Graeme Harman: “We are here for the family, both human and furry members, and it shows in our caring after treatment service.”
Lowveld Vet, previously known as Vet@Casterbridge recently moved to Palm Street from their Casterbridge premises. They have expanded hugely and can now provide a 24-hour around the clock monitoring and emergency service to your furry friends. The brand-new premises and state of the art equipment truly sets Lowveld Vet apart from their competitors and it is a real consolation to know that there is someone in town who will take care of your best friend, any time of the day, seven days a week.
Recognising that pets have owners who regard their fur babies as biological kin, Graeme and his wife Daniela Spath brought the knowledge they’d gleaned from five years working at a veterinary practice in the UK to White River.
It begins with the recommended annual health check-up, which can pick up the early onset of any uglies and extend the life of your pet. Then there is the post-procedure service – a series of follow-up phone calls to check on your pet’s progress once he’s home. Graeme says this picks up a lot of issues owners don’t think are worth troubling a return visit about – wet bandages, for instance, which can lead to gangrene. This team really cares about their patients.
Graeme is proud of the ICU tent they have developed, which is especially useful for animals being treated for snakebite as well as animals that have been hit by a car. This tent warms up animals that are in shock and also delivers lifesaving oxygen-rich air.
The state of the art medical equipment and machinery at the hospital are an expensive investment for the practice, however, Graeme feels strongly that these are key to the success of the procedure and the recovery. An oxygen producing machine, a bair hugger, which warms the patient on the operating table, preventing core body temperature from dropping dangerously low, ultrasound machine, digital x-rays, a specialist dental machine- the list goes on. One can find it all at Lowveld Vet.
The practice was recently awarded a 5-star rating, quite an impressive achievement! There are four full-time veterinarians as well as qualified nurses and other supporting staff. The dedicated team also do house calls, especially for the elderly and for those with bigger animals like horses.
Another service offered is Fur Styling @ Lowveld Vet. Moses Zondo spent four weeks studying at Tailwaggers Professional Dog Grooming Academy in Johannesburg and is qualified as a dog and cat hairdresser – he’ll even do nails! Moses has a magic touch with his clients, even cats adore his pampering.
Mindful that not all pets are born equal, one of the Lowveld Vet’s annual highlights is their Mandela Day service. Working with the State Veterinarian and the SPCA, they spay dogs and cats every July 18 in Msholozi. Graeme says it’s heart wrenching to watch residents line up from early morning, hoping that their pet is one of the lucky ones to be spayed, de-flea’d and de-wormed. “It’s made a huge difference,” he remarks. “Once the animal is pest free, it’s taken inside the house and treated as a loved pet.” White River residents volunteer each year to help with the recovering post-op care and the surgery is always abuzz with people sitting on the floor cuddling drowsy animals.
Mon- Fri: 08h00 – 18h00
Sat: 08h00 – 12h00
Sunday: 10h00 – 12h00
Public holidays: 09h00-12h00
Address: 27 Palm Street, White River
Tel: 013 004 0283