The Barn Vet Practice, Copdock 01473 730213
Ashcroft Road Surgery, Ipswich 01473 743460

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Small Animals Vet Services

Providing the best possible care for pets in the Ipswich area

  • Small Animals
  • Saying Goodbye

Small Animals

We have a team of seven veterinary surgeons dealing with the small animal caseload at our two surgeries, which are equipped to offer a full service to your pets, including consultations, diagnostic procedures and tests, surgical operations, dentistry, x rays, ultrasound scanning, preventative healthcare and Pet Passport issue. They are backed up by a team of experienced qualified veterinary nurses who also offer clinics giving advice on a wide range of matters such as diet, strategies for controlling fleas and internal parasites, preventative dental care and geriatric care, to name but a few.

Surgeries are available, on an appointment basis, seven days a week. Outside normal surgery hours, we provide our own emergency cover rather than referring it to a third party ’out of hours’ provider. This ensures that your pet will be dealt with by our own vets and nurses who will have access to the pet`s up to date medical records at all times.

Nurse Clinics

Our nurse clinics cover various aspects of pet health, such as routine pet care, dental care, weight & nutrition. The clinics are by appointment and are held by our qualified, registered veterinary nurses. This is an opportunity to talk about any of the more routine pet care concerns with our veterinary team. Our veterinary nurses will also help you by spotting any symptoms that could be treated before developing further. If a minor procedure is required such as nail clipping, there is a modest charge.

Pet care advice is available by appointment at our Vet Nurse Clinics and we provide many regular routine pet care services.

  • Therapeutic grooming
  • Ear cleaning
  • Nail clipping
  • Checking for fleas and worming
  • Wound dressing change
  • Dental / oral hygiene
  • Dietary advice
  • Laser Therapy
  • Trimming your pet’s claws
  • Administering medications to your pet if you are having problems managing on your own
  • Removing ticks or parasites from your pet’s skin
  • Advising on worming and flea treatment protocols and recommending the best products to use
  • Microchipping your pet
  • Assessing your pet’s behaviour and recommending ways to manage it
  • Removing stitches and follow up checks after a surgical procedure
  • Teaching you how to perform injections on a diabetic pet
  • Showing you the best way of handling and managing your pet


If circumstances make a visit to the practice difficult, we are able to provide house visits. As visits can take a considerable time, it is advised that visits are booked well in advance to ensure a vet can make the time slot allocated. We do stress that in most cases, a pet needing veterinary attention can be dealt with far more efficiently at the surgery due to having a wide range of facilities, treatments and nurses on hand. While the majority of our equine patients are attended to at the premises at which they are stabled, we can see equine patients at our Copdock surgery.

Pet Passport/Export Certificates

Most of our vets are government approved ’Official Veterinarians’ who have the authority to issue PET Passports enabling your pet to travel to other countries. We are also able to undertake the appropriate certification for animals being exported outside the Passport scheme.

Saying Goodbye

At the Barn Veterinary Practice, we are here to support the health of your much loved pet throughout its life and we strive to provide the best advice for our clients at all times - especially when coping with a very sick or very old pet.

As pet owners, one of the hardest decisions that we might face is when to say goodbye to our pet. In many cases, several conversations will have been had with vets and within the family regarding their pet’s quality of life - all the same making an appointment for euthanasia can be extremely difficult and upsetting.

People approach euthanasia in different ways - particularly if the appointment has been planned in advance. We like to offer longer appointment slots where possible to answer any questions and for there to be time and privacy for you and your pet. Home visits can be arranged for those who might find it difficult to come into the surgery - please enquire with reception regarding additional costs.

Some of our clients opt to take their pet home for burial but we can also offer a cremation service with the Norfolk Pet Crematorium.

We can arrange for a communal cremation or clients can request an individual cremation and to have their pet’s ashes returned. Ashes are returned in a carved wooden box with the name of the pet on the front.

Prices for these services vary depending on the animal and in some cases its weight (dogs) and our staff can help by providing you with the cost for your pet so you can make a decision beforehand if possible. Some people, of course, need a little time to decide and we fully understand this.

As people will grieve for their pets, cats and dogs may also miss their lost ’family’ member. If you have any concerns about the health and well-being of a grieving pet please do feel you can contact us for advice.

The link below will take you to our cremation service provider.

Cambridge Pet Crematorium