Welcome to Wanstead Veterinary Hospital
The Wanstead Veterinary Hospital was opened on this site in 1972 and was the original headquarters for the rapidly expanding practice at the time. Our hospital offers many different services under one roof, from vaccinations and health-checks to consultations, diagnostic tests, and a range of medical and surgical treatments. We are open 24hrs a day, 365 days per year, with experienced vets and nurses always on hand to care for your pet. In addition to our comprehensive general practice services, we are also proud to offer a range of referral services. Our state of the art CT scanner quickly generates thousands of images that can be of great benefit for the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. We are one of only a few practices in Greater London to be able to offer this service.
We are dedicated to offering a friendly and compassionate service to our clients and providing the highest quality healthcare for your pet. Our veterinary surgeons are assisted by knowledgeable and experienced staff helping us set the standards for excellence in veterinary care. We offer separate cat and dog waiting areas in our spacious air-conditioned reception area to ensure your pets remain calm and comfortable. We also provide complimentary coffee and tea and video information screens. The reception area offers a wide range of pet accessories and high-quality complete pet foods and our reception team will be happy to advise on your pet’s nutritional and health needs.
We have excellent facilities including consultation rooms, dedicated operating suites, separate dog and cat hospitalisation wards, isolation areas where strict barrier nursing techniques are observed. We pride ourselves on our intensive care facilities with fluid infusion pumps, oxygen therapy kennels, heating incubators and advanced monitoring equipment.
All of our hospital veterinary surgeons have their own areas of particular interest and are available to provide further advice and experienced veterinary opinion for referrals in many of the following disciplines:
- Emergency and critical care
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Keyhole surgery
- Soft tissue surgery
- Internal medicine
Facilities & Services
24 hour care
Emergency care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at our three flagship hospitals. We have vets on site at all times, supported by qualified nurses to ensure that we are ready to care for your pet whatever time of day they need us. Even if your pet usually visits one of our branch practices, their medical records will be instantly available at our hospital to ensure that we can offer the best continuity of care.
Our laboratory offers a rapid and efficient service with fast turnaround of results. Many branches have state-of-the-art in-house equipment for an even faster service. In addition to testing for the disease in an unwell patient, we also offer screening tests before your pet undergoes an anaesthetic to ensure that we identify any previously unknown problems, helping us to ensure the anaesthetic is as safe as possible.
A friendly welcome awaits you at our long-established kennels and cattery in Chingford, East London. We offer short and long-term boarding in a friendly and comfortable environment for your pets. Our Chingford veterinary practice is on-site to ensure that your pet’s medical needs will be well cared for.
Certificate Holders & Advanced Practitioners
Many of our veterinary surgeons have undertaken advanced training and are able to treat more complicated cases. They are happy to receive referrals in areas such as internal medicine, cardiology, orthopaedic, laparoscopic and soft tissue surgery. We invest heavily in the ongoing training of all our staff, meaning you can rest assured that your pet will be in good hands.
We offer 15-minute appointments as a standard for all consultations, giving you plenty of time to discuss your pet’s healthcare and ask any questions you may have. We are able to provide a range of services during the consultation and are always on hand to see your pet in an emergency if necessary.
80% of dogs and cats over three years of age suffer some form of dental disease. Thankfully, the majority of dental problems are treatable and most are preventable. Speak to your local team for more information. Our practices are well equipped to perform routine dental procedures, and many of them benefit from dental X-rays to help diagnose and guide treatment.
We offer a referral service for diagnosis and treatment with CT scans, advanced x-rays and ultrasound. These imaging tests can be offered as an outpatient service, or as part of the treatment for patients hospitalised with us. We employ a number of specialists and certificate holders who are able to provide an expert opinion in interpreting these tests.
Free pet insurance
We are able to issue four weeks’ Petplan® insurance free of charge. Petplan® is the UK’s favourite pet insurance provider and we are proud to recommend them for your pet. We think it is important that all pets are covered by pet insurance, offering you peace of mind that you will not need to cover the costs of unexpected bills if your pet becomes unwell.
Healthcare Plan – ProActive Pets
Budget monthly and save money on all your pet’s preventative healthcare needs. Our affordable plan allows you to pay a monthly direct debit to spread the cost of your pet’s vaccinations and parasite control products throughout the year. The costs are much less than our full retail price, and the plan offers a number of other benefits on top.
Professional canine hydrotherapy for healthy exercise and the treatment of a wide range of conditions and injuries. Our hydrotherapy centre is located on the site of our Chingford Kennels and cattery. All sessions are led by fully trained hydrotherapists who ensure that the sessions are safe and fun for your dog.
We can offer keyhole surgery including routine neutering for female dogs and other more advanced procedures. This minimally invasive procedure can mean shorter recovery times for your pet and more rapid healing.
We actively promote the benefits of neutering your pet. Speak to a team member about the many health and behavioural advantages. We offer competitive pricing without any compromise on standards, employing the use of modern anaesthetics and monitoring equipment to ensure these procedures are very safe for your pet.
Our nursing team play a central role in the care that we provide you and your pet. In addition to assisting our veterinary surgeons in providing care for your pet, they are also able to answer questions for you directly and provide a range of nurse-led services such as puppy classes, weight management clinics and senior pet care consultations. Speak to your local team for details of classes and clinics available.
We offer a pet passport service at all of our practices to enable you to travel to many countries around the world with your pet. There are a number of requirements that must be met before travel, so we recommend getting in touch with your local practice as early as possible if you might need your pet to travel abroad.
Physiotherapy is one of many complementary therapies that we offer, and if particularly effective to aid in your pet’s mobility post-surgery or injury. We employ qualified physiotherapists who can provide physiotherapy sessions and consultations for you. Please speak to your veterinary surgeon for more information.
To assist your puppy with vital socialisation skills and gain behavioural advice, our nurses run puppy parties. This gives you the opportunity to meet other puppy owners sharing useful tips on training and ways to keep your puppy happy and healthy. Upon completion of the session, your puppy will receive their own certificate congratulating them upon their participation.
Please contact your local practice for further information.
Specialist referral services are offered at our three hospitals in Wimbledon, Northolt and Wanstead in a range of different areas. Our specialists are recognised as experts in their field and are able to provide advanced treatments for a range of conditions using the latest technology. Referrals must always be made by your first opinion veterinary surgeon who will be able to advise if a specialist referral would be beneficial for your pet.
Protect your pet against many life-threatening diseases by vaccinating annually. We embrace modern vaccination protocols to ensure that your pet has the protection they need, whilst ensuring we do not vaccinate more often than is necessary. Speak to your local team for all the benefits of vaccination and the range of vaccinations we offer at an affordable price.
All of our branches have access to x-ray facilities for ease and speed of diagnosis. Many of our practices benefit from the latest technology in digital X-rays, which provides exceptionally clear images very quickly, ensuring your pet is under anaesthetic for the shortest possible time.
Meet the TeamOur network of branches and hospitals have the support of an experienced management team as well as administrative backup.
Tom Flynn MVB CertSAD MRCVS [OV]
Head Veterinary Surgeon & Group Clinical Director
Tom graduated from University College Dublin and worked in Ireland for four years before coming to the UK. Tom joined the Wanstead Hospital team in 1991 and was promoted to Clinical Director for the Group in 1997. Tom oversees the running of the Hospital and also plays an important practice-wide clinical role. He has a Certificate in Veterinary Dermatology and a special interest in soft tissue surgery. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] Tom is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Any spare time is spent with his wife and three children.
John Gardner MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS [OV]
John is a Cambridge University graduate who, since qualifying as a veterinary surgeon, has worked at the Royal Veterinary College [RVC] in London as well as in practice in Hertfordshire. He joined the Wanstead team in 2008 as a resident orthopaedic surgeon having achieved his Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007. John is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that he is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. John spends most of his free time with his young family.
Klara Vargha DVM MRCVS
Klara has worked at the Wanstead Hospital since 1994 and joined us soon after graduating from Guelph University in Canada. Klara’s special interest is feline medicine which reflects her love of cats.
Shaun Smith BVetMed CertSAS MRCVS [OV]
Shaun graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 and went on to attain a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery before joining the team at Wanstead. Shaun has a particular interest in wound management as well as general surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Shaun is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that he is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. In his free time, Shaun plays guitar and piano and has recently achieved his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Shaun has a bearded dragon called Ralph (who is actually a girl!)
