Medivet 24 Hour Dorchester

Southfield Veterinary Centre

01305 262913

4.6 /5
175 reviews

South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1DU

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Out of hours: Consult fee from £239 inc VAT. No charge for assessment by phone.

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To register with us, you’ll need to complete a registration form. Once completed, one of our friendly team members will contact you to arrange an initial appointment for your pet.

 

Meet the team

Alex

Partner and Veterinary Surgeon


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Alex

Partner and Veterinary Surgeon

Alex qualified from St Catherine’s College Cambridge in 2007 and worked in a mixed practice in Dorset before moving to Southfields in 2012 to pursue small animal work. Her main clinical interests include diagnostic imaging, and cardiology in which she holds post graduate certificates. Out of work Alex is a mum to two young children, a Labrador Zephyr and two cats Bruce and Patch. In her rare spare time, she enjoys singing and performing both on and off the stage.

MA VetMB GPCert SADI, PgC SAC MRCVS

Valentin

Veterinary Surgeon


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Valentin

Veterinary Surgeon

Valentin was born in the Republic of Moldova in a small village where he grew up. He qualified from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2017. He joined the practice in the spring of 2019. He has a special interest in surgery and specifically soft tissue and Orthopaedics whereby he is currently completing a RCVS accredited certificate in small animal surgery.

Emma

Veterinary Surgeon


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Emma

Veterinary Surgeon

Emma graduated at the Royal Veterinary College in 2016. After gaining experience working in small animal practices in Hertfordshire; moved back to her hometown of Bournemouth and joined the team in 2020. She has a keen interest in internal medicine. When not working enjoys long hikes with her Labrador Ted, reading and family time with her daughter.

Catherine

Veterinary Surgeon


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Catherine

Veterinary Surgeon

It seems many years ago that I qualified from the University of Melbourne. Soon after I travelled to the UK to locum and explore my paternal heritage, however I unexpectedly settled in Dorset and never returned to Australia. It is a fortunate person who can spend decades enjoying their work and so I feel blessed to be one of these few. As a generalist veterinary surgeon my role covers treating animals in multiple disciplines, my current area of study is in veterinary dentistry which is an area in which we all can do so much more and make a big difference to the lives of many of our pets. I look forward to meeting you and your pets when you are next in the hospital. Cathie

Holly

Night Veterinary Surgeon


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Holly

Night Veterinary Surgeon

I graduated from Nottingham University in July 2017, and. In 2021, I embarked on a new adventure as a night vet, where I've had the privilege of tending to the needs of our beloved companions when they need it most. My commitment to continuous learning and professional growth led me to pursue a postgraduate certificate in emergency medicine and surgery. Beyond the life in the clinic, I share my life with four wonderful border collies. These intelligent and spirited companions have taught me the value of patience, companionship, and the joys of outdoor adventures.

Alexandra

Veterinary Surgeon


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Alexandra

Veterinary Surgeon

I've been qualified since 2021. In 2022 I've joined Medivet to pursue my interests in internal medicine and emergency and critical care medicine. Working in a 24h hospital in the countryside gave me the opportunity to do what I love most: caring for animals in need and hiking in my personal time.

Arda

Veterinary Surgeon


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Arda

Veterinary Surgeon

Arda qualified from Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Worked voluntarily with stray animals and rescue dogs while he was a student and for a while after he graduated too. Joined Medivet in 2022. He has a special interest in surgery. Out of work Arda enjoys to do caving, bush crafting, wood working and reading history.

Siobhan

Veterinary Surgeon


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Siobhan

Veterinary Surgeon

Siobhan, who qualified over 30 years ago, has dedicated her career to working in veterinary practice, having a vested interest in dermatology. Holding an RCVS certificate and advanced practitioner status in Dermatology, she brings extensive expertise to her work. Commencing her role at Medivet Dorchester 24 in January 2024, Siobhan also enjoys spending her leisure time walking her dogs and playing the piano.

