CONGRATULATIONS to Katie Mead on passing her nurse exams. Katie is now a fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse! Well done Katie we are so proud of you.


We are delighted to announce that Kathryn Miller, one of our vets, has been awarded the title of 'Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine' by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

'Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and skills in a designated field of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, and confirms that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above the minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).


Did you know that heart disease can affect our pets much in the same way it does us? We all want to do everything we can to protect their loving hearts, so we've listed some of the more common signs of heart disease below. If you notice any problems with your furry friend, please do make an appointment to see one of our vets.

Common heart disease indicators:

  • Appetite changes
  • Restlessness
  • A persistent cough
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Weakness
  • Breathing difficulties

We are pleased to announce that we have a visiting heart specialist at our High Wycombe surgery. Andrew Francis is a Specialist Veterinary Cardiologist and if our vets detect heart issues which requires further investigation you would have the choice to see him right here on site instead of travelling to a referral centre. Please see our Visiting Vets page for more about Andrew’s qualifications.

Joint Pain

Have you noticed your pet licking excessively at a particular joint? It can often be a sign of joint pain, and even if you don’t always notice them licking or biting at the joint, other tell-tale signs can include saliva staining, sore skin and fur loss. Arthritis and joint pain is not uncommon and can affect the quality of life your pet is experiencing. If you’re concerned your pet may be suffering from some joint pain, please make an appointment to see one of our vets. There are many ways we can help them and ease the discomfort they may be feeling.

Please have a look at our new health plans for rabbits and senior pets.


Have you seen our NEW Rabbit and Senior Dog & Cat Healthcare plans now available in our Pet Health Club? Go to our PET HEALTH CLUB page to find what's included/download a membership form, or give us a call for a friendly chat!

Many of you have ageing pets and they require special attention. Did you know a pet is technically an ageing pet at 8+ years? To help you take good care of your senior pets we are holding a FREE evening, with vet Sally Warwick and registered nurse Catherine Dakin, where you can learn more and have your questions answered. Click here to learn more about our Q&A evening on “Caring for Senor Pets”.

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We are delighted to announce that Jenny Woolgar, one of our vets, has been awarded the title of 'Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine' by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

'Advanced Practitioner’ is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s particular knowledge and skills in a designated field of veterinary practice beyond their initial primary veterinary degree, and confirms that they continue to be up to date in their field over and above the minimum requirements for continuing professional development (CPD).


We are very excited to announce the launch of 3 NEW Health Care Plans to our popular Pet Health Club!

Our health club allows you to spread out the cost of your pet's routine healthcare into smaller monthly payments, access exclusive discounts, with the added peace of mind of regular vet and nurse check ups.

In addition to our current Cat and Dog plans, we now offer:

  • Rabbit Health plans
  • Senior Cat Health plans
  • Senior Dog Health plans

You can find out more about what's included and download a membership form (click here), or give us a call for a friendly chat with the team!

Nominated ‘Practice of the Year’

Thank you so much to our lovely Watlington Clients, for nominating our Watlington Branch for 'Practice of the Year' in the 2018 Petplan Veterinary Awards!

All of our team are very touched by the nomination, fingers crossed our 60th birthday year will be the year!

If you would like to nominate us, or a particular staff member, for an award you can go to the Petplan website

Monthly draw winner!

Congratulations JUDITH CARRINGTON - You are the winner of our survey draw!

You have won your FREE HEALTH CHECK AND VACCINATION for one dog, cat, rabbit or small pet. Thank you so much for your feedback!

We would like to thank all our clients who kindly took the time to provide us with valuable feedback.

Watlington Christmas
Fair Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Jeff and his owner on winning a FREE Vaccination! We loved meeting you last week, well done Jeff!

This year was our fourth year attending the Watlington Business Association Christmas Fair! It's a great community event, and we love taking part. Thank you to all who stopped by!


When dog owners hear the phrase 'Alabama Rot', they are understandably filled with fear and dread. This is especially true with re-occurring headlines about a new 'flesh-eating deadly disease' popping up in newspapers and across social media.

We have produced this fact-sheet, to help inform owners about what vets know so far, and to hopefully help reduce owner anxiety.

Read more…

If you have any concerns regarding your dog's health please contact us on 01494 459 095 (24 Hour On-Site Emergency and Inpatient Care 365 days a year)

It's A Girl!!!

Eva Marie Dillon was born at 6.30 AM on Sunday 26th November.

