Welcome to Hackney
Set within the trendy bustling centre of Hackney, this branch has been looking after local pets since 1978. This busy practice underwent expansion and a complete refurbishment in 2014 allowing us to offer an extended service to our clients and their pets. With such an experienced, friendly team your pet is sure to receive the best possible healthcare providing you with peace of mind.
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 Hackney 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 has been awarded the internationally-recognised Cat Friendly Clinic status for our work in reducing the stress cats experience when attending veterinary practices.
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.
Cat Friendly Clinics
We are members of the International Society of Feline Medicine and many of our branches 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.
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.
Brian Barnett BVSc MRCVS [OV]
Brian is originally from South Africa and has been with us since 1997. Brian is a committed member of the local community and regularly gives talks at schools giving many children their first experience of pet handling. He also regularly offers placements to work experience students, veterinary students and foreign veterinarians. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] Brian is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Away from the surgery, Brian is a keen scuba diver and instructor.
Rebecca Swan BvetMed GPCert(FelP) MRCVS
Rebecca graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Rebecca undertook study placements at Hackney while at University so knows the practice and staff well. Rebecca enjoys all areas of Veterinary Science and her main interests are Feline Medicine, especially geriatric cases. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding and looking after her two cats, Winnie and Wilbur.
Sarah Hutt RVN
Head Nurse – Registered Veterinary Nurse
Sarah studied Animal Management before going on to complete a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing in 2013 at Leeds College of Animal Welfare. After moving to London she initially worked at the Blue Cross Hospital and the PDSA before joining us. Sarah has a keen interest in all aspects of theatre and anaesthesia and she also runs the wellness clinics.
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (New Zealand)
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.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Claire has been with GVG since 2006, originally working at the hospital at 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 has gone on to complete additional training courses and is now studying to gain her RVN qualification. 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.
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.
Hannah joined the team at Hackney in 2017. Hannah has owned and looked after animals her whole life, from dogs to ducks. She spends her spare time wandering around the local city farms and looking after her own pets, two Degus.
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
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