Welcome to Highbury
Situated just a stone’s throw from Canonbury Station, set within a parade of shops is our busy Highbury branch. Our long-standing dedicated team are familiar faces to our clients, who often pop in just to say hello when passing. Our team strive to provide the best possible care for their patients and pet owners under their care.
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 Highbury 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.
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.
Louise Riches BVSc MRCVS [OV]
Louise qualified from Melbourne University in 1992 and after a two-year stint in rural practice moved to the UK. She has additional qualifications in Veterinary Practice Management and very much enjoys looking after pets throughout their life. Louise has a special interest in feline medicine, the human/animal bond and the important place that pets have in our society. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] Louise is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates.
Caroline Frith BVMS MRCVS [OV]
Caroline works at the practice every Friday so that Louise can benefit from a well-earned rest! Caroline qualified from Glasgow in 2000 and then spent her first year in practice in New York in a cat hospital before returning to the UK and working in rural Buckinghamshire for three years before settling in London. Caroline has a particular interest in rabbit nutrition and preventative healthcare and has a cat called Wilbur. Caroline is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. When she is not working or being Mum, Caroline enjoys running and cycling.
Lauren Bates RVN
Senior Nurse, Registered Veterinary Nurse
Lauren has advanced her studies with the Advanced Feline Nursing course run by COAPE. She has a particular interest in pet behaviour and completed a certificate in the Clinical Application of Pheromonatherapy in Behaviour Problems of Companion Animals. Lauren is the practice’s Cat Advocate and has studied Low-Stress Handling. She is dedicated to improving animal welfare and has spent time in Vietnam helping to rehabilitate bears freed from terrible conditions in captivity. As a member of the WVS for many years, she has worked in Europe on animal welfare schemes for street cats and dogs.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Ruby has been working at the Highbury branch since 2013. She qualified as a Veterinary Care Assistant in 2015 and is now undertaking her veterinary nurse training at the Goddard Veterinary Nursing College.
Student Veterinary Nurse
After moving to the UK from Australia in 2014 Sarah worked as a nursing assistant in London as well as volunteering at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Victoria. She is very excited about beginning the journey of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse and after gaining her VCA qualification is now studying for her veterinary nurse qualification.
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
Metered parking is available for clients near to the surgery.Get directions
Canonbury rail station is next door to us, Highbury tube station is just a 10 minutes walk away and Islington tube station is a 15 minutes’ walk away.Get directions
The following buses stop near the surgery:
- Bus No. UL1 Angel Lane to Royal Free Hospital
- Bus No. 236 Blackstock Road to Hackney Wick