Welcome to Crouch Vale Veterinary Practice.

Christmas at Crouch Vale Vets - Essex

Seasons greetings to all our lovely clients and their wonderful pets.

What a year we’ve had (again!)

Firstly, myself and the team, would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in what has been another turbulent year. With vaccine shortages, closing our books and then having half the team off with Covid, it certainly hasn’t been easy. However we are very fortunate to have wonderful clients who have been very understanding and even bought us lovely treats to keep our spirits high in times of need.

We are very lucky to be having some time off to spend with our loved ones this festive season, so our opening hours will be as follows:

Christmas Eve – 8.30am-7.00pm

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – CLOSED

Monday 27th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 28th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 29th December – 8.30am-7.00pm

Thursday 30th December – 8.30am – 7.00pm

Friday 31st December – 8.30am – 7.00pm

Saturday 1st January 2022 – CLOSED

Sunday 2nd January 2022 – CLOSED

Monday 3rd January 2022 – CLOSED

Tuesday 4th January 2022 – 8.30am-7.00pm (Return to normal hours)

Our Out of Hours service will be provided by Vets Now who are contactable on 01376 617173.

Here’s hoping 2022 will be a better year for everyone.

Wishing all our clients and their furry (and non furry) babies a fabulously festive season and a Happy New Year!

Lots of Love

Ais and all the team @ Crouch Vale Vets


Dear All,

As if life wasn’t complicated enough, now we have a global shortage of all small animal vaccines!

I’ll just let that sink in for a minute.

The advice we ahve been given is;

Prioritise those that don’t have any current protection i.e. puppies and kittens.

Then cats and dogs who are having their 1st year boosters.

For adult dogs and cats that are having boosters we are going to try and extend them by an extra month if possible and not do them early in order to try and enable us to make sure we have enough for everyone, but this could be extended.

This does not apply to Rabies we will endeavour to continue to do all these before they are due.

With regards to Herpes vaccines for breeding bitches – there is currently no stock in the UK and we have been told not to expect any until December 2021 at the earliest.

Rabbit vaccines – so far we have not had any information from MSD animal health but we will keep you informed.

Hopefully we will all get through these mad times!

Be safe, drive slowly, be kind and keep smiling.

We understand that the government changed the regulations regarding Covid as of 19th July 2021.

However as the infection rate is rising, especially in this area, our practice protocol will NOT be changing at the moment. I have a duty of care to my team and also to you and your pets.

Therefore please:

  • Phone us from your car when you arrive at the practice on either 01245 807518 or 01245 321785.
  • Wear a face covering even when outside.
  • We will be letting clients into the building for euthanasias.
  • If you have any covid symptoms or have tested positive please let us know so that we can arrange treatment for your animal appropriately.

I completely understand that this is frustrating but I have decided that keeping my team safe has to be the priority in order to be able to stay as safe as possible and open for you and you pets. As a small practice we cannot socially distance and will not be able to function with a high incidence of illness.

Please be patient with us, we are trying very hard to keep everyone well and happy. I plan to review the situation in 8 weeks when hopefully more of my staff will be fully vaccinated and we will have a better idea of infection rates.

Thank you all so much for your patience, we miss you all and look forward to a day when it will be safe for us to see each other properly again.

Thank you and stay safe


We are an independently run veterinary practice; owned and managed by a local vet and her family who have lived in the South Woodham Ferrers area for nearly twenty years.

Crouch Vale Vets opened in January 2011, we now have two vets – Aisling and Neil, three RVNs – Hannah, Clare and Luke.

Luke is also a qualified animal physiotherapist which means we can offer a full range of therapeutic care.

And not forgetting Carol, our receptionist. 

Aisling is a Local Veterinary Inspector and is able to carry out the requirements for the Pet Passport Scheme and other small animal exports. We have digital x-rays, a state of the art operating theatre, and a laboratory that can offer a full range of tests on-site, meaning same-day test results and prompt commencement of treatment.

As our nurses are fully qualified Registered Veterinary Nurses, they are able to offer first-line triage and support, often negating the need to make an appointment with a vet.