Laparoscopic Ovariectomy (Keyhole Spay)


“Because small holes hurt less and heal quicker.”


Keyhole Spay Tower


A ‘keyhole spay’, or a ‘laparoscopic ovariectomy’ to
use the technical term, is an alternative to traditional spaying (ovariohysterectomy) in dogs. The traditional spay has been used successfully for decades for neutering female dogs but the new technique gives all the benefits that keyhole surgery gives to humans.


The ovary is removed by being cauterised, there are no internal sutures.

The ovary is removed by being cauterised, there are no internal sutures.

Ovariectomy involves removing the ovaries only. The traditional spay involves removing the ovaries and the uterus (womb) which is a full ovariohysterectomy. The ovariectomy procedure is standard practice in most European countries and it has recently been shown that there is no reason to remove the uterus unless problems with the uterus have been identified. The data on this has been published in ‘Veterinary Surgery’ and the conclusion is that ovariectomy is the preferred method of sterilisation in the dog. Leaving the uterus means the surgery is less invasive.

Keyhole Spay Positioning 2

Keyhole Spay requires a larger clipped area of the abdomen

In addition, leaving the uterus intact, allows the uterus to continue to sling the bladder forward thus meaning no known risk of urinary incontinence later in life. This problem is more common in large breed bitches.

Laparoscopic techniques are often faster (less suturing) reducing the length of time the animal is anaesthetised. A larger clipped area is required to allow access for the surgical instruments.

Keyhole Spay Surgery

Instruments are inserted via 2 small incisions

The keyhole technique allows the surgeon to perform surgical procedures with a much smaller incision. This reduces pain and hastens healing. Also as there is less handling of internal tissues, there is less internal pain post surgery.

As the visualisation of all the tissues is improved using laparoscopy, and as the uterus is left intact, there are fewer complications during the surgery.

After a laparoscopic spay, your pet may recover so quickly, it is difficult to keep her as quiet as you will be advised! As with any surgical procedure, complications can arise due to the anaesthetic, bleeding, infection post-operatively and wound breakdown.  All risks are reduced with laparoscopic procedures.

The protocol is the same as a ‘traditional’ spay. We carry out the procedure before the first season or mid way between two seasons.

To find out any more information please contact us 01444 363636

PET CARE PLAN – join our discount scheme



Join our discount scheme and enjoy the following benefits:



  • Health Check and Annual Vaccination
  • Six month Health Check
  • A year’s supply of Flea Control (Advocate)
  • A year’s supply of Worming (Droncit/Profender)

All this for a monthly cost payable by direct debit:

  • Cat – £12.25
  • Small Dog (0-10kg) – £12.00
  • Medium Dog (10kg-25kg) – £13.25
  • Large Dog (25kg-40kg) – £15.50
  • Giant Dog (40kg+) – £23.00

For more information please contact us on 01444 363636.


New Puppy? Join our Puppy Socialisation Classes


At Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic we offer a 4 week Puppy Socialisation Class for puppies that have had their initial vaccinations.Stanley

Training of your new puppy should start when you pick him/her up from the breeder.

Most puppy training classes won’t accept puppies until after their Initial Vaccine Course.

Our 4 week Puppy Socilisation Classes start after the 1st Vaccination.

The aim of the classes is to get your puppy used to visiting the Vets from a young age. It will teach vital ‘life skills’ which will help your puppy become a well adjusted adult dog in the future.

The classes are carried out in a controlled manner with all puppies on leads.

Held each Wednesday between 13.30-14.30

For Puppies from 8 week old who are registered with us, have had their 1st Vaccination and have had a health Check from one of our Vets.

Get Your Pet used to the Vet

Examination of your puppy
Puppy Examination
Crate Training
Crate Training
Sitting on the weighing scales
Scales Training

Sit, Down, Wait





Plus information on:

  • Flea and Worm Treatments
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering
  • General Puppy Care
    Any other questions? Just Ask

All puppies completing the course will receive a goody bag and certificate

Invites are sent out to puppies having been to Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic for their initial vaccinations.

Please speak to a Veterinary Nurse to book your place


Christmas Fair and Open Day Sunday 4th December 2016

Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic

‘Come and join us on Sunday 4th December

for a glass of Mulled Wine and a Mince Pie’

Once again we are holding our very popular Christmas Fair and Open Day.

