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Eastcott Vets Swindon History
Peter, Richard and the Eastcott team warmly welcome you and your pets to Eastcott Vets. We are all committed to providing the very best of care for pets in Swindon and the surrounding areas. In addition, we now offer our expertise to vets throughout the country via our Veterinary Referrals service.
Eastcott Vets started the 1960’s
With surgeries at the bottom of Eastcott Hill and on Cricklade Road in Swindon. Peter Southerden, one of the current Clinical Directors, bought the practice in 1987 from the owner Ken Brown. At the time the practice was very small and employed one vet, one nurse and a receptionist. The practice began to grow quite quickly and the first assistant veterinary surgeon was employed in 1989. Within two years the practice grew to a three vet practice and Richard Gowshall, also one of the current Clinical Directors, joined the practice. It was at this stage that Eastcott Vets became the first vets in the region to open seven days a week, seeing routine cases at no extra cost at weekends which it still does today.
1997 Eastcott Vets moves from Eastcott Hill to Bath Road
By 1997 we had outgrown the premises on Eastcott Hill and moved to what had been the Old Town Club on Bath Road. This coincided with the practice being accredited with the status of Veterinary Hospital – the highest accreditation for a small animal veterinary practice. The practice continued to grow and there was, as there still is, an emphasis on excellence in all areas. There was an emphasis for vets, nurses and staff in all areas to train and develop skills which would help us to look after our clients and their pets to the best of our ability.
2001 Eastcott Vets win UK Veterinary Practice of the Year
In 2001 we were the winner of the national Petplan Veterinary Practice of the Year award which was recognition of how far the practice had come.
2011 Eastcott Vets new veterinary hospital is opened
Our emphasis on top quality patient and client care meant that the practice continued to grow and eventually we needed to look for a bigger building. In 2011 we moved into our new hospital building where we have amongst the best facilities for a first opinion practice in the country. Eastcott Vets now has 3 veterinary surgeries in Swindon, Bath Road, Old Town, Clive Parade, Cricklade Road Clinics plus our large Clinic & Hospital at Edison Park, Dorcan.
2012 Eastcott Vets win the UK Veterinary Practice of the Year again!
In 2012 we again won the Petplan Veterinary Practice of the Year award and are the only practice in the country to have won this prestigious award twice. In addition, vets, nurses and staff have been nominated for awards every year since the awards have been running.
£10,000 Raised to name and train a Guide Dog
Head Nurse Clare Sparling led the team fundraising and hit the target of £10,000 necessary to name and train a Guide Dog. He was named Edison after our main hospital.
Things have changed a lot since we started at the bottom of Eastcott Hill. We have many more highly trained staff, we are open very long hours, we have a vet and nurse resident at our Edison Park Veterinary Clinic & Hospital every night looking after our hospitalised patients and providing a 24 hour emergency service. We have excellent highly trained vets backed up by specialists, we have fantastic facilities and equipment. One thing that hasn't changed is our continued commitment to the health and welfare of your pets.
2014 Eastcott Vets are Recognised as an ISFM Cat Friendly Practice
We have always been particularly skilled at knowing how to provide special treatment for our feline patients. There requirements are very different to dogs. We are now officially recognised as a Cat Friendly Practice. Read more about what this means for you and your cats.
What does it mean to have an ISFM Cat Friendly Vets
Practice Manager Niki Burton reaches the finals of the Pet Plan Awards
Well done to our Practice Manager Niki for getting to last night's Pet Plan Awards finals. Sadly Niki was pipped to the post by Sharon Lane-Kieltyka from Somerset. Niki will always be our winner though.
2018 Eastcott Vets are chosen for National TV advertising campaign
We were very flattered when Petplan asked us if they could film their national TV advert and follow some of our special heartwarming stories.
The special heartwarming Pethood videos are currently being uploaded and can be seen HERE. Some videos are in the process of being uploaded on the Petplan site.
The adverts can be seen HERE
August 2018 - Building Work Begins at Edison Park
Building work begins to bring new facilities to our Edison Park Clinic and Hospital.
New Facilities will include:
- 3 Additional Operating Theatres
- 4 Additional Consulting rooms
- New Improved Cat Friendly Cat Ward
- Dedicated Cat Friendly Examination Room
- 2 New Dog Wards
- Dedicated Canine Friendly Examination Room
- 3 New Procedure Rooms
- Larger Intensive Care and Recovery Suite
- Additional X-Ray and Ultrasound Rooms
- Larger Specialist Dentistry Suite
- Provision for MRI Unit
- Improved Staff Facilities