We are delighted to announce that we have been named by ROYAL CANIN® as an Approved Weight Management Centre as part of a national Weight Management Programme. Our practices received ‘Centre of Excellence’ status for their management of overweight or obese cats and dogs and the work they do to educate clients on keeping their pets at a healthy weight throughout life.
To gain approved centre status, we were required to establish formal Weight Management Clinics and work as a team to refer clients with overweight pets through the clinic. All our vets, nurses and receptionists received bespoke training from ROYAL CANIN®’s dedicated Weight Management Team, providing them with the skills and protocols to discuss obesity with clients and encouraging vets, nurses and receptionists to work together to raise awareness of obesity and its prevention in pet cats and dogs.
Louise Brennan from ROYAL CANIN®’s Weight Management Team said: “We are delighted to name the Garston Veterinary Group as a ROYAL CANIN® Approved Weight Management Centre”. This is a unique platform for practices across the UK to take advantage of and really excel in addressing weight management issues in practice and tackling prevention.”
As an approved centre, the teams at Garston now discuss body condition scoring with patients to identify their ideal bodyweight. If overweight or obese, they are then referred for further advice and support to their weight management clinic. The weight clinic is a 30 minute appointment with a weight management nurse, followed by ongoing monitoring, personalised advice and telephone support. They also educate owners about prevention during puppy and kitten vaccinations and at neutering to ensure owners are aware of the health risks of weight gain from the outset.
Please speak to any member of our small animal team to book your pet in for their FREE 30 minute appointment with one of our Weight Management Nurses