Paws for thought

The latest news and thoughts from Hadrian Vets.

New vet Honor heralds new era at Hexham's oldest practice

HEXHAM'S oldest veterinary practice is set for a new era with the arrival of vet Honor Etherington.

Honor admits she is delighted to be taking over the running of Hadrian Vets following the retirement earlier this year of long-serving vet Eric Nelson, who previously ran the practice with wife Wendy.

She puts high clinical standards and client education among her top priorities when she takes over as senior vet at the surgery in Dene Avenue on June 27.

Hadrian Vets is Hexham's longest-established veterinary practice, and was taken over earlier this year by the VetPartners group, which owns some of the UK's most respected and trusted veterinary businesses, including the North East's biggest veterinary group, Westway Veterinary Centres, which has a branch in nearby Corbridge.

Durham-born Honor qualified from Edinburgh University in 2004, and has worked in small animal practices in the North East, as well as in emergency and critical care.

She is working towards her Advanced GP Certificate in small animal mixed medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to further improve her skills.

She joins Hadrian Vets from Sunderland Vets4Pets, where she has worked for the past nine years.

Honor said: "Hadrian Vets is a highly respected practice and this is a fantastic new challenge to help take it forward into a new era.

"VetPartners is a group dedicated to improving clinical standards, which is very important, and all the values that are important to me are shared by the team at Hadrian Vets.

"I have always set high clinical standards, and looked at ways to educate clients, implement best practice ideas, high levels of care and a good client experience. Clients want the best possible service at a reasonable price, and with a good outcome for their pets."

Honor is renowned for her veterinary care of rabbits, with clients from all over the north of England bringing their bunnies to her for regular healthcare check-ups and advice.

Rabbit Awareness Week, a national event run by Burgess Excel, runs from June 17 to 25, and the focus of this year's campaign is feeding fresh, high-quality hay and grass every day.

Honor said: "I do a lot of rabbit work, covering all aspects of their care, including dental treatment, medicine and surgery. Rabbit nutrition is something I'm very passionate about."

For media enquiries, please contact Amanda Little, VetPartners Head of PR and Communications, on 0191 274 7910 or email

Hexham practice set for new era as veterinary legend bows out after nearly 50 years

HEXHAM'S oldest veterinary practice is beginning a new era following the retirement of long-serving vet Eric Nelson.

Eric, 73, has retired from full-time veterinary medicine at Hadrian Vets – a practice he first joined in 1968 - but will continue to work one day a week, running acupuncture clinics.

His wife, Wendy, who has been Practice Manager since 2005, has also retired after Hadrian Vets joined the VetPartners group, which owns some of the UK's most respected veterinary businesses.

While Eric and Wendy's departure marks the end of an era, Hadrian Vets will continue to go from strength to strength as experienced vets Jenny White and Elizabeth Joseph will now run one of the Tyne Valley's best-known small animal practices.

Jenny and Elizabeth have more than 40 years' experience between them, and veterinary nursing assistant Rachel Forsyth and receptionist Celia Lowe will also remain at the practice.

A new registered veterinary nurse and a kennel assistant have recently been appointed.

Eric said: "It is lovely that Hadrian Vets is continuing as it means the future is secure and the name lives on.

"I'm passing over the reins to a new generation of vets, who are already well-known and trusted by our clients." Eric joined the practice – then known as Pickering & Co – after graduating from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1968, when it was a general practice, with a farming and equine section, in addition to treating family pets.

Along with Jock Pickering, John Brown, David Tordoff, John Scott and Alastair Maclean, he was one of the original partners in the practice. Pickering & Co became Hadrian Vets in the early 80s, before moving from Orchard Place to its present location at Dene Avenue.

Some of the North East's leading trainers, including the legendary Arthur Stephenson, got Eric to treat their racehorses, but he is best known in the veterinary profession as a pioneer of acupuncture.

After first using acupuncture to help cows during bad calvings, he studied in Japan, China, USA, Holland, Belgium and Norway to achieve an International Diploma in Veterinary Acupuncture, and is also passionate about other forms of complementary treatments, including homeopathy and herbal medicine, combining all three disciplines in his work.

Eric, who lives in Stocksfield, added: "When I first started, it really was like James Herriot. We worked seven days a week and were always on call. A half a day off a fortnight was a luxury.

"I've retired from owning a practice but I won't finish work just yet as I plan to continue doing acupuncture.

"There were a lot of sceptics when vets first started doing acupuncture, but now it has become extremely popular in the treatment of animals."

For media enquiries, please contact Amanda Little, VetPartners Head of PR and Communications, on 0191 274 7910 or email

Price List update

We are currently updating our website with new information please contact us if you have any questions.

Free Pet Creche

For clients attending appointments*, from over 5 miles away, we are happy to look after your pet for up to 4 hours.

So you can be reassured you pet is safe and not left in your car, whilst you make the most of your visit to Hexham.

*Please let us know that you will be using our creche facility in advance of your appointment.

Pet Plan Veterinary Awards

Hadrian Vets are proud to have been nominated for Practice of the Year 2014. Winners are to be announced in April 2014.

Dog Wormers

Even healthy looking animals can carry worms, it’s important to worm pets regularly, a minimum of every 3 months.


  • Tablets: can be given whole or ground up, hidden in a treat (chicken or cheese)
  • Worm all your dogs at the same time
  • Make a note on your calendar - don’t forget
  • Store safely away from children and animals
  • Wash your hands after using
  • Follow the instructions - ask your vet if unsure.

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The Good Vet Guide

We offer animal acupuncture as part of our holistic approach to treating animals

Used, in conjunction with other treatments, mainly for functional problems such as those involving, pain, non-infectious inflammation and some forms of paralysis. For small animals, acupuncture is used for treating arthritis, hip dysplasia, asthma, diarrhea, some skin conditions, back pain chronic, lung problems, chronic diarrhoea and incontinence.

For more information please see our acupuncture page or ask to speak to our specialist vet Eric Nelson MRCVS, Dip Vet Acupuncture (IVAS)

Eric Nelson marks 45 years

Eric Nelson, owner of Hadrian Vets, marks 45 years... read more

Cat and Dog Neutering Subsidies

Cats Protection Vouchers

You can qualify for support if you are the owner of the cat that is to be neutered and are one of the following:

  • A full-time student.
  • On a pension.
  • On a means-tested benefit.
  • On a low wage.

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Dogs Trust

Subsidised neutering is available from Dogs Trust for people on means-tested benefits within certain areas.

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Welcome to Hadrian Vets in Hexham, we understand that pets are an important part of your family. We aim to give the very best veterinary care available, providing exceptional clinical standards in a friendly, caring way.

Our practice is available to all in the Tyne Valley area including Hexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield, Prudhoe, Haydon Bridge, Haltwhistle, Bellingham, Acomb, Allendale and Otterburn.

  • 15 minute consults as standard
  • Ample Free Parking
  • Highly recommended by our clients
  • Hadrian Vets Friendly, family run business
  • Acupuncture and Homeopathy Clinics
  • Hadrian Vets Hexham's longest established veterinary practice