Pet Care Plan discount scheme

MSVC dog stethoscope

The affordable way to keep pets at their best.

Our pet care plan means that you can pay monthly for preventative healthcare and spread the cost of keeping them happy and healthy!

Join our Pet Care Plan and enjoy the following benefits:

Health Check and Annual Vaccination
Six month Health Check
A year’s supply of Flea Control
A year’s supply of Worming
Savings up to £91.46 a year


All this for a monthly cost payable by direct debit:

• Cat – £14.50

• Small Dog (0-10kg) – £15.00

• Medium Dog (10kg-25kg) – £16.75

• Large Dog (25kg-40kg) – £18.50

• Giant Dog (40kg+) – £24.50


For more information please contact us on 01444 363636

Pet Travel Scheme Update April 2021

The rules for travelling abroad with your pet have changed. Please read the following information before travelling abroad with your pet. This includes important information on Animal Health Certificates (AHC)

For countries other than the EU & Northern Ireland

Owners are advised to contact APHA for the latest rules and regulations for export: 03000 200 301 or visit their website: You are advised to do this as soon as possible as the requirements may influence the timing and type of vaccines and treatments that we give.

For travel to the EU and Northern Ireland.

You must get your dog, cat or ferret microchipped and then vaccinated against rabies before it can travel.

A rabies vaccination must be given by a vet (from 12 weeks of age) and pets must wait 21 days from the rabies vaccination before travelling. There is no waiting period after a rabies booster, as long as the booster was given within the validity period of the previous dose.

You must take your pet to an Official Veterinarian no more than 10 days before arrival abroad (or departure if going by boat) to get an Animal Health Certificate (AHC).

For dogs going to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta, a tapeworm treatment must be administered by a vet 1-5 days before entering the country and this must be recorded on the AHC.

On arrival in the EU, pet owners travelling with their pets would be required to enter through a designated Travellers’ Point of Entry (TPE). At the TPE, the pet owner may be asked to present proof of microchip insertion date and rabies vaccination. Also authorisation from the owner (issued within 5 days) if the owner is not present, and the AHC.

Although we endeavour to send reminders for rabies vaccine boosters it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the boosters are given before the current ‘valid until’ date, otherwise a further 21 days after vaccination must elapse before they can travel

If staying abroad for more than a short holiday, owners are advised to contact the local foreign authority. UK rabies boosters need to be given every three years but animals considered resident in a foreign country may require annual boosters and/or compliance with other local regulations.

Your pet’s microchip should be checked prior to travel. It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure this is working. You can get a vet or nurse to check this.

Foreign diseases. There are foreign diseases that do not occur in the U.K and to which your pet may be susceptible. You are advised to check the website – Travelling Advice. Please contact us at least a month before travel to arrange for suitable parasite treatment and you should check that you will be allowed to carry the necessary anti-parasite treatment with you as this varies from country to country.

We advise you to carry a tick removal tool with you (available from us) to remove any ticks as soon as possible.

We advise that you repeat tapeworm treatment sometime during the first 30 days after returning to the UK. Also repeat tick treatment once back with timing depending on what the previous product was.

Although called an Animal Health Certificate, the issuing vet will not be checking on your pet’s health, it’s fitness to travel, or fitness to live in a different country or climate.

Returning to the UK

Your pet must have ONE of the following documents when returning to the UK:

EU pet passport (issued in the EU, or in GB before 1/1/21, or a Pet Passport issued in a Part 1 listed third country
The AHC issued in GB for travel to the EU (valid for 4 months)
An animal health certificate issued in the EU for travel to the UK only

You will not need this documentation if returning from NI, The Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

Before returning to the UK dogs must have an authorised tapeworm treatment administered by a vet recorded in the Passport or AHC. Make sure the time and date are recorded. This has to be done not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before its scheduled arrival time in the U.K.Tapeworm treatment is not required if travelling directly to the UK from NI, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Norway or Malta.

  To obtain an AHC

The AHC can only be issued by Official Veterinarians (OVs) and not all our vets have this qualification. Appointments will therefore have limited availability and will only be carried out on a Monday, Tuesday and Friday, so book in good time.  If your pet requires a tapeworm treatment to travel, it will cost less if this is done at the same time as the AHC, so should be between 1 & 5 days before arrival abroad. The AHC will need to be checked by another vet and so is unlikely to be available on the day of your appointment. Please tell us in advance if this will be a problem. We will call you when the AHC is available to collect.

We will start to complete the certificate before your appointment therefore ensure that we have the correct owner’s name, address and telephone number to go on the form. If this differs from our records please explain why and tell us if we should amend our records.

You must tell us the language spoken in the first EU country you will enter, so that we can obtain the correct AHC.

If the pet will be accompanied by someone who is not the owner you need to tell us their name. You will also need to provide them with written authority (issued within 5 days of the travel) to undertake the pet travel on your behalf.

The pet will need to be brought to us by the owner, or the person who will accompany the animals on behalf of the owner, as one of you will need to sign the AHC.

