of-the-art equipment including ultrasound, electrocardiography and digital radiography enable us to investigate your pets’ disorders in depth.
We have always been keen to continuously update our knowledge and this commitment has been recognised. Behind the scenes you can be confident that we have robust Health and Safety policies including strict hygiene protocols. We also have regular vet meetings where we discuss cases, always looking for the best treatments available.
You will now see this logo on our stationary and practice literature: a symbol that we are very proud of. Only about half of UK practices have been accredited and even fewer have passed at the ‘Small Animal Practice’ level: a much higher standard of care.
We will always maintain these standards and we also look to improve all the time. Our next inspection will be in 2016 and we will be subjected to spot-checks by the RCVS between full inspections.
We have always been committed to giving you and your pets the best possible veterinary care and are very proud that this has been recognised by our governing body.
David and Caroline Warnes and all the Staff at Shaw Veterinary Centre