Focus on Claire Bounds
Claire 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 Claire.
I joined AlphaPet in 2012 shortly after qualifying from Cambridge University Veterinary School, and having spent a few months traveling and volunteering with an animal charity in Porto, Portugal. More than 5 years on and I am still enjoying working at both our busy West Meads hospital and our lovely Chichester surgery.
Although I enjoy performing surgery, my main passion is medicine and I have recently completed a three year post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine. This has been a fantastic learning opportunity and I am now able to provide both internal and external referral services for pets with more complex medical conditions.
Our extended medical consultations allow us the time needed to sit down and discuss your pet’s clinical history in detail and to examine them thoroughly. This makes sure every important detail is covered. We will then be able to talk in depth about the next steps in diagnosing and treating your pet, and also cover any questions you may have. Both our West Meads and our Chichester surgeries are very well equipped with digital X-ray, ultrasound, blood machines and a surgical theatre, so, if necessary, we will normally be able to perform this investigation quickly and without the need for additional travel on your behalf. Our West Meads surgery is an RCVS recognised hospital meaning that if your pet needs to be hospitalised with usthey will nursed by our experienced nursing team who are on site 24 hours a day.
There are many instances where an extended medical consultation can be helpful, for example animals already diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes, cushings, and allergic skin disease as well as animals who are unwell but who have not yet had any investigation. It is not just younger animals who benefit from a more in-depth medical consultation; our older pets often suffer from more than one condition at a time and making sure that we fine tune their treatment can greatly improve their quality of life.
Outside of work I enjoy running and try to compete in half marathons when my legs allow it – often persuading my partner Tom to join me! We have recently been renovating our new home and getting to grips with DIY. Always on hand to “help” is our three-legged cat Pod who is another AlphaPet stray who came in to us 3 years ago with an old fracture of his back leg that couldn’t be repaired. He doesn’t let this hold him back and can often be found precariously perched on our walls and fences!
Claire Bounds MA VetMB PgCert (SAM) MRCVS