Rita

Night Veterinary Surgeon


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Rita

Night Veterinary Surgeon

Rita qualified from University of Lisbon in 2017 and since then she has worked in several busy hospitals in Lisbon and London. In 2023 Rita has started her career as a night veterinary surgeon allowing her to follow her passion for emergency and critical care. Working towards a post-graduate qualification in ECC and feline medicine are future aspirations that Rita holds. Outside work, Rita enjoys hiking with her loving husband, two boys and four beagles

Karin

Head Veterinary Nurse


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Emma

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse


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Emma

Deputy Head Veterinary Nurse

Qualifying in 2014 and gaining her nursing certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2016 , Emma has spent the last 4.5 years working as a Night Veterinary Nurse. She joined Southfield Veterinary Centre in 2023 as Deputy Head Nurse and is excited to get back to the diverse and fascinating world of daytime nursing. At home she is kept busy with her two sphynx cats and young son. She enjoys roller skating and travelling.

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Sophie

Veterinary Nurse


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Sophie

Veterinary Nurse

I started with Medivet in 2017 and carried out my veterinary nursing training. Qualifying in February 2022 at the Medivet Dorchester 24hr hospital. With an specific interest in wildlife, exotics, critical care and diagnostic imaging.

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Amy

Veterinary Nurse


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Molly

Veterinary Nurse


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Molly

Veterinary Nurse

I joined Medivet Dorchester in September 2023. I qualified in 2019 and have recently completed an advanced programme in veterinary nursing of wildlife and a course in schedule 3 nursing. I have an interest in emergency and critical care nursing and love looking after wildlife. I’m hoping to start my emergency and critical care certificate soon. I have a spoilt old ginger cat called Charlie and enjoy socialising with friends and family and travelling in my spare time!

Hayley

Night Veterinary Nurse


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Hayley

Night Veterinary Nurse

Having started at Weymouth in November 2016, I am now working hard in my second year of nurse training at Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing. Outside of work, I’m kept busy by my two dogs, Orion and Ahs, as well as a gecko and a corn snake.

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Holly

Night Veterinary Nurse


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Stacey

Night Veterinary Nurse


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Danielle

Veterinary Nurse


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Rosie

Student Veterinary Nurse


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Rosie

Student Veterinary Nurse

I am a student veterinary nurse in my 2nd year. I am passionate about advocating for my patients and am enjoying learning how to do anaesthetics and the importance of post op care for all types of patients. In my spare time, I love to volunteer and passionate about conservation of different species. I completed a degree in animal welfare, and this has helped my nursing hugely. I am looking forward to developing my skills further in laboratory diagnostics, diagnostic imaging, and nurse consults.

Shannon

Patient and Client Care Assistant


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Henry

Patient Care Assistant


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Sophia

Patient and Client Care Assistant


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Hannah

Hydrotherapist


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Elizabeth

Physiotherapist


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Elizabeth

Physiotherapist

Lizzie Jones is a Chartered Human Physiotherapist and has a master’s degree in veterinary Physiotherapy and is registered with ACPAT. She has over 12 years’ experience in treating animals. She has a 10-year-old cocker spaniel at home and loves walking him in the Purbecks in her time off or taking him paddle boarding which he loves.

Cheri

Head Client Care Assistant


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Rebecca

Client Care Assistant


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Vanessa

Client Care Assistant


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Izzy

Client Care Assistant


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Sandee

Client Care Assistant


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  • Your vet in Dorchester

    Led by Branch Partner Alex Best we're a kind and caring team based in Dorchester who are dedicated to delivering the best client and patient care. We offer a full range of veterinary services and facilities including advanced surgical and imaging techniques and excellent 24/7 inpatient care. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and helping your pet lead a long and happy life.

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    Cardiology referral service

    Alex Best holds certificates in both diagnostic imaging and cardiology and takes referrals for all sorts of heart cases. With a high specification ultrasound scanner and full array of probes she is able to diagnose and assess congenital and acquired heart conditions. Ultrasound scans are carried out in the practice as a day patient procedure and usually without any sedation.

  • Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy

    At Medivet Dorchester we're proud to offer hydrotherapy and physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy is highly effective in relieving pain, restoring function and speeding up the recovery process. We also have an underwater treadmill, a physiotherapist and a trained hydrotherapist. Find out more about hydrotherapy below.

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  • 24 hour on site hospital care

    As a hospital we have staff working on the premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Overnight we always have at least one vet and nurse working on site at all times. This means that we are always available to help your pets. Our inpatients are looked after in separate dog, cat and isolation wards by a dedicated hospital team so they are always in the best of hands. 

