Out of Hours (OOH) refers to the arrangements we make for emergency care and appointments for your pets outside our normal opening hours.
This applies to night times, weekends outside normal opening hours and all Bank Holidays.
Up until now, we have run an “On Call” service for our OOH service. This meant that vets and nurses who had worked a full day shift and were due to work the next day too, took an emergency phone home and were often needed to come out to see appointments or do operations at any time of day or night.
Abington Vets have dedicated emergency vets who are only open at nights, weekends and bank holidays. Their fully qualified staff are on site all the time ready and waiting and inpatients receive an excellent standard of care. The staff receive regular training in emergency medicine. As they have not worked during the day, they are well rested and can provide the best care without having to cope with lack of sleep. This will allow us to raise the quality of the OOH service we provide to you and your pet.
We truly believe that this is a safer and better service for your pets both during the OOH period and normal opening hours.
We have not extended our opening hours here at Corby, however we will be offering longer consulting times within our opening hours.
In order to reduce the chance that you will need to use the Out of Hours Service, we are increasing our opening hours on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday at our Oundle Branch. This means we will be able to see more appointments and deal with more emergencies on the day.
If your pet requires continued overnight treatment, they can remain in the care of our sister site - Oundle Veterinary Surgery. After the practice closes there is no one on the premises permanently until we re-open, however we have a Vet and Nurse team on duty, who will visit the practice to deliver inpatient checks.
Should more intensive care and 24 hour monitoring be required for your pet, or specifically requested by yourself, referral to Abington Vets or a specialist service can be arranged.
We know that transport to the vets can be difficult especially if you need care out of hours. Animals at Home is a local service that provides a DEFRA licensed pet taxi that is available to transport your pet 24 hours a day. Their contact number is 07941 058548.
Alternatively, some standard taxi services will transport pets, please contact the practice for details and contact numbers so you can be prepared in an emergency situation.