We are the only clinic in County Durham to have achieved “Gold Standard” Cat Friendly Clinic status – the highest accolade awarded by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) – and we understand the very different needs of our feline friends and always wanted to do something more to make their vet visits as stress free as possible.  

Cats just don’t feel safe in unfamiliar environments and become extra perceptive to unusual sounds, sights and smells which is why our Duke Street branch is dedicated completely to our feline and exotic friends. 

We are proud of the environment we have created and we’re proud of our dedicated feline staff, who ensure your cat remains calm and receives the best possible care. Since progressing from cat only clinics to a fully equipped cat surgery, we have seen a vast improvement in the stress levels of our patients, whether that be for routine boosters or surgical procedures. 

Whilst many of our long-standing clients are happy to visit our Stanhope Road Hospital, we would always encourage our clients to take full advantage of these facilities knowing what a difference it can make to their pets’ well-being!

cat staring out to the distance thinking about surgeries


We are passionate about providing a high standard of care to ALL of our patients, and that includes our scaly, feathery and small furry friends.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and rodents such as hamsters and rats, have been popular pets for many years, as well as avian birds such as parrots, budgies and cockatiels. 

In recent years we’ve seen more and more exotic species such as lizards, snakes and terrapins proving increasingly popular, which is why we now have specialist clinics, wards and treatments to look after their very specific needs. 

We are also very proud to achieve “Gold Grade” on the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund) list of Rabbit Friendly Vets – of which there are just two more practices in the entire North-East region!

We can perform most surgeries at our Cats and Exotics clinic, however, more complex surgeries or procedures would be carried out at our main hospital on Stanhope Road. We have a range of anaesthetic agents and anaesthetic and surgical equipment specifically for the various species we treat, enabling us to provide a tailor-made anaesthetic protocol suitable for your individual pet.

Contact us here for more information on what surgeries can be done.