You will need to bring proof of the date on which the microchip was implanted, or proof that it was chipped before the rabies vaccination. This could be microchip documents or a Pet Passport. Tell us in advance if you cannot provide this as we may be able to provide certification based on clinical records. The proof needs to be in a form that can be photocopied.

You will need to bring proof of rabies vaccination in a form that can be photocopied. This can be a vaccination certificate or a Pet Passport. If you cannot provide this, tell us in advance as we may be able to provide certification based on clinical records.

Please read the AHC and inform us of any errors as soon as possible

We reserve the right to charge a fee if we start to create an AHC and you then cancel, or we need to correct any errors that were not our fault.

We believe this information to be correct at the time of writing, but you are advised to check on the Government website:, or the Pet Travel helpline: email, phone 03702 411710 M-F 8.30-5.00

Appointments for AHC’s to be completed are on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings only.

You will need to complete an AHC booking form before your appointment. This will be emailed to you when the booking is made or you can download a form here:
Foreign Travel Information for Mid Sussex Vets Clients (MS Word document)

Do you have a “secret” cat?

We have found that a quite a few clients have their dogs registered with us, who come in for regular checks and vaccinations and when they then call in, they ask if they could have some parasite prevention for their cat at home who we haven’t seen before. A lot of people have either “semi- feral”, “farm cats” or just “good doers” who seem to live hassle free and healthy lives and therefore are not seen to require regular visits to see the vet. We know you still love your cat and care for them and therefore still want them to live life parasite free.

Under the Veterinary prescribing cascade, Veterinary Surgeons are unable to dispense prescription only medicine (POM) to animals that haven’t been seen within 6 months. The Veterinary Surgeon has to legally carry out a full health check on your animal and have an up to date weight in order to dispense the medication.

The main parasite control we dispense for cats, comes in the form of Advocate (a monthly spot on) which treats flea, worms and mites and Profender (a 6 monthly spot on) which treats tapeworm, round worm and hook worm and these are a prescription only medicine, therefore we cannot legally dispense these for your cat if we haven’t seen them.

So how can you prevent your secret cat from getting parasites?

We have just ordered in a new product called Dronspot for your cat, which isn’t a prescription only medication. Dronspot is a spot on round and tapewormer and we can legally dispense it without having to see your cat. Dronspot comes in two sizes- 2.5kg- 5kg and 5kg-8kg, so it is ideal if you are able to weigh your cat at home so we can dispense the correct size pipette. Another bonus of using Dronspot is you no longer need to try and tablet your cat, which we all know is never a straight forward task!

That’s the worms covered, so what about flea treatment?

We also stock a monthly spot on called Advantage, which also doesn’t require a prescription to be dispensed. Like Dronspot, Advantage is a spot on which we recommend you to apply every month to treat fleas. Advantage comes in two sizes- less than 4kg and more than 4kg, so again it is preferred if you can try and weigh your cat at home before popping in to collect the treatment.

So what are you waiting for? Call in today to collect your parasite prevention for your “secret” feline friend. Don’t they deserve to be parasite free too?

All about Cats!!

We are pleased to announce that we have built “kitty corner” in our reception area.


So what is the purpose of kitty corner?

We all know that coming to the vets can be a stressful time for your feline friends, as not only have they had to travel in a car in their cat carrier, they then get placed on the floor in full site of curious canines!

We have therefore built kitty corner, so your cat can be placed up off the floor, away from wagging tails and nosey noses.

We have provided blankets you can place over the carrier, to help your cat feel more secure and safe and there is a spray bottle of Feliway you can use on the blanket. Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone that cats leave behind when they rub their faces within the home, which is a sign that they feel comfortable. It has been clinically proven to support cats during stressful times and reduce their stress levels.

We have also now completed the “cat ward”.

We wanted to build a separate cat ward for when your cat is having to spend the day with us for either an operation or hospitalisation, away from any dogs that may increase their stress levels.

We now have a nice, quiet cat ward, away from all the noise and hustle and bustle.

We have a Feliway diffuser plugged in at all times, which releases synthetic happy pheromones to minimise stress levels within the cat ward. Each cat is also provided with a fluffy bed and a big towel that they can hide under if they are feeling nervous. We spray the towel with Feliway as well and this towel remains within them throughout the day.

Each cat  has a litter tray placed in with them and the kennels are big enough for their cat carrier to be left in with them, with the carrier door left open, so they can choose if they sit inside the carrier or explore and settle in the kennel on the fluffy bed.

We also have an examination table in the cat ward, so that we can examine and medicate the cats without having to move them into different rooms.

What’s new for 2019 at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic?!

We have been busy updating our new website, we do hope you like the new content!

The main differences that you will notice are our new Monthly Blog, keeping you up to date throughout the year and our Pet Factsheets to provide you with information on commonly diagnosed conditions.

In house we have been busy making the clinic cat friendly, with our new ‘Kitty Corner’ and purpose built cat ward.

