Category Archives: Pets

Manston Road Open

Good news for anyone travelling to our Sturminster Newton branch via Manston (main road from Shaftesbury), the road works have now been removed and full access to the town is possible once again.

Avian Influenza

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.​UK:, GOV.SCOT: and GOV.WALES:

Road Closure – Manston Road

For anyone travelling to our Sturminster Newton branch via Manston (main road from Shaftesbury), please be aware the current road works have resulted in a full road closure until 10th December.

Please feel free to contact us for alternative routes when travelling to the branch.

Menopause in the Workplace

This week we were given the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Nicola Green Consultancy, recognising the need for the menopause to be addressed, supported and understood in the workplace. “Many women suffer in silence as they do not feel able to talk to their manager about how menopausal symptoms are affecting them at work and many managers do not have the guidance or knowledge to provide support.”

It was a very informative presentation and provided practical advice and support in helping us be more aware of anyone going through the menopause.

Thank you Nicola

Charity Quiz Night

Friars Moor Livestock Health are holding a Farming Community Charity Quiz Night on Wednesday 11th March from 7.30pm at Hall & Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford St. Mary.

Tickets are £10 on the door to include a Fish & Chip supper and all funds raised will go to the charities DUCKS & DRAKES and YOUNGMINDS.

To book a place please call 01258 472314 or email [email protected]


Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme

Friars Moor are proud members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Practice Standards Scheme.

The Practice Standards Scheme is a voluntary initiative. Through setting standards and carrying out regular assessments, the Scheme aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care. By taking part in this initiative we are also supporting one world health, a topic that is consistently making headlines around the world.

‘One Health’ is the effort of multiple disciplines, working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals, and our environment. For more information visit

We have always had high standards for our cleanliness and infection control, however to pass the inspection we had to have a clear biosecurity policy. This covers personal hygiene, cleanliness of our premises and equipment. Procedures needed to be put in place to minimise cross infection and records to show that these policies are being met. In 2016 the RCVS revised their criteria and in 2019 we had our first inspection under the new rules.

We used the Bella Moss Foundation for guidance in benchmarking these protocols. The Bella Moss Foundation is a charity which promotes prudent antimicrobial use and hygiene in human and veterinary medicine. It was set up in 2005 by Jill Moss, an actress, following the death of her dog, Bella, from a badly managed MRSA infection, and has developed into an international champion of good practice.

For Friars Moor this means each clinical area has a cleaning protocol specific to its requirements. These include what needs to be cleaned, how often and what equipment/chemicals to use. We keep a record of achievement as evidence for meeting our protocols that are audited on a regular basis.

All staff members have been trained and take pride in driving Friars Moor forward as part of the ‘One Health’ approach.

In addition to this the Practice also works hard towards responsible antimicrobial use and have been recognised in the Parliamentary Review. The best practice article for Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic can be found online and viewed by following the link:

Antibiotic resistance is accelerated by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control. Further information on antimicrobial resistance can be found at:

We support the use of vaccinations as a very effective way of stopping our patients from getting infected and thereby preventing the need for antibiotics.

We hope you will support us as we continue to put One Health first for both you and your pets. Please ask a team member if you’d like any more information.

The Parliamentary Review – Best Practice Representative

We are proud to announce that Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic and Friars Moor Livestock Health have been recognised in the Parliamentary Review.

The best practice article for Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic can be found online and viewed by following the link:

Alternatively, if you would like a hardcopy of the entire review we have a limited number available for clients, so please feel free to ask your vet for one or the office staff when you are next in. We are on page 14 in the Energy & Environment section, where we feature as a “Best Practice Representative” for this industry sector.
The Review aims to share the significant developments that have been made by business leaders across the UK whilst also providing a platform by which industry concerns can be highlighted and therefore recognised by executives and policymakers. The co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, Lord Pickles, has praised the upcoming Review as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend”.

We recognise that the fortune of our farm veterinary business and our local livestock industry are inextricably linked. The agricultural industry faces significant challenges ahead and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, which helps ensure we can continue to play our roles in the multidisciplinary approach that is required to progress.

We look forward to hearing your response and hope you find it an inspiring read. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me at the practice or via email: [email protected].

Prestigious Dorset Business Awards

The Dorset Business Awards celebrates and honours the very best of Dorset business and five members of the Friars Moor team represented the support staff as finalists for the ‘Team of the Year’ award at the Bournemouth International Centre in November 2019.

The directors recognise the invaluable work the support team provide to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the business and although not overall winners, to reach the final of this prestigious award was a real achievement. A fabulous night was had with superb entertainment.

New Shaftesbury branch now open!

Our new and improved small animal branch in Shaftesbury opened today and welcomed its first visitors of the morning.

The new branch now has a fully equipped operating theatre, longer opening hours from 8.30am to 6pm every weekday, nurse clinics daily and Saturday morning vet consultations. The clinic is in a new purpose built facility adjacent to the old clinic at the Wincombe Business Park in Shaftesbury which this year celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary.