Vet Nurse’s Determination To Learn Places Her Among World Elite

Caroline Boothroyd

A veterinary nurse at a north west animal hospital is one of just a handful of professionals across the world to hold two highly-prestigious international qualifications at the same time. Caroline Boothroyd from Linnaeus-owned Northwest Veterinary Specialists (NWVS) is recognised as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in two fields – oncology and small animal internal…

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10 early warning signs of cancer in our pets

Pet Cancer

Identifying early signs of possible cancer in your pets in Runcorn and getting a quick diagnosis can help to save the lives of our pets. Here we provide some information on things you can look out for: 1 Lumps and bumps on or under the skin Regularly run your hands gently across your pet’s skin,…

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Why do we need to keep antibiotics working?

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Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate and adapt to reduce the effects of antibiotics. Antibiotics can also affect ‘good bacteria’ and cause harm. New antibiotic drugs are not easy to develop, so we need to preserve the efficiency of the drugs we have. Antibacterial resistance is a global One Health concern for People, Planet and…

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NWVS Sustainability Projects

At North West Veterinary Specialists our team have worked hard to implement several environmental projects, here are just a few of them: Biodiversity and Conservation Our Bee Friendly Garden in Runcorn We are now officially a bee-friendly veterinary practice! We have achieved this status by establishing a planting area of over 1m2 that is filled…

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Protect your pet from the sun

As we head into the summer months in Runcorn and temperatures start rising, it’s important to remember that your pets are most vulnerable at this time to many injuries and illnesses which are brought on by hot weather, including sunburn, foot pad burns, dehydration and the most dangerous of all, heatstroke. While heat stress is…

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Air rifle shot shatters cat’s leg

Obi - Air rifle story

A shocked cat lover has told the shameful story of how her precious pet was seriously wounded after being shot by an air rifle. The one-year-old cat, called Obi, suffered a shattered leg in the shooting and needed a two-hour operation to remove the pellet and repair the widespread damage. Obi’s owner Hayley Williams, from…

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Festive turkey bone scare for westie Alfie

Alfie - chicken bone story

A beloved Westie who suffered a very unhappy new year after he gobbled down a festive turkey bone is none the worse for wear after the swift actions of the Northwest Veterinary Specialists team Alfie, the 11-year-old West Highland White Terrier spent the new year bank holiday receiving emergency treatment after the bone became stuck…

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Micro-surgery on miniature dog makes massive difference


A miniature dog who could barely move and was in constant pain after suffering serious spinal damage is back on his feet thanks to intricate surgery using tiny screws to stabilise his vertebrae. Two-year-old Chihuahua cross Tyson weighed just 1.7kg, which posed a heavyweight challenge for our experts here at NWVS. Scans revealed Tyson had…

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