Our Registered Veterinary Nurses are now running daily nurse clinics.

They can carry out consultations to include:

Post op checks
Nail Clips
Weight Clinics
Ear Cleaning
Adolescent puppy checks
Some vaccinations/injections
Socialisation visits
Administering medication
Stitch and Staple Removal

We do hope you approve of the changes we have made and that you and your pets all have a fantastic 2019!



The role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse

MSVC treatment

Have you ever wondered what the role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse is in practice, or been interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse yourself?

Then please read the information below.

The role of a Veterinary Nurse is extremely varied, with lots of different roles being included under the umbrella of Veterinary Nurse. So what are the different roles that are involved?

Firstly, in order to become a Veterinary Nurse, you must have a true passion and love for animals- whether they have fur or feathers, scales or long tails!

A lot of people believe a Veterinary Nurse’s day consists of cuddling puppies and kittens and although that is part of our role, there is a lot more to being a Veterinary Nurse. Below is an average day to day running of a Veterinary Nurse.

The Veterinary Nurses admit patients that are due to come in for surgery/ hospitalisation. They talk through the procedure that will be performed with the client, answer any questions that the clients may have and go through a consent form which is a legal document which needs to be signed in order for the proposed procedure to go ahead. Often the animals and the owners are nervous so the nurses also provide emotional support to the owners and physical support (cuddles and kisses) to the patients.

The nurses then prepare the patients for surgery. Suitable kennels have to be set up for the animals whilst they are in for the day. This includes making sure they have a comfortable bed to lie on, checking that the animals will be warm enough, providing litter trays to cats and making sure the animals feels as happy as they can.

The theatre nurse works out which medication the patients need for the day and draws up the medications so they are ready to be used, once the drug calculations have been checked by the Veterinary Surgeon.

The nurses then place a catheter in the patient so it is ready for surgery. The purpose of the catheter is so that you have intravenous access to administer medications and fluid if required.

Veterinary nurses are also trained phlebotomists, which mean they can take blood samples.  Often patients have a pre-anaesthetic blood test run before they have surgery. The purpose of this blood test is to check that the animals liver and kidneys are functioning correctly and they have the correct level of red and white blood cells. Blood samples can also be taken within the Veterinary Practice and sent to an external laboratory where they can test for a huge variety of conditions, such as Cushing’s or Addison’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease and even to identify allergies such as allergies to mites, plants or food.

Another important role of being a Veterinary Nurse is being an anaesthetist. It is the Veterinary Nurses job to monitor the anaesthetic and increase or decrease the anaesthetic agent under the instruction of the Veterinary Surgeon. Recordings are taken every five minutes of the patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, eye position, mucous membrane colour, capillary refill time, blood pressure and oxygen concentration. The patients are also linked up to an ECG machine which gives an electrical reading of the heart’s activity.

During some surgical procedures, it is necessary for the nurse to ‘scrub in’ and assist the surgeon with passing instruments, handling tissues and holding instruments.

Under schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act, qualified Veterinary Nurses are allowed to suture wounds and carry out minor surgical procedures such as lumpectomies, provided they do not enter a body cavity.

The nurses are then responsible for monitoring patients post-operatively. They regularly take readings of the patient’s temperature, heart rate and respiration rate and also use a pain score to ensure the patient has had adequate pain relief. They make sure the patient is warm and comfortable and provide them with food and water once they have fully recovered.

As well as the above tasks, nurses apply bandages and dressings to wounds. They also hold nurse consultations, providing education to owners on food/weight management, giving of medications, puppy/kitten training and parasite control.

Here at Mid Sussex Veterinary Clinic, the Veterinary Nurses are also responsible for carrying out all reception tasks. These include booking in appointments, triaging patients via phone calls, providing clients with information on how to administer medication and the dosages if they are being dispensed medication, taking payments, weighing dogs prior to their appointments and of course giving the animals the love and attention they deserve.

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 they have taken the follow 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.


Friday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – 8am – 4pm

Saturday 25th December (Christmas Day) – Closed

Sunday 26th December – (Boxing Day) – Closed

Monday 27th December – Closed

Tuesday 28th December – Closed

Wednesday 29th December – 8am – 4pm

Thursday 30th December – 8am – 4pm

Friday 31st December (News Years Eve) – 8am – 4pm

Saturday 1st January – (New Years Day) – Closed

Sunday 2nd January – Closed

Monday 3rd January – Closed

Tuesday 4th January – Open as usual

If you have an emergency over Christmas and we are NOT OPEN please call PETS Emergency Clinic on 01273 540430

New website design

Mid Sussex Vets new website design

Our new website design is now live.

In the redesign we have worked hard to ensure that pages are quick to load, the site is easy to navigate and that we provide visitors with useful information about Mid Sussex Vets.

We would really appreciate your feedback. If you can’t find what you are looking for, have ideas on how we could add to and improve the site or maybe just want to tell us that you think it is great, please let us know.

Thank you.

MSVC Wendy
Wendy Line RVN