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New head vet appointed at Birmingham Dogs Home
Dr Bradford will lead on improving quality of care at the charity's independent practice.
Naomi Bradford will lead the charity’s independent clinic.

Birmingham Dogs Home has appointed Naomi Bradford as the new head veterinary surgeon at its practice, The Vet Clinic.

She will lead on improving the quality of care at the charity’s independent practice, which provides a full-service, general practice for dogs, cats and some small animals.

Dr Bradford graduated as a veterinary surgeon at Nottingham University Vet School, before beginning her career looking after wildlife in South Africa.

She later returned to the UK, continuing her work in small animal practice, before joining Birmingham Dogs Home in 2023.

The purpose-built clinic has three consulting rooms, dog and cat wards, a dental suite and an operating theatre. It also has its own laboratory and diagnostic imaging suite.

By running its own clinic, Birmingham Dogs Home says it is able to reduce the costs of essential medical care, manage emergency cases, and ensure the physical health of dogs as they recover. The clinic’s income supports the work of the charity’s rescue centres, which care for over 2,000 abandoned dogs across the Midlands each year.

The charity is also raising urgent funds for a new maternity wing at its Solihull centre, after an influx of abandoned expectant mothers.

Dr Bradford said: “I have always had a passion for charity work, and as a student, I undertook many placements in rescue centres. Since then, I have always been keen to incorporate this into my work. Working at Birmingham Dogs Home has presented me with the chance to care for dogs that don't yet have families, alongside owned animals.

“I am looking forward to continuing the great work Birmingham Dogs Home and The Vet Clinic do by building a team to provide high-quality care to all our dogs and other owned animals.”

Fi Harrison, head of fundraising and communications at Birmingham Dogs Home, said: “We are thrilled to appoint Naomi as Head Veterinary Surgeon at The Vet Clinic.

“Her passion and care for animals is inspiring, and we are looking forward to seeing her bring this to the role.”

Image © Birmingham Dogs Home

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.