Medivet 24 Hour Dorchester

Southfield Veterinary Centre

01305 262913

4.6 /5
174 reviews

South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1DU

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Out of hours: Consult fee from £229 inc VAT.

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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 RVC in 2016. She worked in small animal practice in Hertfordshire for a number of years to gain experience before moving back home to Dorset this year. She loves all small animals and has a particular soft spot for Labradors and guinea pigs! Her two pets, Melvin & Alvin, love a cuddle! Emma loves walks in the countryside, visiting the beach and exploring when I can.

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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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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Charlotte

Veterinary Nurse


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Charlotte

Veterinary Nurse

I have lived in Dorset all my life and love it here. I currently don’t have any pets, but have owned guinea pigs, chinchillas, cats, dogs, reptiles, stick insects and a horse. I studied at Lynwood School of Veterinary Nursing and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2021. I joined the Southfields team in September 2023. I enjoy all aspects of the job and the variety of patients and cases we see. No two days are ever the same! I have developed a particular interest in laboratory work and anaesthesia and hope to develop these further. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, paddleboarding, baking, playing video games and spending time with my friends and family.

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

Student 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.

Henry

Patient Care Assistant


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Sophie Jackson

Veterinary Nurse


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Sophie Jackson

Veterinary Nurse

I started with Medivet in 2017 and carried out her 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.

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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Shannon

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. She also has the backup of second opinion specialists that can assist remotely for the really tricky cases. 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.

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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4.6 /5
174 reviews
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5.0/5
Feb 21, 2024
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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
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Great service great vets
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5.0/5
Feb 12, 2024
Google Medivet
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
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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
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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.
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5.0/5
Jan 1, 2024
Google Medivet
I went to medivet in Dorchester as an emergency outpatient for my cat klaus. The team were wonderful and helped klaus back to health over the course of 4 days. The staff always made sure to update daily to let me know how klaus was doing. If it wasn't for the team I don't think klaus would be with me now. Thank you all so much
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5.0/5
Nov 23, 2023
Google Medivet
Very friendly, caring & efficient staff Clean & tidy. Provide little touches such as soft bed for arthritic pets whilst waiting & a candle which is lit in the waiting room when someone is saying goodbye to their pet, thus ensuring a quiet atmosphere when leaving There’s a chirpy budgie too!
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5.0/5
Nov 18, 2023
Google Medivet
Thank you to the vet and staff who showed great empathy when we were faced with a tough decision to let our dear Scarlett go…
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1.0/5
Nov 17, 2023
Google Medivet
Took my dog in to be neutered, during which the vet couldn't get a line in to his stomach so instead of asking for help kept trying until he ruptured my drugs spleen causing him to almost die. Spleen was removed then he was prescribed drugs with the wrong dosage on. No one followed up with me and apologised until I complained. After I complained and still had to pay over £500 for the neutering but the practice manager emailed and said I could have the splenectomy (which was clearly never asked for) for free as a "goodwill gesture" as he put it. Still not even a phone call and when I replied to his email he then ignored it. This practice has gone massively downhill since medivet took over. AVOID!
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4.0/5
Nov 11, 2023
Google Medivet
Great practice, have used them for years and with my previous boy who was a rescue, with baggage, this was always managed and understood with no judgement. However, on my most recent visit, the price increase is ridiculous and in this time where things are more of a struggle, I feel that this is wrong. I know this isn’t Southfields but a Medivet decision but this doesn’t alter the fact that it appears vet practices can charge whatever they like.

*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.