Our Clinic

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Purpose built in 2001/02 our clinic encompasses state of the art facilities along with modern design features creating the perfect environment for our specialist veterinarians to treat your pets. During the design and build of our clinic every effort was made to ensure that the needs of our patients and our clients were met. At Eye Veterinary Clinic we have implemented some of the best design ideas from leading clinics around the world. 

Based in Herefordshire one of the most beautiful counties in Britain, Eye Veterinary Clinic is located just off the main A49 road in Marlbrook which is 4 miles outside of Leominster. EVC offers a host of superb facilities to make you and your pets visit to us a pleasant one.

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  • Free Car Parking - We have a dedicated free car park within the clinic.
  • Beautiful Grounds - Take your pet for a relaxing walk around our grounds which include a pond and an orchard.
  • Waiting Room - Relaxing spacious waiting areas for you and your pet. With separate cat and dog areas
  • Coffee Machine - Have a drink while you wait.
  • Four Consulting Rooms - Fully equipped.

 

The clinic has wide range of equipment to deal with all clinical situations.

  • Consulting Room Equipment: Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopes, hand held slit lamp biomicroscopes, tonometers and retinal cameras.
  • Ultrasound: For imaging the inside of the eye and surrounding tissues.
  • Electroretinography: For objective diagnosis of retinal function.
  • Phacoemulsification: Bausch and Lomb Stellaris machine for cataract surgery. This is also used for vitreo-retinal surgery for detached retinas. 
  • Laser: The clinic has a diode laser which is used for a variety of applications in and around the eye for treating some types of tumour, glaucoma and retinal detachments. 
  • Anaesthetic Equipment: We have a full range of anaesthetic monitors and equipment including ECG, pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring, capnography, positive pressure ventilation and peripheral nerve stimulators.

Our History

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The Eye Veterinary Clinic was founded in by Paul Evans MA VetMB CertVOphthal MRCVS. Paul started his career as a country vet in North Herefordshire dealing with all problems in all species. Paul, however had always had a special interest in eye problems from student days. The proportion of his time taken up with Ophthalmology gradually increased until in 1989 it was sufficient for Paul to give up his other work to concentrate on eye problems alone.

Through the 90's it was increasingly clear that the caseload was outgrowing his original premises and new premises were required. In 2002 The Eye Veterinary Clinic moved to a brand new state-of-the-art purpose built building which was designed and equipped to deliver the best in veterinary ophthalmic care. By concentrating on eyes alone the clinic has been able to invest in the best for eye care for animals.

The clinic was built on the footprint of an agricultural barn with land attached. The clinic is based in a one hectare (2 acres) plot of land , which is very unusual for a veterinary premises. The grounds are of interest themselves and were featured in the magazine Water Gardener at the time. Drainage and waste digestion is via a reed bed system feeding into a wildlife pond. The grounds contain a traditional Herefordshire orchard designed by Paul Evans and his wife Sandi. The orchard contains traditional varieties of apple, pear, and plum together with a quince and also damson tress in the hedge as was once traditional.

Other design features of the clinic include:

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  • Hepa filtered air conditioning theatre suites.
  • Vinyl floors, walls, and ceilings in theatres.
  • 'Deep Clean' concept for theatre areas with all cupboards removable.
  • Worktops with curved back-up stand.
  • Circular wall lights & retractable hose.
  • Stainless steel walk-in dog cages from America.
  • Stainless steel scrub & utility units from Plymouth. Bought at the Naval Hospital decommissioning in 2001.
  • A central vacuum system as seen at Dr Jo Wolfer's hospital in Toronto, Canada.
  • Pressure gradients. Theatres to Prep Room to Corridor.
  • Pressure monitoring theatre suite which have "ping pong ball air flow indicators".
  • Theatre services contained in ceiling plenums for power points, medical glasses, and extraction, which minimizes trip hazards. As seen in RSPCA Hospitals in Bristol and Chelsea.
  • Under-floor hot water pipe heating to theatre suites which gives 'clean heat'.
  • Microscope camera monitors and fire resistant window keeps the theatre from becoming isolated from consulting. Theatre can be blacked out with blinds for health and safety when using lasers.
  • Dog Wards with under-floor heating and sloping kennel floors which have a fall into an Aco-drain.
  • Occular Pathology room uses high air extraction over wet tissue cutting bench for health and safety.
  • Imaging room with solid concrete block outer walls and lead lining behind power sockets.
  • Lift shaft built in for future compliance to building regulations.
  • Conference room with open office space for our vets, nurses and administritive staff. Which is able to seat 30+ for meetings.
  • View to reception from first floor staff room and admin office.
  • High ceilings in reception area.
  • Toprail systems in whole hospital, as seen in Thomas & Guys Hospital, London.
  • Planting shelf, along with safety wire, as seen in in a hotel in Canada and Glasgow Airport. 
  • Equine examination box for full dark examination with rubber non slip matting.

Outside the clinic in our grounds, we have also implemented some ecologically friendly features.

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  • Reed bed system - Fed by grey water from building, car park run off, and building roof. Waterfall provides additional oxygenation of finished product to wildlife friendly pond.
  • Traditional Orchard planted 2002 offering apples, plums, and pears.
  • Bunding shrubs which provide a barrier to limit noise pollution from the A49.
  • Traditional mixed variety hedge on south side which includes damson trees.
  • Waterfall positioned with so Fengshui power passes through Managers desk in office on first floor.
We hope all this along with our highly professional, friendly, efficient team of specialists, nurses and administrative staff make your visit to the Eye Veterinary Clinic a happy one.