Focus On Nicky Bulbeck
Nicky has completed her postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine and is now accepting referrals (both internal from AlphaPet and external from other local practices) for more complex medical cases, so we thought it would be nice to know a little bit more about Nicky.
I have been part of the AlphaPet Vet team for almost 9 years having studied for my Veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College. I really enjoy the varied workload of both medical and surgical cases but decided to further my medical knowledge by gaining a post graduate certificate, which I completed in 2016. I became a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine so now provide both internal and external referral services for those animals with more complex medical conditions.
I am based at the Chichester surgery and have taken on the role of Branch Manager since the start of this year. We are a really friendly team and our patients often seem to be more relaxed in the old farm buildings which gives the surgery a less clinical and more relaxed feel.
There are many cases which benefit from having a more in-depth consultation. We allow plenty of time to collect a really full medical history and perform a thorough clinical examination. From there we can formulate a plan with a full range of diagnostic and treatment services available on site. These includes laboratory, digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy and a fully equipped theatre for all surgical procedures, allowing us to work up the majority of cases without the need for you to have to travel elsewhere. If your pet does need to stay with us for a period of hospitalisation requiring more intensive care we are able to transfer them directly to the West Meads hospital in our animal ambulance under the care of our highly qualified nursing team.
Veterinary medicine is continually advancing so there are often new treatment options for animals which may have been suffering with chronic conditions for many years. Allergic skin disease is one example of this and a common condition which has a real impact on both your pets and your own quality of life. Sometimes instigating a new approach and getting to the root of the problem may help you manage these types of issues with greater success and I get a real satisfaction from being able to improve the overall wellbeing of our treasured companions.
Outside of work my family started with a little stray ginger kitten called Hovis (because he was found in a granary!) and has now grown to include a Labrador named Bisley, my daughter Milly and son Charlie who all keep me and my husband on our toes! Hovis has previously survived 2 car accidents resulting in skull and pelvic fractures so I am hoping he is saving the rest of his 9 lives for the future!
Nicky Bulbeck BVetMed PgCert SAM MRCVS
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine
Nicky qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and completed a certificate in small animal medicine in 2016. She is now managing the Chichester surgery, where she first began as a work experience student over 15years ago!!
Nicky has a cat called Hovis, Labrador called Bisley and 2 young children which keep her busy outside of work