The Dillon family are all doing well, and Fergal is now off for the next couple of weeks to enjoy being a new dad!

We are so happy for you both and can't wait to meet her.

Lots of love from all of us at Crossroads XxX


Lungworm is transmitted by slugs and snails, and dogs can become infected through the following ways:

  • Eating grass
  • Rummaging outside in undergrowth
  • Drinking from puddles/outdoor bowls
  • Snails/slugs in toys

Lungworm symptoms might include:

  • Coughing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • General sickness
  • Behavioural changes
  • Blood clotting issues


Make a FREE Flea/Worming Consultation today to ensure your pet is parasite protected.


It’s that fun time for many as they dress up in fancy costumes and going door to door in the dark collecting treats. Fun for us but not fun for our pets and it can also be potentially harmful to them. To a pet there are strangely (and often really scary) dressed people coming to the door and wandering around the streets making a noise.

All that candy, chocolate and other treats about the house might be tempting to a pet so please keep them away from pets. Chocolate and sweets must not be given to pets. All forms of chocolate - especially baking or dark chocolate - can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains an alkaloid called theobromine which is toxic to many animals, especially to dogs. The wrappers are often shiny, crinkly and attractive to pets and if ingested can cause a blockage.

Safety Tips!

  • Pets should be safely confined without access to the front door.
  • Keep pets inside on Halloween night. Sadly, each year cases of cruelty are reported at Halloween time so we recommend keeping your pets locked up at this time.
  • Cats are particularly at risk - Keep them indoors. They can easily get frightened and get themselves lost or worse become a victim to cruelty, especially black cats!
  • Fire is a hazard. Keep lit pumpkins and candles away from pets.
  • Most pets don't enjoy being dressed up in costumes! If you choose to dress up your pet for Halloween, keep the costume simple, comfortable and make sure it is safe for them to wear.

Please remember to keep your pets safely locked up around Halloween time so you and your children can enjoy the fun! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

For more on Halloween pet safety read our article by Fiona Mullan (RVN)

Previous Survery Draw Winners!

Congratulations to our past winners RUTH PAGE and HAZEL BASCOMBE, we hope you enjoyed redeeming your prizes!

Thank you so much to everyone for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback.

Help Your Pets Cope With Thunderstorms and Fireworks

We are often asked about helping a pet cope with thunderstorms and fireworks because for many pets this can be a very stressful time. Here are some top tips for minimising the stress for your companions.

  • Make a safe hiding place for your pet – many pets feel safer if they have a comfortable little den to hide away in. Cats often like to be up high, so a secure den on a top shelf can be very useful.
  • Try to walk your dog before it goes dark to minimise the risk of being outside when the fireworks start.
  • Play the radio/television quietly in the background to help muffle the bangs of fireworks/thunder.
  • Keep the curtains closed to reduce the flashes that your pet sees.

A 'desensitization' programme can be very useful in animals IF STARTED BEFORE firework/thunder season gets under way. This involves playing a CD of 'scary noises' very quietly in the background whilst your pet is eating/playing/happy. This can then gradually be increased in volume to get your pet ready for 'the real thing'. We can direct you towards the relevant CD.

In some animals, their level of fear is such that medications will be required in addition to the above. Therapeutic intervention can involve pheromones, mood enhancers and mild sedative

Book an appointment with us to discuss which therapy would be most appropriate for your pet.


to Sophie Walton and Leighanne Sims

for passing their nursing exams. Sophie and Leighanne are both qualified and are now Registered Veterinary Nurses.

Well done we are thrilled for you!

Happy 1st anniversary!

Wow - we can hardly believe that on 19th September we celebrate one year with Vets Now at our High Wycombe surgery. We are pleased to say that it has been going very well for both our staff and Vets Now team who have been working together to take good care of your pets 24/7.

This is a good time to remind our clients that if your pet is in for overnight patient care that your pet is NEVER left alone! Our staff look after your pet until we close at which time Vets Now staff are already on site and we personally hand over our patients. Vets Now vet and nurse are on site working at all times that we are closed and personally hand over patients to us when we open in the morning. Someone is watching your pet at all times!

We look forward to many more years working together with Vets Now to offer genuine 24/7 care.


What are Myxomatosis and RHD?

Myxomatosis is a disease of rabbits caused by infection with myxoma virus. It is typically spread by blood sucking insects – in particular fleas and mosquitoes. The virus can also be spread from rabbit to rabbit if the animals are housed together. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD), also known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, is caused by a calicivirus which is spread by direct contact between rabbits (both wild and domestic) and by indirect contact. Possible indirect contact can be through people, clothing, contaminated hutches and bedding, as well as insect vectors such as fleas or flies.

