Learn more about man's faithful friend here.
Learn more about man's faithful friend here.
Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters & other small pets
If you are looking for experienced and compassionate vets to provide your pet with individual care and attention, then Special Friends Animal Medical Centre is the veterinary practice for you.
We are an independent family run practice, so you know that your pet is going to receive individual and loving veterinary care.
At Special Friends your pet is promised the highest standards of care.
Want to see the same vet every time? We want you to as well. We want you to build a long lasting relationship with one of our experienced vets, ensuring your pet receives consistent care from a familiar and friendly face.
“Special Friends first opened back in 2000. Over 16 years we have developed into a friendly practice that is trusted by hundreds of local pet owners. We love seeing new people and new pets; if you want to come down and take a look around, you're more than welcome.”
Naomi qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and joined Special Friends in 2010 having spent several years working as a nurse for the RSPCA. In her spare time she has hand-reared and fostered over 300 kittens - and kept 6 for herself! Outside of work Naomi enjoys fitness training, hiking with her husband and can often be seen hanging upside down at her local rock climbing centre.
Caz joined us in 2014 from a small animal practice in the West Midlands. Caz is a keen motorcyclist and enjoys commuting between the practice and her home in Worcester. Caz likes assisting at surgical work and meeting clients pet's at Nurse Clinics.
Dawn joined the team at Special Friends in 2005 following a career break to bring up her children. Married to Steve and with two sons, Dawn qualified way back in 1980 as an original RANA. Her spare time is spent looking after husband, sons, her border collie cross ‘Tilda , Freddie the cat and Elvis the rabbit.
Joining the practice in March 2013, as an addition to the reception team, Steph is on hand to support clients as well as the veterinary and nursing staff. Before moving to the Midlands, Steph worked at a vets in South Wales, supporting the reception and nursing team. She is looking forward to a long career with Special Friends, and when she is not working she is a keen horse-rider and enjoys being out in the countryside.
Tim qualified from the The Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh in 1998 and worked in several mixed animal practices in the Worcestershire area before joining Special Friends in 2005. Together with his wife Ceri, they are owned by 1 dog called Maggie, Stanley the cat and 2 children. When he is allowed to leave the practice, he enjoys playing guitar and keyboards in a local covers band.
Brian joined the practice in 2010 as the part-time practice manager after a long career in the Armed Forces followed by fifteen years as a crown servant with the MOD. Married with three grown up children, Brian passes his spare time in genealogical research and chasing after Maisie his three legged terrier cross.
Rosie is Redditch born and bred; she is married to Rob and has two grown up children and four grandchildren. Having gained a BA degree in 2004 Rosie has been teaching and working in the community for over 10 years. She and Rob spend their spare time out in their caravan with their two dogs, Poppy a Kelpie /Border Collie cross and Rhum a blue roan Cocker Spaniel. Rosie also enjoys signing British Sign Language to popular music with a local group,
Morwenna qualified from Liverpool University in 2010. She worked in a small animal practice in the West Midlands until joining Special Friends in 2015. A native of Cornwall, Morwenna has two cats and a dog named Stanley. Morwenna spends her spare time with her husband and visits home to Cornwall to enjoy the beaches.
Ceri qualified in 1999, and worked in the Gloucestershire and Worcestershire areas before joining Special Friends in 2001. Married to Tim and with two small children she says she has no time for any extra mural activities that do not involve swimming (with the children) dancing, (with the children) cookery (with the children) and sometimes she can be found playing (with the children)!
Fran joined the team at Special Friends in 2009, and qualified as an Animal Nursing Assistant in 2010. She combines working on reception with assisting the Vets and Nurses. Since she has been working here, her menagerie at home has increased to 1 cat, 1 rabbit, 1 hamster and 8 chickens who all work hard to provide the staff with a generous amount of multi-coloured eggs!
I really enjoyed my time at Special Friends
owned by Yasmin Beaumont
Fact File - Ear Disease
Does your pet show signs of head shaking and ear scratching? These are commonly seen in dogs and cats and, combined with other symptoms such as ear redness and discharge – point to ear disease as a problem.
The ear is protected externally by a pinna (or flap). A Narrow ear canal carries sound to the ear drum where it passes onto the middle and inner ear.
Unlike the situation in humans where middle ear
We are extremely pleased to announce that, once again, Special Friends have passed the stringent assessment for accreditation by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This assessment, conducted by professional staff appointed by the RCVS, takes place every four years. A very BIG thank you to all the staff for the effort needed to consistently maintain the high standards required by the RCVS, that allow us to retain the much sought after
Aches and pains - is your pet affected?
Cold damp weather can unmask signs of arthritic change in dogs and cats, and now is a good time to take a good look at your pets and make sure they are comfortable. Do they seem stiff or lame? Do they have difficulty getting up or down? Does it take a while for them to get going in the morning? If so, your pet will benefit from a check over to identify any problems and work out how best to treat th