Staff from The Forest Vet, Maresfield, who entertained about 60 clients at The Chequers on Wednesday night. They are, from the left: animal nursing assistants Harriet Shankster and Jasmin Barnatt, vets Rachael Butler and Sarah Caulfield, nurse Chloe Goatcher and practice manager Annette Butler. Rachael is holding her dog Bertie, the practice mascot.

Staff from The Forest Vet, Maresfield, treat clients to drinks and dinner

About 60 people joined staff from The Forest Vet, Maresfield, for drinks and dinner at The Chequers on Wednesday night.

Vet Rachael Butler, who set up the practice which celebrated its first birthday earlier this year, likes to get clients together regularly and this is the third time they have been treated to an evening out.

What she aims to do is give animal owners more information to help them look after their pets. On Wednesday night, for example, she was talking about vomiting and diarrhea.

Rachael said that while consultations at The Forest Vet are longer, at 30 minutes, than offered at most vets, time is still limited and it helps if clients have the knowledge to realise something is wrong earlier than they might otherwise and be able to describe symptoms.

She values the longer consultations and said 80% of diagnoses came from history-taking. Being thorough meant that it was often possible to get to the root of a problem, rule out the need for irrelevant tests, and sort it out quickly.

• Contact details for The Forest Vet can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Vets.

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