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

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  • 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
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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 11.30-12.30

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


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 Vets our Veterinary nurses are responsible for working on reception; answering the phone, making appointments, giving advice and taking payments (there are no receptionists here!)
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, administering 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.





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.









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

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.






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.

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








All the Registered Veterinary Nurses 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.