A holistic approach is the treatment of the whole pet, taking into account behavioural, environmental and nutritional factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease and also being open to using both conventional and alternative therapies to treat your pet. For this reason, as well as using conventional therapies such as vaccinations and medications we are also open to antibody titre testing, herbal medicine and acupuncture. We believe in helping owners to make decisions regarding their pet based on providing all the information and guidance we can, we do not believe in forcing any views on you and no question is stupid!
Day care at Vet crèche is different to any other day care as your dog will be supervised by a vet every day, our aim is the take dog day care to the next level in terms of health, hygiene and facility features. We pride ourselves on our commitment to outstanding service and setting the highest standards for dog day care. Our facility will serve as your dog’s home away from home where you and your dog become part of our vet crèche family.
Our philosophy is to create a family of dogs and their owners who have access to all they need in one place from neutering to nutrition. We want vet crèche to be a community of pet lovers, a fun, exciting and safe place for pets and their owners to be!
Meet the team
Dr Adele Fitzpatrick BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS – Director and Veterinary Surgeon
Hi! I am Adele, I am the director and veterinary surgeon here at Vet Crèche! I am a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as well as a member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA), the European Society of Veterinary Ethology (ESVCE), and the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society.
I wanted to be a vet ever since I can remember and spent many hours watching Animal Hospital as a little girl! I was lucky enough to be accepted into Liverpool Vet School and qualified from there in June 2009.
I spent my first year of practice in a very busy first opinion clinic in Birmingham where I developed my consulting and surgical skills. After that I moved to Scotland to complete a one-year rotating internship at Glasgow Vet School, this is an extra year of training within a referral level hospital working under specialists in their field. I worked in various services such as internal medicine, anaesthesia, cardiology, soft tissue surgery and oncology. While doing my internship I discovered I had a great passion for neurology which is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain and spinal cord. I also met my future husband on an intern night out in Glasgow!
I was offered a specialist internship in neurology at Liverpool vet school so I went back to the hospital I qualified from to study this further. During this internship I diagnosed and helped to treat neurological illnesses such as disc disease, epilepsy and inflammatory brain and spinal disease.
After this internship I moved back to Scotland to work in first opinion practice; I was offered the role of Senior Veterinary Surgeon in a new practice branch of Champion Vets in East Kilbride. I spent the following three years building and growing the practice with a small team of amazing nurses. I absolutely loved getting to know all of my clients and their pets on an individual level and watching their beautiful pets grow over the years. I believe in a truly personal, honest and open service and found this was well received in East Kilbride. I also started doing emergency and critical care work for the Vet 999 service based out of Broadleys Veterinary Hospital in Stirling and online consultations for Pawsquad!
During my time at Champion Vets I acquired my three dogs, Fidget, Fergie and Tig! I was lucky enough to be able to bring them to work but I found that during the day, when I was busy operating and consulting they were left lying around, extremely bored and unstimulated. I usually gave up my lunch in order to take them for an hours walk but I still didn’t feel that this was enough for them and often felt guilty about their quality of life. I started researching dog day care which is a very new industry in the UK. Through my research I found a day care centre in Stirling call ‘Safe Paws’ which is owned by Shirley Macmillan. I went to visit Safe Paws and was amazed by the service provided, all of the dogs that attended were so happy, being socialised, stimulated and playing with other dogs rather than being at home on their own. During this time, I had also started feeding my dogs raw food and saw first-hand the amazing benefits.
I started to think wouldn’t it be great to create a centre in Glasgow where I could combine all of these services under one roof – veterinary treatments, dog day care and training, and raw food so I left my job at Champion
Vets in order to pursue my goal and make this into a reality and so Vet Crèche was born! I managed to find an amazing space in the form of a 5000sq ft unit in Thornliebank Industrial Estate and with some amazing people around me we managed to transform it into the centre it is today.
We cannot wait to share this centre and all we have to offer with you so please give us a call or pop down if you are interested in any of our services. We cannot wait to meet you and your pets!!!
Xx Adele xx
Reagan Carnwath – Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture Veterinarian
Hello, I am Reagan.