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    Laparoscopic Surgery

    Laparoscopic surgeries utilise tiny incisions and specialised instruments, allowing for precise internal exploration and procedures. This means reduced pain, minimal scarring, and shorter hospital stays for your cherished companion. Whether it's spaying, organ biopsies, or even more complex surgeries, our experienced veterinary team is proficient in providing the highest standard of care using this innovative approach.

  • Dental Xray

     With exceptional image clarity and precision, our veterinary dental X-ray provides unparalleled insights into the hidden complexities of your pet's oral health. From detecting hidden cavities and abscesses to identifying fractures and periodontal disease, this advanced tool allows our veterinarians to make accurate diagnoses and develop personalized treatment plans.

  • Dermatology

    Siobhan is our resident dermatologist, and she specialises in diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin, ear, hair, and nail disorders in animals, including allergies, infections, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances, parasites, and skin cancer. Siobhan will use various diagnostic techniques like skin scrapings, cultures, allergy testing, biopsies, and imaging to identify the underlying cause. Treatment plans may include medications, topical therapies, dietary changes, immunotherapy, or surgery. They also focus on improving the animal's quality of life by alleviating discomfort, itching, pain, and infections associated with these conditions.

Medivet Healthcare Plan

A Medivet Healthcare Plan is an easy and cost-efficient way to cover the cost of important healthcare essentials.

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Reviews

4.6 /5
175 reviews
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5.0/5
Jun 13, 2024
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The service provided by the practice was highly professional, with excellent, open and clear advice on laparoscopic spay for my cocker spaniel dog Pip. I would strongly recommend Southfield vets.
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5.0/5
Apr 23, 2024
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Went for emergency out of hours treatment for our two rabbits. Great staff. Friendly, informative, reassuring.
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5.0/5
Apr 12, 2024
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I have had the services of an excellent vet, who has significantly improved the life of my dog.
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5.0/5
Apr 4, 2024
Google Medivet
We would like to thank Medivet for their care towards our elderly girl over the Easter weekend. They acted promptly when they discovered she was unwell and kept her in for treatment. They kept us regularly updated with how she was doing, and allowed us to visit her and assist with feeding. Unfortunately, since bringing her home two days ago, we have sadly had to put her to sleep due to a rapid deterioration. But without your swift intervention and care, we would not have been able to bring her home and have an extra 24 hours with her.
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5.0/5
Mar 28, 2024
Google Medivet
Very good surgery. Took very good care of my cocker (bell) Kept me updated on her condition all through her treatment. All the staff from vets, nudging and reception very friendly
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5.0/5
Feb 21, 2024
Google Medivet
I’m new to this veterinary surgery & have nothing but praise for them. It has been, by far, the easiest sign up & visit I have ever experienced! Both my dogs are on the healthcare plan. The price is good & treatments have been adapted to a health issue without a problem. From the first phone call onwards, the staff have been kind, reassuring & extremely helpful. I would recommend medivets in Dorchester to anyone looking for quality & professionalism.
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5.0/5
Feb 15, 2024
Google Medivet
Great service great vets
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5.0/5
Feb 12, 2024
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Lovely staff and very efficient.
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3.0/5
Feb 6, 2024
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5.0/5
Jan 30, 2024
Google Medivet
Very happy with our experience. Felt the vet cared about her patient and gave her a thorough examination. She was attentive to our needs and our little girl (Bengal cat) would have happily settled down with Alex for the morning, on her couch.
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5.0/5
Jan 28, 2024
Google Medivet
My cat Salem was in a fight and came off worse. I rang them out of hours and by 9.15pm he had been treated and sent home with medicine. The vet was so kind and caring. I cannot thank them enough, considering how angry he was too...Thank you.
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1.0/5
Jan 8, 2024
Google Medivet
Only given 1 star as 0 stars is not an option. Service was awful, no care given to our dog at all … a complete “show me the money” experience … quoted a ridiculous fee, and given that our dog had already been diagnosed with Pancreatitis, then declared that unless we paid 50% up front there and then they would turn him away, despite our insurance company already agreeing to cover the costs in full. I would strongly recommend that no one ever darkens their doors unless you’re keen to see vets prioritise the almighty pound over any form of care for the animals. Truly shocking experience.

*Based on average saving for dogs and cats on the Medivet Healthcare Plan over a 12 month period at this practice. This saving excludes the additional savings benefits that are available to these pets on plan (e.g. 15% off dental procedures & 10% off vet care and medication and some food). Prices correct February 2024.