Bournemouth, New Forest & District Branch

Your local RSPCA

Bournemouth New Forest & District Branch Veterinary Clinic

We are a local branch of the RSPCA. We are a separate registered charity from the main society and we raise our own funds to support our animal welfare work within the local area.  We run a Veterinary clinic in Bournemouth, and our branch is run by a committee of locally elected volunteers who are responsible for the management and administration of the branch's affairs.   

Welcome to the RSPCA Bournemouth Clinic

Bournemouth New Forest & District Branch Reg Charity No. 205126

The clinic offers a low cost service to home owners or rent payers who live in the clinic’s catchment area and are also on certain benefits. To qualify to use the clinic proof of address (utility bill), benefit (benefit letter or bank statement) and photo ID (drivers licence, passport or birth certificate) will need to be seen at your first appointment and annually thereafter.  If you are not eligible for reduced cost veterinary assistance, we can only provide emergency veterinary assistance at an unsubsidised rate. 

Postcodes covered by the clinic are:

BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4 BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH23, BH24, BH25, SO40, SO41, SO42, SO43, SO45,

Benefits covered by the clinic are:

Universal Credit (standard allowance)

Pension credit

Job Seekers Allowance

Employment Support Allowance

Income Support 

 

Opening Times

The clinic is open from 9.00am-4.00pm Monday-Friday.

Please note we are closed with no vet on site at weekends or bank holidays.

Appointments

We operate by appointment only,  appointments are available between 9am-10am and 12.30pm-3.45pm Monday to Friday.

 If you are unable to make your appointment please let the clinic know in advance. Missed appointments will be charged.

Veterinary treatment

Illness or injury can happen at any time and an important part of responsible pet ownership is providing them with medical care when needed. The clinic offers reduced cost (not free) veterinary treatment, You will be asked to pay in full on the day of treatment for services and goods provided by the clinic.   

Out of Hours

Out of Hours Care is provided by EMERGENCY VET CARE, POOLE.  This service is for emergencies only and you will need to pay the practice all fees relating to your treatment at the time of your appointment. You must take your Clinic Registration Card to qualify for a discount, (the current fee is £65 plus any treatment or prescription) or you will be charged the full amount which is currently £135 before treatment/medication

 

Neutering

All pets must be neutered within 3 months of registering. There are numerous health benefits to getting your pet neutered, these include the prevention of some tumours and of uterus infections, which in some cases can be life threatening. The only exception to this rule is when a vet considers this procedure too be unsuitable for the particular animal at that time.

 

Microchipping

All registered pets must be microchipped at the first available opportunity. It is also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped from 8 weeks of age. Once your animal is microchipped it is your responsibility to keep these details up to date. Having your pet microchipped will give you the best chance of being reunited with your pet if it is ever lost or stolen.

 

Multi-animal households

The maximum number of animals you can register for reduced cost veterinary assistance is three, only one of which may be a purebred, pedigree or “designer crossbreed”. Determination of eligibility for these purposes is at the entire discretion of the RSPCA, whose decision is final.

 

Loss, death and rehoming of animal 

If a registered animal goes missing or dies, the clinic must be notified immediately so that clinical records can be updated. If a registered animal is rehomed the clinic must be notified immediately so that clinical records can be provided by referral to the new owner’s vet. A period of six months must pass before you may register another animal, making it even more important to notify us of changes to a registered animal immediately.