Welcome to West Ham
For over 100 years’ there has been a practice here serving the local community. Goddard Veterinary Group took over the West Ham practice in 1990. 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 West Ham 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 any time 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 for behavioural advice, we recommend that you bring your new puppy along to the practice for a complimentary health check so they can meet the team, have a cuddle and see that a trip to the vet is usually a pleasant experience. If we don’t run our own puppy parties, the team will be able to recommend puppy socialisation classes or dog trainers in the local area.
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.
Mark Ricciardo BVSc PGCertSAS PGCertSAM MRCVS [OV]
Mark is originally from Australia and joined the practice back in 2002. He is a popular vet with both clients and pets alike and has established a loyal following. Mark is always available to speak to his clients and prides himself on offering a very personal service. He has a keen interest in both small animal medicine and surgery and has completed a General Practice Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. As an Official Veterinarian [OV] Mark is authorised to issue pet passports and complete export health certificates.
Emma Bentley RVN
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Emma has been with the practice since 2005, already having had a wealth of experience as a Veterinary Nurse including time spent specialising as an orthopaedic nurse. As well as her RVN qualification, Emma is also a qualified Assessor for the RVN training course and spends a lot of time supporting Student Veterinary Nurses within the practice.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Charlotte joined the practice in 2012 and is now pursuing her long-time dream of becoming a Veterinary Nurse. After completing her VCA training, Charlotte commenced her veterinary nurse training in 2015. She has owned many pets since she was young and is now the proud owner of a bearded dragon called Stumpy and a rescued stray called Smudge.
Student Veterinary Nurse
Claire joined the team at West Ham team in September 2015 having moved to London from Ireland where she worked as a veterinary assistant in a very busy practice gaining lots of experience. Claire has always loved animals and really enjoys the caring aspect of the job and is looking forward to beginning her veterinary nurse training in the future. In her spare time, Claire enjoys exploring London and going for walks in the parks and enjoying all that London has to offer.
Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Chloe joined the practice having previously worked as an account executive at a magazine publisher. Chloe opted for a career change as she wanted to do something rewarding and something that she is passionate about. She hopes to go on to complete her studies to qualify firstly as a Veterinary Care Assistant and ultimately a Veterinary Nurse. In her spare time, Chloe likes to write poetry, swim and travel.
Charlie qualified as a nurse in 2001 and progressed into head nursing and practice management. She then made the leap into teaching and lectured to nurses for a college in East Anglia. After many years of lecturing, Charlie moved into the management field and set up a nursing academy as well as running a new graduate vet programme whilst managing a region of veterinary practices for a large corporate practice. Charlie now manages nine Goddard branches and when she isn’t out running she is at home with her pug and two Shih Tzus!
Tel: 020 8506 0703
Parking is available for clients on nearby streets.Get directions
Stratford station is a fifteen minute walk from the surgery.Get directions
The following buses pass the surgery:
- Bus no. 69 Walthamstow Bus Station to Canning Town Centre
- Bus no. 241 Stratford Bus Station to Hermit Road
- Bus no. 262 Stratford Bus Station to Sainsbury’s East Beckton