The Veterinary Centre is a friendly, independent vet practice in Uddingston. Our experienced veterinary surgeons, vet nurses and reception staff take a professional and personal approach to the care of your loved ones – so you know you’re in safe paws.
As a small animal practice, we’ve served the local community for over 30 years, including both our immediate neighbours around Uddingston and also pet owners from around Hamilton, Motherwell and Glasgow.
We understand that your pets are your family, and when you place them under our care, they become our family too.
As a privately-owned, well-established practice, we constantly strive to provide the very highest level of clinical care, client communication and compassion – and we’re proud of our reputation in the local community.
Our practice owners and principal vets, Rebecca Davidson and Heather Waddell, have more than three decades of combined experience in small animal veterinary care.
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As a vet nurse training practice, we’re proud to provide clinical training for our student nurses.
This means we’re inspected by a Veterinary Nurse Approved Centre (responsible to the RCVS), to ensure that our practice meets the standards necessary to provide a suitable environment for training.
Along with our RCVS accreditation, illustrates our commitment to the education and training of all our staff members.
At The Veterinary Centre we are striving to reduce our impact on the environment. We recognise that the health of animals, humans and the environment are inextricably linked. We acknowledge that what we do in practice can influence the environment in terms of the use of consumables, emissions and waste generation. We aim to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint and encourage a more sustainable practice amongst our staff, clients and suppliers.
We have created our own 'Green team' who will focus on our sustainability and continually improve and review the way we operate.
Changes we have already made 2023:
- Switching to a greener energy supplier and tariff using 100% renewable energy.
- PIR lighting around practice - times out when no one in the room. Reducing the use of electricity.
- Recycling paper, tins, plastic, card, glass and batteries.
- Moving towards paperless practice e.g. electronic receipts, lab results, pet reminders and insurance claims.
- Using refills, for e.g. hand soap, washing up liquid.
- Purchasing Fair Trade supplies for the staff room.
- Using paper dispensing bags and carrier bags. Made from recycled materials.
- Using reusable, fabric scrub hats.
- Reducing waste by unsubscribing from unwanted mailings and requesting electronic invoices from suppliers.
- Switching supplier for patient nutraceuticals to one using less plastic packaging.
- Recycle coffee pods from staff room machine - reduces staff's need for take out coffee.
- Increasing recycling - adding more recycling bins around practice. Reminders to the team of what can be recycled.
- Reviewed suppliers of stationary, cleaning and catering products. Most paper products were already recycled or FSC approved. Some substitutions made e.g. zero-plastic Sellotape
- Christmas donations made to charity instead of cards sent.
- We have limited options for planting flowers for pollinators at our site but we do have hanging baskets and take part in Uddingston in bloom with flower troughs outside of the practice. Trees around the practice.
- Joined bee friendly practice scheme.
- We promote animal welfare in practice with stress free handling and hospitalisation. Regular pain scoring as standard.
- Using Sterilium where we can to reduce use of the plastic scrubbing brushes.
- PROTECT ME poster to encourage responsible prescribing of antibiotics in practice.
- Use of theatre shoes instead of single use shoe covers.
- Reducing anaesthetic gas for environmental benefit. No use of nitrous oxide in practice , avoid unnecessary or prolonged GA’s, equipment regularly checked and maintained, using soda like rebreathing systems, using volatile agent sparing drugs and techniques (eg premed/Local anaesthetic)
Aims for 2024
- Carbon calculator - Vet Sustain. Use this tool to assess our practice once it is up and ready.
- Perform a Waste audit.
- Plastic buster collars - look at recycled options.
- Learning how to help bees via the British Bee Veterinary Association.
- Install a bee hotel for outside practice
- Look into making use of the ‘cycle to work’ scheme and car sharing.
- Look at changing from single use plastic bins (bio bin)
- Look at reusable sterilisation tins or wraps/pouches.
- Work through The Green Procurement List.