Goodbye to Rogers Wildlife

This is the time of year when birds are rearing their young. We receive a great many calls from good Samaritans anxious about young birds, so I thought it might be helpful to draw attention to the RSPCAs online advice on this. Parent birds are much better at caring for their babies than even experienced […]

Student VN Awareness Month

When I was a vet student, the veterinary nurses were mythical dragons. There were very few of them. They dressed in dark green and swooped in to rescue patients when we students were making a mess of things. They rarely spoke, and when they did, it was invariably to make scathing comment on my rudimentary […]

Happy Easter!

I adore chocolate, especially at Easter time. But very sadly it does not love me. But I should be grateful. If I choose to eat chocolate, or any other foods based on dairy, I only get colic-like symptoms, abdominal pain, excessive wind and other symptoms I’ll leave out, as not suitable reading for a family […]

Vestibular disease

“Barney has collapsed!” Whenever I see a message like this on my appointment list, I know I have a serious situation to deal with.   So I had no problem going out to meet Barney’s family in the car park. After all, it’s not easy to carry a twenty-five kilo Belgian Shepherd into the Clinic. […]

Pet first aid course

This is your last call to book a space on our Pet First Aid Course. If you would like to join me on Monday 7th February to learn how to cope in a pet emergency, then email us at to book your place. The talk starts at 6.30pm, finishing at around 8pm. It will […]

It’s an emergency

Your pet rabbit has been chewing the electric wires again. Suddenly all the lights go out, and Nibbles has stopped moving and is now lying flat on her side.  There’s no time to rush to the vets – you need to act now.  What do you do? Well, those with first aid training know that […]

New Colleagues at The Mewes

This week we are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming multiple new colleagues. Dr Alice Denning MRCVS is Sussex born and raised. She qualified from Bristol vet school, and has spent the last 12 months working for a busy practice in Hereford. She is now coming to settle back in Sussex. Before university Alice was an […]

Fishing is dangerous to wildlife

Fishing and animals just don’t seem to mix. I have been rebuked often enough for walking my dog near a fishing lake to know to go another way. The fishermen are worried my water loving hound will scare off the fish. I worry that she might get entangled in a line or be impaled by […]

Our usual routine of welcoming work experience students has restarted

I had a very special message from one such school student recently. She wrote to thank us and let us know that she had just heard that she had won her place at vet school in Cambridge. I felt very uplifted that we had played a small part in that success, and that she had […]

Allowing your pet to be admitted to the veterinary hospital is hard

Every day I see pet owners who have brought their pets to us, because they trust us to know what to do, and how to do it safely. We have particularly appreciated that trust during the pandemic. But who are the people looking after those pets? As the vet, I make the decisions, perform the […]