Eden Vets was born in the wake of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001. Charlie Foster, runs the large animal practice at Border Vets in Longtown but knew that sadly it would take time for many farmers to build up their livestock again. So Charlie used the time to establish our small animal vets, finding our premises on Kingstown Road and converting them into the homely and welcoming practice we use today. Both practices are now thriving businesses (and we are pleased to say the Cumbrian farmers proved their grit and resilience).
Our building on Kingstown Road used to be a family home with a smallholding – many of our clients remember visiting as children and getting to know the goats, guinea pigs and other small animals that lived here. We’re delighted the property is still a sanctuary for animals and we like to think the previous residents would have approved.
Our red-brick building still looks like the family home it used to be, removing some of the fear your pets may experience about going into a medical environment. We want them to feel like they’re visiting friends. Our reception area, with individual seating and access to refreshments, leads on to two treatment rooms where we take the time to get to know you and your pet and work out the best possible treatment plan.
Everyone at Eden Vets is passionate about animals and the practice has strong connections with a large number of animal charities. As well as supporting the work of the RSPCA, Cats’ Protection League and Blue Cross we’re particularly pleased to offer our expertise to a couple of local charities who do great work in our community: The Penny Jones Animal Hospice in Hethersgill and The Animals Refuge at Wetheral Shields.
We’re an approved veterinary nurse training practice, helping ensure there are more talented nurses being created in our area. We’re particularly proud of the nurses who gain their qualifications while working for us and then go on to become fully-fledged members of the Eden Vets team.