Welcome to Goddard Vets Hackney
Here you will find our friendly and dedicated team on hand to take care of all your veterinary needs. Your animal’s welfare is our top priority, and you can feel confident you’ll receive the highest standards of care at this practice.
Facilities and Services
Our Hackney practice is fully equipped to care for your pet with our excellent on-site facilities, allowing for blood testing, x-rays and operations to be performed. You can find the full list of services we offer at our Hackney vet practice at the bottom of this page.
How to Find Us
Our Hackney practice can be found in the bustling centre of Hackney. This branch has been operating since 1978, and since undergone extensive refurbishments and extensions to make room for all our visitors on two legs or four.
Parking and Accessibility
If you’re travelling to our Hackney practice via car, there is meter parking, as well as pay and display parking available for clients in the parking bays at Mere and Well Street. You may also find parking spaces in the Lidl car park that is further up Well Street.
Alternatively, if you are travelling via train, London Fields is the nearest rail station, being only a short walk away. Bus No. 26, 48, 55, 106, 254 and D6 also make stops close by.
What to do in the event of an Emergency
In the event of an emergency, or if your pet is unwell outside the practice hours, then we have an emergency vet hospital that can provide urgent assistance. Our veterinary hospitals are open 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day. The closest hospital to our Hackney practice is the Wanstead Veterinary Hospital. They can be contacted on 020 8989 7744. For your peace of mind, and continuity of care, your pet medical history is accessible from all of our branches, at any time.
Highest Standards of Veterinary Care
Our Hackney practice 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.
This branch has been awarded the internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic status for our work in reducing the stress cats experience when attending veterinary practices.
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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.
Cat Friendly Clinics
We are members of the International Society of Feline Medicine and many of our practices have been awarded the internationally recognised Cat Friendly Clinic status. We take great care to ensure that our feline friends feel as comfortable as possible in our practices. Please ask us for help if your cat is particularly nervous visiting the vets.
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.
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is vitally important for their overall health. Just as we brush our teeth each day and get regular dental check-ups, our pets also need regular preventative care, dental check-ups and dental treatment for a range of dental diseases or trauma. We recommend keeping up-to-date with your pet’s dental health and, as with any aspect of their wellbeing, we see prevention as a much better outcome than a cure.
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.
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.
Pet neutering is a hot topic among owners across the UK with some non-medical theories and myths making people doubt the procedure for their dog, cat, rabbit or any other household pet. All Goddard Vets encourage owners to consider neutering their pets for a range of medical and behavioural benefits.
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.
Pet Insurance Information
People tend to think it’s only older pets that get ill and therefore younger pets don’t need pet insurance but we know from the patients we see each day that that is not the case. In fact, the younger your pet is when you insure them the better as it means you are less likely to have any existing conditions, which may not be covered by the policy and you can then receive more help covering the cost of any future treatment your pet needs.
A microchip is a tiny glass capsule, about the size of a grain of rice, which is filled with electronic components giving a unique 15 digit number. Giving a pet a microchip is a relatively simple procedure.
Animal Health Certificates
Official Veterinarians are able to issue Animal Health Certificates enabling you to travel 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.
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.
Wellness health screen
Spotting potential health issues before signs appear can help protect your pet from serious disease.
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.
Niven Packery BVSc MRCVS
Niven qualified in South Africa before moving to the UK in 2015. Niven joined the team at Hackney in 2020 and has a keen interest in surgery and is currently undertaking a post graduate certificate in Small Animal Surgery. In his spare time he enjoys fitness, travelling and volunteering at animal charities .
Jean Rourke MVB MRCVS
Jean always had a keen interest in working with animals since childhood. Upon achieving her MVB Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin in 2017, she quickly realised her desire to work more specifically in companion animal practice. She moved to London in January 2018 to work as a junior rotating vet at a busy first opinion small animal hospital before joining the team at Hackney to further her career progression. Jean is looking forward to getting to know the clients and their pets and building long lasting relationships in her new role. In her free time Jean enjoys baking, running, swimming and rugby.
Sarah Vaughan RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Sarah graduated in New Zealand in 2011 where she worked as a medicine specialist nurse. Sarah has two cats back in New Zealand and misses them dearly. She is looking forward to exploring Europe whilst she is living in the UK.
Claire Smith RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Claire has worked for the Goddard Group since 2006, originally at the hospital in Wanstead and following a break for maternity leave worked at various branches before joining the team at Hackney. After completing her ANA in 2009, Claire went on to complete additional training courses before gaining her RVN qualification in 2018. Claire has fostered many stray cats, one of which she ended up keeping (Breezer) who was later joined by Mona a stray kitten that she nursed back to health. In her spare time, Claire enjoys looking after these two cheeky characters and her young family.
Sarah Jane Peirce RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Sarah joined the team at Hackney in 2021. She studied animal welfare at Caple Manor College before going on to study veterinary nursing at Middlesex University. Sarah is hoping to become a canine behaviourist and trainer.
Morgan Kenyon RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Morgan joined the team at Hackney in 2019 and qualified as an RVN in 2021. She has always had an interest in all animals and studied Animal Management before beginning her training as a veterinary nurse.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Jaimee started as a volunteer at the Hackney branch and due to her keen interest in pursuing a career as a nurse joined the team. After working on reception for a while Jaimee is now studying for her veterinary nursing diploma. Jaimee has three cats of her own – Lennon, Harrison and Ringo, has a keen interest in cat behaviour and really loves caring for the inpatients at the branch.
Mairéad joined the team at Hackney in 2020 after studying Animal Management at Writtle College Mairéad has two cats of her own, Minky and Diego, an abandoned kitten who has now found his forever home.
Charlotte joined the team at Hackney in 2022. This is her first job in the veterinary industry but Charlotte has ambitions of qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse in the future. Outside of work, Charlotte likes to crochet, play tennis and most of all to spend time with her little kitten.
Caroline has over 20 years experience working in managerial roles within the veterinary and hospitality industries, and she joined the Goddard Group in 2019. Caroline has a passion for developing business and supporting individuals and teams to maximise their own potential. Outside of work creativity is her main focus with stained glass, print making, painting and drawing on the list of many hobbies. Caroline lives in west London and she enjoys the energy of the city but also the opportunity just to relax with her two adorable cats who are credited for her move into the veterinary industry.
Tel: 020 8506 0703
Meter parking and pay and display parking is available for clients in parking bays in Mare and Well Streets, and in the Lidl car park further up Well Street for a nominal charge on-site.Get directions
London Fields is the nearest rail station.Get directions
Buses stopping near the surgery include:
- Bus no. 26 Trowbridge Road to Waterloo station, Waterloo Road (passes in front of the surgery)
- Bus no. 48 Walthamstow bus station to London Bridge station
- Bus no. 55 Lea Bridge Road / Bakers Arms to Oxford Circus
- Bus no’s 106, 254 & D6 from Bethnal Green go up to Well Street