Katherine Allan BVSc CertAVP(SAMF) MRCVS
Kath is originally from Australia and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in Melbourne in 2002. After moving to the UK she joined the team at Wanstead in 2011. Kath has a special interest in Medicine and has recently attained an Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Small Animal Medicine – Feline. Kath is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates.
Louise Worth BVSc GPCert SAS MRCVS
Louise qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 2011 and joined the Wanstead team in. Louise worked in small animal practice in Cambridge before carrying out an internship at Dick White Referral Centre. She has a special interest in general surgery, endoscopy and rabbits and has recently attained a Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. In her spare time, Louise is an avid traveller.
Max Foreman MA VetMB MRCVS
Max is a Cambridge University graduate with an undergraduate degree in Pathology and Epidemiology. He joined the Wanstead team in 2015 having previously worked in charity clinics in the Caribbean. Max has a special interest in neurology, general surgery and dogs! He spends his free time with friends, travelling and flying birds of prey.
Katherine Clarke BVSc PgCert SAM MRCVS
Kat qualified from Bristol University in 2011 and has a PGCert in Small Animal Medicine. Kat joined the team at Wanstead following a 20-month internship at a referral practice in the West Midlands and prior to that, she worked in a busy first opinion practice. Kat has a keen interest in feline medicine. Kat is a runner, having completed many half marathons and enjoys spending time with her two much-loved cats Jack & Dee.
Sam Carroll BVSc BSc MRCVS
Sam graduated in veterinary science from the University of Bristol in 2016, having also received a Bachelor in anatomical science during his time at university. He joined the team at Wanstead in 2016. Sam’s special interests are in the field of feline medicine and general surgery. In his spare time, Sam likes to mix music, keep fit and enjoy the culture of London.
Janice Wilson BVM&S CertVA MRCVS
Emergency Hours Veterinary Surgeon
Janice has been part of the Goddard family since 1988. She has a particular interest in veterinary anaesthesia, in which she holds a Certificate and in pain management as well as emergency and critical care. When she is not working Janice likes to travel and is keen on archaeology.
Ellie Stock-Bishop RVN
Ellie joined the Wanstead Hospital team in 2006 where she was first promoted to Charge Nurse in 2007 and then Head Nurse in 2008, Nurse Manager in 2011 and is now the Hospital Manager helping with the smooth running of all aspects of client and animal care. Ellie is a highly experienced veterinary nurse who has successfully made the change into management.
Nicola Barrigan RVN
Nicola joined the Wanstead Hospital as a student veterinary nurse in 2007 and went on to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2009. Nicola successfully held the roles of Orthopaedic Nurse and Charge Nurse at the hospital before being promoted to Nursing Manager in 2014. Nicola is an ardent advocate of the veterinary nursing profession and strives to lead a dynamic and compassionate nursing team at Wanstead. In her spare time, Nicola loves nothing better than a weekend trip in her classic VW camper with her naughty springer spaniel Harry.
Helen Cottrell BSc [Hons] RVN, Client Support Nurse
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Helen originally joined the Goddard Veterinary Group in 2002 and worked at various branches until 2007. Prior to joining us, Helen completed a three-year degree in Animal Science at Writtle College and since joining us she has qualified as an RVN.
Julie is the line manager for the reception team. She has been at the Wanstead Hospital for over 30 years and is highly valued and thought of by both staff and clients. Julie was promoted to Head Receptionist in 1981, and of course, knows many of our clients and their pets by sight.
Insurance & Accounts Coordinator
Deana joined the Hospital as part of the reception team in 1998 and became the Insurance Coordinator in 2007. Deana is a pet owner herself and plays an important role in helping with clients’ account queries and processing their insurance claims quickly and efficiently.
Wanstead Veterinary Hospital is within easy reach of the M25, M11 and the North Circular Road A406. Ample car parking for clients is available in the Hospital’s car park.Get directions
Wanstead and Snaresbrook (Central Line) are the nearest tube stations.Get directions
- Bus No.66 Romford Station to Leytonstone Station
- Bus No.W14 Cross Road to Leyton Mills