Welcome to Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital
The Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital has been offering veterinary care in Wimbledon for over 100 years and became part of the Goddard Group in 2001. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Julie Johnson BSc BVetMed MRCVS [OV]
Head of Region & Head Veterinary Surgeon
Julie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1992 and joined Stone Lion in April 2015, having spent over 20 years as a small animal vet in both the private and charity sectors. She joins the practice from the RSPCA, where she was Hospital Director of their London hospitals. Julie is particularly interested in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Julie lives in Putney with her husband and son, Moffat the Border Collie cross and a small tabby cat named Malinka.
Jacqui Gold MA VetMB MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon and Hospital Manager
Jacqui qualified from Cambridge University in 2007 and has worked at the Stone Lion since 2009. She was appointed hospital manager in addition to her clinical duties in 2015. Jacqui is particularly interested in emergency medicine and critical care as well as soft tissue surgery. Jacqui is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Jacqui lives in Wimbledon with her husband, her Yorkshire Terrier Brut and Tatty a tabby cat who was brought to Stone Lion as an abandoned kitten. Outside of work, Jacqui’s interests are knitting, gardening and reading.
Helen Ward DrMedVet MRCVS [OV]
Helen joined the Goddard Group in 2015 and initially worked at our surgeries in Fulham, Kennington and Putney before transferring to the Stone Lion Hospital in June 2016. Helen is studying for a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and her interests include dermatology, dentistry and animal welfare. Helen is an Official Veterinarian [OV] which means that she is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates. Outside of work Helen enjoys running, cycling, yoga and outdoor swimming.
Louise Barnett BVM BVS MRCVS
Louise graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011 and after working in both first opinion and referral practice in the UK and Australia, she joined Stone Lion in October 2016. Louise’s main interests are in cardiology and diagnostic imaging so she spends a lot of her working time in the ultrasound suite at Stone Lion! She lives in nearby Putney and outside of work enjoys the gym, running, playing guitar and travelling.
Nikolina Chatzipantazi MRCVS
Nikolina graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2010 and has been working since then in Greece and the U.K. She joined the team of Stone Lion as a night vet in 2017 and her particular interests are emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work, Nikolina enjoys travelling, yoga, reading, crochet and pen and paper role-playing games.
Michael Cornish BVetMed MRCVS
Michael joined the Goddard Group via our New Graduate scheme in 2017 after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College. Mike’s main interests are geriatric and feline medicine and also ophthalmology. In his spare time, Mike is actively involved in his local church and enjoys reading, cycling and playing the saxophone.
Gianluca Magi MRCVS
Gianluca joined the team graduated in Perugia and has worked in general practice both in Italy and in the UK. In 2016 he attended a one-year rotating internship and he is now studying towards a Certificate with the University of Liverpool. He joined the Stone Lion Hospital in 2018. Gianluca enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery, although has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery.
Sarah Carter RVN, Head Nurse
Registered Veterinary Nurse
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After working in banking for 27 years Tania decided to follow her heart and started a career working with animals. She began as an auxiliary nurse in a wildlife hospital and after two years joined the team at Stone Lion as a receptionist. Tania is now the line manager for the team of five receptionists. Tania is the first port of call for any wildlife casualties that are brought in and helps with the rehoming of strays. At home, Tania has six cats, three rabbits and one tortoise (all rescues) and enjoys cycling, reading and volunteering at Wildlife Aid.
Pay and display parking available nearby around the common.Get directions
Wimbledon British Rail station and Wimbledon District Line tube. The Hospital is then a 10-15 minute walk up the hill into Wimbledon Village or take the 493 or 93 busGet directions
- Red Bus Route 93 Priory Road to Putney Bridge Station
- Purple Bus Route 493 from St George / University of London to Richmond / Manor Road