Why is the vaccine currently unavailable?

We buy our rabbit vaccine from the manufacturer, MSD Animal Health. Unfortunately they are temporarily out of stock of their Nobivac Myxo-RHD vaccine and this has led to a general shortage of this type of vaccine.

MSD Animal Health is doing everything possible to produce the vaccine as quickly as possible and your rabbit will be revaccinated against this disease once vaccine is available again.

Has your pet been poisoned?

The VETERINARY POISONS INFORMATION SERVICES has launched a new service for pet owners.

If you think your pet has been exposed to anything you are concerned about CALL 01202 509000 for expert advice 24 hours a day (Charges apply – please see their website for details).

This poison line is a triage service to let you know if a trip to the vet is required.

Animal Poison Line

Is your rabbit vaccination due?

We regret to inform you that there is a temporary shortage of rabbit vaccine in the UK at the moment. We buy our vaccines from the manufacturer MSD Animal Health and, due to an unexpected production delay, the company is temporarily experiencing a short supply with its rabbit vaccine.

If your rabbit is due for a vaccination during now and June, we would recommend as a matter of urgency that you contact us to provisionally book an appointment at one of a limited number of rabbit vaccination clinics we will be running over this period.

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this situation may cause.

If your rabbit appears unwell or you are concerned at any time please contact us.

Welcome Jessica Ford

We are excited to welcome Jessica Ford to our practice. Jessica graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2013. Since graduating Jessica has begun specialising in Cardiothoracic medicine and has a special interest in soft tissue surgery.

Jessica joined our practice on 20 February 2017 and is primarily based at our High Wycombe surgery. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets in the near future.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue

We'd love forever home!

We do a lot of work with Stokenchurch Dog Rescue and are proud to support this great charity. Each week one of our vets and nurses visits the charity to do check-ups and vaccinations. Here are a few pictures taken at our last visit.

There are many wonderful dogs desperately waiting to be adopted so please consider pet adoption before purchasing your dog from a breeder.

Visit their website for more information on pet adoption

Happy Retirement Malcolm Walters!

While it is a happy event as we celebrate Malcolm’s decision to retire and enjoy his new found free time, we are so sad to see Malcolm leave us on 2 December 2016.

Malcolm has been instrumental from the start in building Crossroads Veterinary Centre and growing it to what is today. In 1974 Malcolm joined the practice that Mellis Archard founded in 1958. Malcolm became a partner in April 1975 at which time only our High Wycombe surgery existed.

Without Malcolm and the support of his wife Sandy, our lovely Hazlemere surgery would not have been built.

Malcolm enjoyed introducing people to the veterinary world very young and would frequently visit schools to teach children about what a veterinarian does and how to care for animals. He loves sharing his knowledge and passion for the business.

Malcolm, your influence, experience, sense of humour and commitment is felt throughout Crossroads. We know that clients, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years, will miss you dearly, as will all our staff.

You will be missed so much - it is hard to imagine Crossroads without you!

Thank you Malcolm and Sandy.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Latest vaccine now available! Call us to book your appointment with one of our vets to vaccinate your rabbits against this devastating disease.

This disease is a variation of the already known Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD). The vaccines used to protect rabbits against RVHD do not appear to work to prevent them against this new strain of the disease. It is important to vaccinate your rabbits against this new strain known as RVHD2. We are here to help you and have the new vaccine in stock.

BVA (British Veterinary Association) offers advice on a NEW STRAIN OF RABBIT VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC DISEASE. Please read this article to find out more about this disease.
To read full article click here .

Welcome Anusha Veena

We are excited to welcome Anusha to our practice. Anusha studied Veterinary Science in Scotland and qualified in 2012. She then spent a number of years working at a large Veterinary Hospital in India as the Head of Inpatient Department. Anusha joined our team on 1st October and is primarily based at our High Wycombe surgery where she looks forward to meeting you.

Welcome Vets Now!

We are delighted to announce that we are able to offer around the clock care for all pets requiring veterinary attention, 24/7, right within our practice. Vets Now are providing out of hours emergency care DIRECT from our main branch, 54 West Wycombe Road in High Wycombe.

You can find out more about these changes, Vets Now, and meet the Vets Now team by visiting our Emergency page.

History of our Veterinary Practice