Braveheart Award for lovely Willow

Our Braveheart Award this July goes to Willow.

Willow was rushed to us as an emergency following a road traffic accident (RTA) after getting spooked and running into the road on a dog walk.

The nursing team immediately triaged Willow and determined that she wasn’t in a state of shock, however she was very painful and unable to stand up, so a strong painkiller injection was given.

Vet Max then assessed her and performed a FAST (focused assessment of trauma) scan to determine that there was no significant bleeding or immediately life-threatening injuries.

X-rays were then taken of the spine, chest and pelvis where thankfully no significant injuries were seen.

It was decided to give Willow more pain relief and let her relax on her own in a kennel to reduce stress.

The team know Willow well and knew how stressed she could get, having been at the vets just a few weeks before for a dental!

By the end of the day the team were relieved to find that Willow could stand up on her own and gingerly walk a few steps.

It was decided to keep her in overnight to give her more pain relief before sending her home the next day.

Willow is now doing well at home although she is still a little stiff and uncomfortable from the trauma.

She is now receiving physio and is on anti-inflammatories, although she sometimes refuses to take them!

To find out more about Westmoor Veterinary Centre visit

Okeford vets - Ju;ly 2023
Okeford Vets. (Okeford vets)

Dedicated and caring team of vets

Okeford Veterinary Centre has a team of dedicated and caring vets supported by a great team of qualified nurses and experienced reception and support staff. We strive to maintain excellent standards of care and support for you and your animals.

We aim to provide a high standard of clinical care and expertise in a friendly, welcoming environment 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

To ensure we meet the highest standards we are accredited by the RCVS and have undergone a rigorous inspection process to achieve this status.

As well as our main practice in the centre of Okehampton we also have a branch surgery close to the centre of Chagford offering routine health checks and vaccinations.

The practice has an extensive range of specialist equipment including digital radiography, endoscopes, high quality ultrasound scanner, an in-house laboratory (ensuring prompt results), dedicated dental suite with ECG and up to date patient monitoring technology. A network of referral specialists are also available when appropriate.

Okeford Veterinary Centre was acquired by CVS (UK ) Limited in 2015 and now operates as part of this larger group of veterinary practices.

To find out more about Okeford Veterinary Centre visit 

The Hen House Farm, a family run business on the banks of The River Tamar supplying happy hens as pets and a wealth of chicken related experiences to families, schools, camp sites and carehomes.
(For Animal matters July 2023)
The Hen House Farm, a family run business on the banks of The River Tamar. (Hen House Farm)

Happy Hens make great pets

We are The Hen House Farm, a family-run business on the banks of the River Tamar supplying happy hens as pets and a wealth of chicken related experiences to families, schools, campsites and care homes.

What we offer: POL vaccinated happy hens, starter kits, chicken coops, hen and coop hire from a weekend up to a term for birthdays, holidays and special events, flock hire for B&Bs and incubation hire so families, schools, care homes and glamping sites can access ethically-raised chicks with onward care of the boys and girls. 

With over 25 years’ teaching experience and a lifetime in the hobby Paul can help you access the amazing world of chickens. 

He can support your needs, guide your enthusiasm and enable you to bring this fantastic hobby to life. 

He understands just how busy you are as a parent, teacher and business leader and has created easy to navigate solutions to suit your lifestyle at home or in the school environment.

Please feel free to give us a call, drop us an email or simply go along to our pop up marquee every first and third Saturday of the month at Mole Valley Farmers in Tavistock.

To find out more about The Hen House Farm visit