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SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals4 weeks ago
It’s that time of year again where agility shows all over the UK begin and we are pleased to announce that we will be attending the following shows this year;

➡️ SWAT
(Venue: Coppice Farm TA7 9NT)
Saturday 28th May & Sunday 29th May

➡️ The Kennel Club Festival
(Venue: Rutland Showground LE15 7TW)
Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th August

➡️ SWAT
(Venue: Coppice Farm TA7 9NT)
Saturday 17th September & Sunday 18th September

Appointments will be available throughout these days offering routine appointments to current clients and also Fitness Assessments to current and new clients.
To read more about our services please visit our website;
🌎 www.smartvetwales.co.uk

📧 To enquire or book an appointment at these shows please contact Natalie on;
natalie@smartvetwales.co.uk
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals1 month ago
Since the Spring 2021, we have been working with VetzPetz looking at the use of their supplement 'Antinol' in the patients we have been treating in clinic.
VetzPetz UK https://antinol.co.uk/

We are currently processing the data from a study that has been completed in clinic with a pool of those patients taking the supplement, alongside their rehabilitation treatment with us. We are hoping this will be ready to publish later this year.

In the New Year, the Antinol team came to the clinic to film a promotional video and kindly gifted us this video of our Vet, Lowri Davies discussing how the SMART Veterinary Clinic came to be, and why the progression of appropriate rehabilitation and physiotherapy is so important for our patients, and the profession as a whole. We hope you find this interesting.

Over the coming months we plan to introduce you to the rest of the SMART team who all work together in delivering our service at both Clinics. To start our introductions here's a little bit more information from a Q&A with Lowri;

1. What is your role at SMART?
Depends on who you ask. I started off as vet and general dogsbody back in 2004. Now my primary role is lead vet and clinical director.

2. How long have you worked at SMART?
Far too long - I started the Swansea Clinic way back in 2004.

3. What is the most interesting part/favourite part about working at SMART?
The satisfaction of being able to adopt a holistic approach to managing pain and mobility and seeing many of our patients transform from being scared and immobile to being active, happy individuals. I also love it when our sporting dogs do well.

4. Give us a fun fact about yourself!
I was expelled from school for swearing at the headmaster 🙂

5. Do you have any pets?
I have a border collie called Fflam who is far more intelligent than I am. Three horses and a few pet sheep.
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 months ago
We are looking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic Full Time Veterinary Surgeon, with an interest in pain management and rehabilitation, to work in our Cardiff and Swansea clinics with our RCVS accredited Specialist in rehabilitation and team.

40 hours/week, no nights or weekends or OOH. An interest in Canine Sports Medicine would also be advantageous.

The clinics have a varied case load including complex neurological, orthopaedic and chronic pain cases. Diagnostic facilities include a dedicated musculoskeletal ultrasound unit, Gait 4 pressure mat system and Thermography. Previous experience in novel pain management techniques and rehabilitation desirable but not essential as inhouse training will be provided. Starting salary £38,000.

Closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.
To apply, please visit
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 months ago
🌼 Happy St.Davids Day to all our friends and clients 🌼
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 months ago
Pets of The Month For February – Lemon and Spring

This month we are featuring two of the many sports dogs that visit the SMART Clinic – Lemon and Spring. Lemon and Spring are both Border Collies and compete in Dog Agility. At the ages of five and nine years respectively they are at quite different stages of their sporting careers. This year Spring will retire injury free following a long and successful career both nationally and internationally, whilst Lemon will be busy preparing for this year's upcoming agility events.

We see a variety of sporting dogs at the SMART Clinic including dogs taking part in agility, obedience, fly-ball and cani-cross. Agility involves the dog and its handler tackling a variety of obstacles around a set course. Taking part in agility requires the dog to have good levels of stamina, strength, co-ordination and flexibility not only to be successful but avoid injury. As well as treating and rehabilitating injuries in sports dogs if they occur, a large part of treating them is aimed at preventing injury and maintaining fitness to take part as well as directing the development of puppies and young dogs aiming for a future in canine sports.
As well as treatment in the clinic including acupuncture, physiotherapy and treadmill walking, this involves the development of conditioning/fitness programmes, specific home exercise programmes targeted at each individual dog and the tasks they need to perform, and reviewing nutrition.

Spring retires from his agility career with having won the prestigious agility finals at Olympia and competing for the Great Britain agility team among his achievements, as well as competing in European and World Championships.

Among her achievements, Lemon is an agility champion, has competed for the Great Britain agility team and in December 2021 won at Olympia.

Well done Lemon and Spring!
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals
SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals3 months ago
Everyone at SMART Specialist Veterinary Referrals would like to say a HUGE Congratulations to our very own Lowri Davies on winning the coveted Woodrow Award as part of this years BSAVA Awards! This has been presented to her for her contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine and in recognition of the dedication, passion and hard work she has shown. Lowri was nominated for this award because she has never stopped pushing the boundaries to educate our profession about what can be achieved through appropriate rehabilitation treatment of our patients-we are all so proud of her and the work she continues to do to push the profession forward. Well done Lowri! xxxx