Cats & Exotics Practice, Darlington

stanhope-exotics-logo-smallOur newest surgery is located on Duke Street in Darlington, just around the corner from our Stanhope Road Hospital, providing a fabulous stress-free environment for cats and exotic patients!

We opened our Cats and Exotics surgery at the end of October 2016 – a clinic we are proud of for many reasons.

More and more research has gone into feline medicine in recent years, and as such the veterinary profession has hugely improved their knowledge regarding not only the veterinary side of things, but also the behavioural aspect and how this impacts on everyday feline veterinary care. Similar advances have also been made in small mammal veterinary medicine, particularly with regards to rabbits – which are the 3rd most popular pets in the UK.

At Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, we are thrilled to now be able to offer a purpose-built environment, where we can carry out consultations, along with surgery and hospitalisation of patients, here at our new Duke Street clinic. And it is much less stressful for these patients!

Reducing stress on patients visiting the surgery for whatever reason has multiple benefits; a more thorough examination can be performed; the need for chemical restraint such as sedation is reduced; a patient’s clinical parameters are more accurate as they are not obscured due to adrenaline release caused by fear and stress; hospital stays are less stressful resulting in quicker recoveries and a much more pleasant experience for the patient; there is less risk to staff handling patients displaying fear aggression; owners can relax a little easier during these worrying times; and subsequent veterinary visits are hopefully more pleasant. For tips on travelling to the surgery with your cat, please follow the link for a printable factsheet.

At our dedicated Cats and Exotics Clinic, we are able to provide separate waiting areas and consultation rooms for cats and exotic species (exotics include small herbivores such as rabbits / guinea pigs / hamsters etc; birds; and reptiles which are becoming increasingly popular as pets). We also have 3 dedicated wards for the different species – cats, small mammals and birds, and reptiles. These wards have all been designed specifically with the individual needs of the patients in mind, and provide an ideal environment for your pet to recover and recuperate!

We also have a preparation room and sterile theatre to enable us to perform most general surgeries as well as dental procedures. More complex surgical cases or patients requiring x-rays will be safely transferred to our Stanhope Road Hospital where we have our full range of facilities on hand. Sick or recovering patients that require hospitalisation for more intensive nursing care, will be safely transported to our Stanhope Road Hospital, where an experienced nurse is present to provide care as required throughout their stay.

Whilst we will always continue to adore our canine patients, at Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, we recognise that dogs are the biggest stress on cat patients especially, regardless of whether or not the individual shares a home with other dogs – strange dogs are very scary and being able to simply smell other dogs when entering the practice can be enough to induce fear in a cat, which can make subsequent examination and treatments difficult for all involved. We will also continue to treat ferrets at the Stanhope Road surgery, as their natural predatory instincts can cause significant stress to our small furry patients. Of course cats and exotic patients will always be welcome at our Stanhope Road Hospital for those clients wishing to bring multiple pets at the same time, but we would encourage owners to take advantage of the new clinic wherever possible, as it is the well-being of your pets that has driven us to make these huge changes!

For more information, or to book an appointment with a member of our team at our Cats and Exotics Practice, please call 01325 620968 or email Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital at

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