  • Raffle (tickets on sale now!) – all money raised will be divided equally between Paws and Claws,The Happy Breed Foundation and Rogers Wildlife Rescue
  • Stallholders selling Christmas Gifts, Cakes, Cards, Health and Beauty Products and Jewellery.
  • Tombola and Lucky Dip.
  • Tour of the Veterinary Practice including a chance to win a prize by completing our Quiz.
  • Meet the Team
  • and much more……

Please tell your friends and family. Everyone is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Merry Christmas

The role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse

RVN Badge

Ever wondered what the role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse is in Practice? Then here is all the information that you need.

The role of the Veterinary Nurse is extremely varied. Here at Mid Sussex our Veterinary nurses are responsible for working on reception; answering the phone, making appointments and taking payments (there are no receptionists here!)Reception
Taking blood samples





Veterinary nurses are responsible for preparing patients for their anaesthetic and surgery.  This can involve taking pre-operative blood samples for in-house testing (if requested by the owner), clipping and scrubbing surgical sites, Preparing surgical sitesadministering medication and inserting intravenous catheters.



Once blood samples have been taken, they are tested on our in-house blood machines.  We are able to carry out routine pre-operative screens as well as more comprehensive diagnostic tests.


Monitoring anaesthetised patients is also the responsibility of the nurse.  Recordings are made every 5 minutes regarding the patient’s respiration and heart rate, and constant observation of the patient is carried out.
Monitoring Anaesthesia
Restraining animals is another big part of the Veterinary Nurse’s role.  The Veterinary Surgeon requires a nurse to restrain patients for various reasons, including:

  • Induction of anaesthesia- This requires the nurse to hold the animal and raise a vein for the Vet to be able to induce anaesthesia
  • Administering medications
  • Clinical examination
  • MicrochippingRestraining animals








When monitoring patients under anaesthetic we are  able to use traditional stethoscopes, oesophageal stethoscopes, ECG and pulse oximetry, but the most important piece of monitoring equipment is the actual nurse.  They are able to carry out a range of other checks on the patient simply by observing their reactions whilst under anaesthetic.  It is always vital to have a Registered Veterinary Nurse monitoring the patient as equipment can fail or at times give inaccurate readings.

Monitoring Anaesthetics for surgical procedures


During some surgical procedures it is necessary for a nurse to ‘scrub in’ and assist the Veterinary Surgeon. This can include handling tissues, assisting with manual retraction of tissues and holding/passing surgical instruments. As shown, a hat, mask, sterile gown and gloves are worn at this time.Assisting with Surgical Procedures




Under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, Qualified Veterinary Nurses are able to suture wounds and carry out minor surgical procedures such as lumpectomies.

The Nurse is responsible for monitoring the patients post-operatively, making sure that they are warm and comfortable.
Nurses are also trained in wound management, and you’ll find that most bandages and dressings have been applied by one of the nurses at the practice. Recovering from surgeryApplying dressings








Registered Veterinary Nurses Wendy Osborne and Lauren Baker here at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic have their names included on the list of Registered Veterinary Nurses held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and have both taken the following oath.

“I PROMISE AND SOLEMNLY DECLARE that I will pursue the work of my profession with integrity and accept my responsibilities to the public, my clients, the profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and that, ABOVE ALL, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care”

If you are interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse please visit the BVNA or RCVS website for more information.

Congratulations Lauren!

Our Trainee Veterinary Nurse Lauren Baker has very recently received her exam results. After 3 years of hard work and dedication we would like to say how pleased we are that Lauren has passed all of the necessary exams to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Lauren will shortly be attending a presentation held at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in London to receive her certificate and badge.

This huge achievement will mean that Lauren’s name will be placed on the register of Veterinary Nurses.

Here is a picture of Lauren wearing her new green uniform with pride and celebrating with a glass bubbly!!!

Lauren Baker RVN

Lauren Baker RVN

Well done Lauren from all of us at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic.



10% off all Dental Procedures February 2014

Bad Breath? Sore Mouth? Difficulty Eating? Drooling?

If your pet is displaying any of these signs they may be suffering from dental disease.

 Tartar on the teeth can build up over
time causing tooth decay. Infections of the teeth, gums and oral cavity can also occur.

This can spread via the blood stream to the heart and liver, possibly leading to additional medical conditions.

If you are concerned about your pets teeth, don’t delay, call the clinic to arrange a dental check up.

In some circumstances we may need to carry out a procedure under general anaesthetic. Then we are able to examine the mouth and teeth in a lot more detail whilst your pet is asleep.

We will be able to extract any teeth if they show signs of decay. Scaling and polishing the remaining teeth can help prevent build up of tartar in the future.

 Put a smile back on your pets face!!

In February 2014 we are offering 10% off all dental procedures.

Call Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic now to book an appointment to take up this brilliant offer!!

01444 363636

Looking for a Veterinary Clinic?

Have you recently registered with Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic?

orHave a look behind the scenes

Looking for a Veterinary Clinic and thinking of registering?

Then you are welcome to join us at one of our ‘New Client’ evenings.

This will be an informal evening where there will be time for you to ask us any questions or queries that you may have regarding the practice and have a look behind the scenes.

The next ‘new client’ evening will be on Tuesday 14th January at 6pm and will last for approximately one hour.

If you would like to join us please telephone the clinic to book a place on 01444 363636.

MidSussexVets TeamWe look forward to seeing you.

Marie, Wendy and Lauren.

Vaccine Amnesty

Is your pet fully vaccinated?We are launching a month long vaccine amnesty during April 2013, to help protect cats and dogs from potentially fatal diseases.

Our Veterinary Surgeon Marie Arkell MRCVS, is commited to improving the health of the region’s pets. As a result, we will be offering reduced price vaccinations for all dogs and cats whose vaccination has lapsed. Pets will receive a full vaccination course against the main diseases for the price of a booster, offering a saving of up to £27. We are setting ourselves an ambitious goal to try and reduce the incidence of disease in family pets.

Routine vaccinations protect pets against potentially fatal diseases and, although some of these diseases are no longer rife, they still exist in the environment causing outbreaks without warning. Alarmingly some of these preventable diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can transfer from animals to humans. An example of this is Leptospirosis or as it is more commonly known Weil’s disease.Is your cat protected?

“For a variety of reasons not all pets’ vaccinations are up to date, which can put the pet at risk from an illness that could be easily avoided,” explains vet Marie Arkell.
“Preventative medicine is preferable and less costly than treatment, or in some cases, it is the only option.” Adds Marie. “As vets, we are dedicated to helping pet owners keep their pets, which are part of their family, healthy. Of course, some problems can’t be avoided but it makes sense to reduce the risk – and that’s why we are embarking on the vaccine amnesty scheme.”

Diseases that can affect dogs include Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Coronavirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, while cats can suffer from Feline Infectious Enteritis, Cat Flu and Feline Leukaemia. All of the diseases can cause unnecessary suffering and some of them – such as Canine Parvovirus – are sometimes fatal.

If you have a pet whose annual booster injections have lapsed, you will need to organise a full vaccination course of two injections a few weeks apart; and thereafter an annual booster of one injecIs your dog protected?tion to maintain protection.

For further information or to take part in the vaccine amnesty and make an appointment please contact us at the clinic on 01444 363636

Thank you!

On Sunday 2nd December we held our second Christmas Fair and Open Day. Once again this was very well supported raising over £220 for our three nominated charities Happy Breed, Paws and Claws and W.R.A.P (wildlife rescue and protection) who all do a brilliant job locally.


This year we decided to invite a few more stall holders to offer visitors a chance to buy some lovely Christmas gifts. These fantastic products were very well received. Haywards Heath and District Canine Society bought along some of their dogs who were all very well behaved!



Vicky was our face painter for the day!







Visitors were also encouraged to tour our practice by taking part in a treasure hunt.



Only one entry solved all the clues to receive some chocolate treasure of their own!






We would like to thank everyone who made the day a success. Our nominated charities, stall holders, Haywards Heath and District Canine Society and our friends and families. Marie’s mum and dad – mulled wine and mince pies, Laurens Mum – Cakes, Wendy’s mum and dad – Raffle.

We would also like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Congratulations Lauren!

All of us at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic would like to congratulate Lauren on passing her second exam towards the RCVS diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

We are all very proud of her and wish her luck with the next two years of her course to eventually become a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN)

Well done Lauren!