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Christmas Opening Hours 2018   18 December 2018

These are our opening hours over the festive period: Saturday 22nd December: 8.30-12.30 Sunday 23rd December: CLOSED Monday 24th December: 8.30-15.00 Tuesday 25th December: CLOSED Wednesday 26th December: CLOSED Thursday 27th December: 8.30-18.30 Friday 28th December: 8.30-18.30 Saturday 29th December: 8.30-12.30 Sunday 30th December: CLOSED Monday 31st December: 8.30-15.00 Tuesday 1st January 2015:CLOSED Wednesday 2nd January: 8.30-18.30 Normal hours resume after this date. If you have an emergency during the holiday period please call our normal number (0208 876 9696) and if we are closed our answer phone will give you the number of the clinic which deals with our patients out of hours. Boarding pets can only be dropped off or collected during opening hours, and we advise arriving at least 30 minutes before we close. We'd like to thank all our clients and referring surgeries for the support in 2018 and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!


Exotic Pet Specialist   11 February 2015

Head vet Matthew Fiddes has been awarded RCVS Specialist Status in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. This is the highest level of UK veterinary qualification and he is one of only 18 vets in the UK to hold this specialist status (out of approximately 25,000 UK vets). CJ Hall Vets is now the only exotic pet specialist private practice in London and the South East. Despite the term 'Zoo and Wildlife' this specialism covers all exotic pets, some of which people are surprised vets call 'exotic' from rabbits and rodents through to birds, reptiles and ornamental fish.
Most RCVS specialists see only referred cases from GP vets, but Matthew continues to take first opinion cases. You can simply call us up and make an appointment to recieve our extensive expertise. We are actively involved in veterinary student teaching, however exotic pets have historically recieved little to no teaching at some UK veterinary schools. At our practice we can offer over 10 years of experience and qualifications with such animals, validated by our specialist status. We continue to operate a busy referral service where your GP vet can refer your rabbit, small mammal, reptile or bird for unusual, complex or specialist treatment, much like your own GP sending you to see a hospital consultant.
As in the last 20 years, the practice continues to treat local cats and dogs. Our patients can benefit from our well equipped referral practice and staff that are dedicated to lifelong learning and the best standards in veterinary medicine to provide great care for your pet.


Exam Success   13 August 2013

Our head vet Matthew Fiddes has recently passed the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine, which is the highest level of examined UK qualification in exotic pets. This makes him one of only 37 UK vets (out of 17 000 vets in the UK) with RCVS or European Diplomas in the subject and, to our knowledge, the only one in private practice in London!


Twitter   02 August 2011

If the real chattering of a parrot wasn't enough, we have decided to dive into the world of Twitter. Follow us at @cjhallvets for a beind the scenes look into the day to day running of the surgery, with anything else we find interesting along the way. Tell your friends!


Christmas   23 November 2010

Don't forget to book your furry/feathered/scaly friends in for their Christmas holiday - December is a busy boarding month and we soon fill up. Please give us a call or email to check availability and prices over the festive season.

Please have a look at our articles page for an opening times Christmas newsletter, which will tell you when we will be available over the Christmas holidays. You can also pick up a copy from reception.


Time To Wake Up   23 March 2010

Spring seems to have sprung and tortoises should be waking from hibernation. This is a common time to see health problems as hibernation can place quite a drain on the body. Tortoises should be active, eating, drinking and have passed urine within one week of waking up. Daily bathing and providing suitable warm temperature (by using a heat lamp) will help get them awake and eating quickly, but you should contact the surgery if you have any concerns over the health of your tortoise.


Tortoise Hibernation   05 January 2010

Particularly in the recent cold spell, it should be remembered that sub-zero temperatures can harm hibernating tortoises Ice crystals can damage their sensitive eyes. A thermometer that records minimum and maximum temperatures is very useful for the hibernation box. A separate drinks cooler or fridge make ideal hibernation enclosures, ensuring the temperature is not too low or too high (above 10oC the tortoise will not be properly hibernating).


Watch Us On TV   15 June 2009

Tune into BBC 3 at 22.30 on a Tuesday to catch a glimpse of C. J. Hall Vets at work. We were recently filmed alongside other veterinary practices nationwide for Bizarre Animal ER, a animal-related spin off of medical series Bizarre ER which focuses on strange and funny medical cases. If you don't catch it the first time, it is replayed during the week, as well as being available online.


Boarding For Exotics   12 September 2008

Please remember we can provide full boarding facilities for our Parrot and Reptile clients! Book early to guarantee your place at busy periods (Christmas, Easter and Summer). Call or email us at the surgery to check availability or for more details. Please note a 20 deposit is required when booking.

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