Welcome to Crouch Vale Veterinary Practice.

Dear All,

We hope all of you had a happy, peaceful and kind Christmas and New Year.

I’m sorry to start the New Year with less than jovial news but we are back to having no cat vaccines available. We are trying to secure more for other sources. For those of you that are already booked in for January we do have enough for you but from today (10/01/2022) we have been told that we may not have more cat vaccines until the end of March!!!

We will of course keep you updated as soon as we know anything, if you have concerns about your cat’s vaccination status please give us a ring and situation will be triaged by a nurse and vet.

At the moment we have dog and rabbit vaccines, so may this situation at least continue.

We hope that 2022 is so far being kind to you and to let you know we are always here for you even if it is strange times.


Ais, Paul, Neil, Hannah, Alicia, Chelsi, Kirsty, Jess Maggie and Heidi xxx

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 have 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.