Elands Practice Profile

Since January 1987, Elands Veterinary Clinic near Sevenoaks in Kent, has been offering a high quality, caring and professional service to the people and pets in the local community.

Plans to build a new roundabout at the corner of Station Road at the site of the old surgery, prompted Practice Principal Philip Lhermette to search for a new site. The relocation offered Philip the opportunity to expand his busy, successful first opinion and referral veterinary practice. After 23 years, in the Spring of 2010, we relocated to new premises at St John’s Church.

This beautiful old building has been converted into a three storey modern “state of the art” veterinary clinic for the benefit of clients and patients, retaining many of the old features and original character including the beautiful stained glass windows in the waiting room and operating theatre.

The new clinic has an additional consulting room for nurse consultations and also an additional operating theatre for the minimally invasive surgery (more commonly known as keyhole surgery), which is available at the practice.

The practice now has separate kennels and cattery wards for post operative care and an isolation kennels for infectious cases. Other facilities such as the brand new digital x-ray machine, ultrasound scanning facilities, oxygen chamber and fully equipped in-house laboratory allow patients to be treated promptly, minimising pain and distress. Blood and urine samples are analysed in-house and results can therefore usually be reported to pet owners the same day.

Fully qualified nurses continue to live on site to provide round the clock care for in-patients whenever necessary.We were the first practice in the UK to offer bitch spays via keyhole surgery, which ensures less trauma and pain and a quicker recovery! Philip is a lecturer in endoscopy and endosurgery at the University of Nottingham Veterinary School and, as he trains vets throughout the UK and abroad in these techniques, the new practice has on site training facilities. Due to his expertise and the fact that the practice has specialised surgical equipment, Philip takes referrals for ultrasonography and laser surgery as well keyhole surgery from other veterinary practices across the UK. Rather than have to travel, these specialist services are available to our clients whose pets can benefit from our expertise.

In the summer of 2010, Elands expanded further and, for the convenience of our many clients who live in the village, we opened a branch surgery in Kemsing. The branch is fully equipped for all consultations and for the hospitalisation of day patients. It has a separate operating theatre so surgery can be carried out on site avoiding the need for patients to have to travel to the main clinic.

Our Mission Statement

Elands Veterinary Clinic exists to improve the quality of life for the animals entrusted to our care. We are committed to providing professional help by all available methods for animals suffering the pain and disabling effects of all forms of disease and disability, to restore maximum health and well-being, to alleviate pain wherever possible, to actively promote preventative health care and optimum nutrition, and to remain at the forefront of veterinary medicine and surgery as a centre of excellence.