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Farm Drug collections – June 1 2020

From the 1st June, Friars Moor are reopening its branches for farm drug collections at Blandford, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. We have had to make some alterations to the way we work. Opening hours will be 8.30-5. In the short term the door will remain locked. Please ring the branch number to order your drugs where they will be booked out at and placed in the lockable box.

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Happy Retirement Andrew Hooker

At the end of April, we reluctantly said goodbye to Andrew Hooker who has retired after 27 years at Friars Moor. Determined not to let the current situation stop us, we marked the occasion with a get together via Zoom so that all the staff could join in as we say goodbye and wished him a very long and happy retirement.

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Vaccinations & Neutering at Blandford, Shaftesbury Branches – May 14, 2020

We are very pleased to offer further appointments’ for Vaccinations at our Shaftesbury branch as of Tuesday 19th May as well as our Blandford branch.

WE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU as soon as possible regarding your pets booster to book your appointment.

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Pet Vaccination Appointments – April 15, 2020

dog being vaccinatedWe have now received further guidance from our governing body regarding certain services that we are able to offer to help prevent outbreaks of diseases in our pets.

Please see these protocols for your pet’s vaccinations:


Puppy/kitten needs its 1st or 2nd vaccination
Rabbit vaccinations due to seasonal risk of myxomatosis and RHD/VHD


Your dog is due it’s annual lepto booster

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New Opening Hours

With effect from Monday 30th March our opening hours will be:

8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri

8.30-12 noon – Saturday

This is a limited service running from our Sturminster Newton branch and calls will be triaged during this time.

We are available outside of the above times for emergencies.

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Update for Livestock Health provisions – April 30, 2020

Following the latest Covid 19 announcements Friars Moor will continue to provide routine fertility visits, TB testing, foot trimming and emergency work. Vet tech work will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Drugs can be collected from Sturminster Newton and pick ups can be coordinated from Shaftesbury and Blandford but please note both these branches are closed.

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Covid-19 Protection – Pet Veterinary Provisions

Latest update: July 3, 2020

We have now received further guidance from our the RCVS (our governing body) and the BVA regarding certain services that we are able to offer to help prevent outbreaks of diseases in our pets.

Nail clips, health checks and non-essential dentals (those where medicines can help) will be postponed.

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Branch opening hours – Sat March 21

As a practice we are continuing to provide the best service we can in these difficult times and we are doing this by restricting movement between our branches. Because of manning our branches we will not be opening our Blandford branch this Saturday 21st March.

Shaftesbury and Sturminster will be open as usual from 8.30-12.

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Covid 19 Protection – Small Animal

Due to the changing Covid-19 situation we will now be reducing our pet veterinary provisions to emergency only.

ALL routine work will now stop. This includes neutering, vaccinations, nail clips and health checks. Non-essential dentals (those where medicines can help) will also be postponed. We will still be providing emergency service for those animals which are sick,

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Veterinary Nurse

Friars Moor Vets are looking for a registered veterinary nurse for maternity cover, with the potential for permanent role to a suitable candidate. We are a forward thinking, independent, thriving veterinary practice in North Dorset with clinics in Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury and Blandford.
This is a full time position,

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We all love our pets and, for 18 years, Friars Moor Veterinary Practice in Sturminster Newton has been giving me the confidence that I was doing the very best I could for mine.
Angela Faulkner