Find or call a vet

Vet clipping the claws of a guinea pig © Andrew Forsyth / RSPCA Photolibrary

All pets need to be registered with a veterinary practice, where you can take them for routine health care and advice, as well as any emergency treatment.

If you're unsure when to call the vet, visit Vet Help Direct, which is an online guide to help you to decide how quickly you should contact your vet. Below, we explain how to find your nearest vet or how to speak to someone on the phone for immediate veterinary advice.

Find your nearest vet

All veterinary surgeons must be registered by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Follow the link below to find your nearest vet.

Find an RCVS-accredited veterinary practice.

Speak to a vet on the phone

PetGP is a 24-hour phone service that works like an NHS Direct for pets, and anyone can call. It's staffed exclusively by UK-qualified veterinary nurses with years of experience.

You can pay upfront or have the call charged to your bill on a pay-as-you-go basis, and the cost is typically less than an initial vet consultation.

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Helping with the cost of vets' bills

If an animal you own or are responsible for is suffering or in pain, you're required under the Animal Welfare Act to take them to a vet. If you're worried about the costs, many vets provide health care packages to help manage costs and ensure pets receive regular veterinary check-ups and preventative treatments.

Medivet, CVS UK Ltd veterinary group practices and Companion Care/Vets4Pets are among those offering these schemes. You can also talk to your vet and see if they offer something similar.

Visit our pet advice pages for more information and to find out how to keep your pet healthy and happy.

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