Welcome to Barking
Conveniently located next to Barking Park is our bright and friendly Barking branch. This practice has been serving the local community for over 30 years. Our dedicated, long-standing team are well-known within the local community, with many pet owners popping in just to say hello when passing.
The practice is fully-equipped to care for you and your pet with our excellent on-site facilities, allowing blood testing, x-rays and operations to be performed. Please see the additional services we offer below.
In the event of a veterinary emergency or if your pet is unwell out of hours our Hospitals offer your pets a dedicated emergency service and the reassurance of knowing we are open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. The closest hospital to our Barking branch is Wanstead Veterinary Hospital call 020 8989 7744. For your peace of mind and for continuity of care, your pet’s medical history is accessible in any of our branches or hospitals anytime of the day or night.
This branch is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), following a diligent assessment the RCVS is satisfied that we maintain the highest standards of veterinary care.
Facilities & Services
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Dominique Vanthournout MRCVS [OV]
Dominique is originally from Belgium where she graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1984. She has worked for the Goddard Group since 2002 and has a special interest in internal medicine and small furries, particularly rabbits. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Dominique feels herself to be the ‘privileged’ owner of three dogs and a cat.
Karen Edwards BVetMed MRCVS
Karen has been a veterinary surgeon for twenty years and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1998. She also has an additional first class degree in physiology and pharmacology. Karen has an interest in geriatric feline medicine and feline behaviour. She has had animals at home all her life and currently has two cats called BFG and mittens and a Labrador called Baloo.
Kim Church RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Kim qualified as an RVN in 2010 after completing a degree in nursing at the Royal Veterinary College and has a special interest in dentistry and animal behaviour. Kim is the Barking branch’s International Society of Feline Medicine cat advocate and has attained the ISFM Certificate in feline nursing. She owns a dog called Tilly who is a Pug x Yorkshire terrier that loves everyone and everything!
Student Veterinary Nurse
Samara joined the Goddard Group in 2010, qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant in 2014 and has since commenced the VN Diploma course. She has a keen interest in feline behaviour and pet nutrition and runs successful weight clinics at the branch. Samara currently owns Buster the crazy cocker spaniel, Marbles the cat and the latest additions to the family – Rey and Finn two kittens that Samara hand reared from 3 days old and now can’t bear to be parted with.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Blair joined the team at Barking in 2017 and is currently studying for her Veterinary Care Assistant qualification. She hopes to qualify as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the future. Blair is a keen traveller and the proud owner of Cuzco, a cuddly, cheeky rescue cat.
Philippa joined the Goddard Group in 1999 and has seen it develop and grow over the years. Originally from a veterinary equine practice, Philippa now manages ten branches in the East London area. Philippa achieved her management certificate Cert B&PS in 1999 and her Certificate Veterinary Practice Management CVPM in 2013. Philippa lives with her husband, son and her rescue cats Duncan and Sydney. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering projects, was an Olympic Games Maker in London 2012 and helps out at Saturday Park Runs. Philippa has a passion for photography and participates in many charity runs (as long as there is a medal at the end!)
Tel: 020 8506 0703
The following buses stop near the practice:
- EL2 – Dagenham Dock to Becontree Heath
- EL3 – Barking Riverside to Little Heath
- 62 – Gascoigne Estate to Marks Gate
- 5- Canning Town to Romford Market
Barking rail and tube station is a short walk from the practice.Get directions
Pay and display parking is available for clients on Longbridge Road.