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Autumn News 2013



On-line Shop

We are very excited to be launching our Meridian on-line shop which will be available to surf from Monday 2nd September. Just visit us at and click on shop!

The on-line shop will be selling a wide range of food, leads, collars, coats, bedding, shampoos, supplements, treats and toys at very competitive prices! All of the above will be available for Dogs, Cats, Small animals (Rabbits, Hamsters, Birds) and Horses. Delivery will be free on orders over £40 or free collection from the practice so…….

Happy shopping!!!


Opening Hours

We are extending our opening hours…..

Starting from Saturday 7th September we will be open from 8am-4pm every Saturday. New late night opening starting Friday 13th September 8am-7pm every Friday.


Baby News

We have some exciting news about one of our vets here at Meridian Veterinary Practice. Some of you may be aware that Neerja Muncaster has been away since the beginning of July, this is because she is

expecting a baby! We wish her all the best!

Jonathan Yeatts, who has locumed for us in the past, will be joining the Meridian team and covering Neerja while she is on maternity leave.


Exam Results

Congratulations to Amy Starling on passing her final veterinary nursing exam Amy is now our third qualified Nurse at Meridian and will be working alongside our new trainee nurses Vicki and Megan.



The van will be out and about making deliveries every Wednesday

between 2-4pm by Andy Harper. All deliveries will need to be ordered in advance and paid for ready for delivery.

Deliveries will be FREE within a 5 mile radius on orders over £15 or a charge of £5 will occur.



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   Andrea Rhodes working abroad


Andrea has been volunteering abroad for the charity Naturewatch where she has been involved in a small animal neutering scheme.


In 2012 Andrea volunteered to go to Samos (one of the Greek islands) for the Worldwide Veterinary Service with her daughter Harriet, who at the time was a first year vet student.  More recently she went to the Ukraine for the Naturewatch neutering scheme. Naturewatch promotes responsible pet ownership and neutering of cats and dogs abroad. The projected started after press reports about stray animal numbers being reduced by shooting and poisoning before the European football matches held in Ukraine and Poland in 2012.


Andrea flew to Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine, about 16 miles from the Russian border to spend a week neutering cats and dogs.  She worked with three experienced Ukrainian vets and two vet students. Although the vets were experienced, neutering animals isn’t routine for them unlike Andrea who has been neutering animals almost daily for 34 years.  Cats belonging to members of the public were brought in and neutered while the owners waited in the waiting room until they were recovered and were ready to go home, whereas the dogs were often strays from the shelters. Andrea, alone neutered  about 10 animals a day in Ukraine working for 10 hours every day.

Andrea also appeared on Ukrainian television to promote the benefits of having dogs and cats neutered.

Between 3 and 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year simply because they do not have homes. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets and can help reduce the incidence of some of the most common types of cancers so your animal is likely to live a longer and healthier life.


Andrea says “volunteering is something that I have wanted to do for years, but didn’t have the time until my children had grown up. You could say I’m filling the gap they left when they went to University. I felt that I wanted to use my veterinary knowledge for a good cause. I worked for the PDSA for 23 years so I’m probably a charity vet at heart. I have spent years making cakes, helping out with PTA events, at scouts and brownie camps and fundraising for various local causes and I felt that it was time to use my professional abilities to help others. Volunteering gets me out of my daily routine and fires my enthusiasm for the job: It reminds me of why I became a vet.”