I grew up in Cambuslang, in the Southside of Glasgow, with my two sisters. From a very young age, much to my mother’s dismay, I was bringing home sick and injured animals and those in need of a home! My older sister was the first in the extended family to go to university so you can imagine the shock when both myself and my twin sister got accepted to Glasgow University to study Veterinary Medicine. If you’ve ever been in my dad’s black cab in Glasgow, there’s a chance you’ve already heard our story!
I first developed an interest in herbal medicine after trying it on myself. From a basic cup of gentle chamomile tea to help me get off to sleep to the famous Echinacea when I got the cold, my interests grew. As I read more I began to use plant medicine on my dogs, Patch and Scrap and even my partner Ben! In my third year of vet school I undertook an external certificate in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine alongside my regular veterinary studies. I am fascinated with plant medicine and can often be found growing and gathering plants and making my own medicine.
I first tried acupuncture for an old horse riding injury to my shoulder. I had tried many things to treat the pain, but nothing worked until the acupuncture. Since graduating from Vet School in 2014, I have undertaken a post graduate diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. It has been fascination to learn about this ancient art and I am really enjoying integrating it into my practice.
I am currently the only Scottish member of the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists and the only International Veterinary Acupuncture Society member in Scotland (with the exception of my twin sister who practices on horses!).
Holistic veterinary medicine is my passion and treating animals in a way that I would want to be treated is important to me. Within my practice my aim is always to get to the root cause of my patient’s problem and treat that rather than only treating the symptoms seen.
Working with Adele at Vet Crèche I hope that we can promote this holistic approach to veterinary care in Scotland. We will take the time to understand every aspect of an animal’s life including its bond with you and treat your pet with natural medicine, care and respect.
For me working in this way is much more than just a job. It’s about integrating ancient and modern techniques to provide safe and effective therapies that improve the health and welfare of animals committed to my care
Heather Chambers – Animal Care Assistant
Hi, my name is Heather and I am an Animal Care Assistant at Vet crèche. I have spent the past year studying my Level 2 Diploma of Veterinary Care Assistants in Edinburgh, this course required me to spend 3 days each week in a veterinary practice in order to gain all the necessary skills for this job. Throughout the course I completed numerous practical and written assignments in order to assess my competence. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and look forward to using all the skills learned on a daily basis in my new job!
So why did I choose to study to be a Veterinary Care Assistant? Well, I grew up on a farm and so have always been around animals of all shapes and sizes. From a young age I always helped to care for our animals/pets and having always had numerous pets, I have been to veterinary practices a fair few times over the years, it got me wondering how do you get to work in a vets? So here I am!
I find working with animals so rewarding and I feel there is nothing better than knowing you have helped the veterinary surgeon make a difference, even if it is only hand feeding an animal for a while until they get their strength back, or helping hold an animal while the veterinary surgeon takes blood to help with the diagnosis.
At home we currently have 3 beautiful dogs, 2 of which are rescues. I enjoy spending as much time as possible with them. I also have a rabbit he is also a rescue; he is full of mischief but I wouldn't change him for the world. I care for every pet as if it was my own and cannot wait to meet you and your furry friends and learn lots of new skills from Adele and her team!
Anne Kelly – Dog Trainer
Hi, I am Anne and I am a dog trainer here at Vet Crèche! My role involves teaching puppy, beginner, junior, and intermediate group classes as well as offering one to one training. I have been involved with dogs almost all of my life and for the past 25 years I have been one of the dog trainers at my local dog club. I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) UK (00904) and I have studied canine psychology at The Animal Welfare College. I am an approved assessor for the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme. All of my training is done using positive, reward based methods which helps to promote an excellent relationship between dog and owner. I have a particular interest in puppy development and set up my first ‘puppies only’ class 16 years ago! Over the years I have owned different breeds of dog and at present I have a German Shepherd and a Whippet. I look forward to meeting you and your pup and to the great things we can achieve together.
Our aim is to help you have the happiest and healthiest pet you can. We have done this by combining all your pet's needs under on roof: veterinary health care, dog day care and training, grooming, home boarding and raw feeding. Rather than just focus on one area we believe that a holistic approach is the best way to have a happy pet who loves life and is healthy enough to enjoy it for as long as possible!