Welcome to Vets Now’s Media Centre

As the UK’s leading provider of pet emergency care with a nationwide network of emergency clinics and 24/7 hospitals, there’s nothing we don’t know about animal care.

If you’re a journalist or researcher looking for an expert veterinary opinion, incredible real-life case studies or any other media-related matters, you’ll find all the information you need here. Get in touch using the contact details below.

Call

If you have a press enquiry call 01383 627611, or if it’s in the evening or at a weekend, 07919 411402

Real-life stories

For case studies from our out-of-hours clinics and 24/7 pet emergency hospitals click here

Our spokespeople

Our spokespeople are experienced veterinary professionals whose passion and expertise make them perfectly placed to comment on any animal-related topics. Having appeared on various local, regional and national radio and television broadcasts, our senior vets and vet nurses are readily available to provide media interviews, comments and information.

Our state-of-the-art hospitals in Glasgow and Manchester also provide ideal filming locations. If you would like to speak to one of our spokespeople, please get in touch using one of the contact methods above.

Laura Playforth

Laura is Vets Now’s Professional Standards Director. She is responsible for driving clinical and professional standards and works closely with the Vets Now marketing department on a wide variety of digital content, media and PR work.

From Castleford, West Yorkshire, Laura qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 and worked in small animal practice for eight years before moving into emergency and critical care at Vets Now.

In the early part of her career at Vets Now, Laura successfully led three different out-of-hours emergency clinics as a senior veterinary surgeon before being promoted to the role of district vet.

Lara Wilson

Lara is a district vet and is responsible for seven of Vets Now’s pet emergency clinics. She also teaches effective client communication skills to newly-qualified vets.

Originally from Scotland, Lara moved to Northern Ireland after graduating from Glasgow University in 1996. She worked for eight years in mixed practice before taking up a senior vet surgeon role at Vets Now in Belfast.

Since joining the company Lara has gained an MBA. She is a member of the British Veterinary Association, the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and is on the council of the Northern Ireland Veterinary Association.

Dave Leicester

Dave qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and went on to work in busy small animal practices in London and Derby for more than three years before working as a small animal locum in private, charity and referral practices.

He joined Vets Now in 2004, where he is head of clinical intelligence. Dave has a passion for emergency and critical care and the development of evidence-based medicine.

Dave became an elected member of the RCVS Council, which sets the standards of conduct for the veterinary professions in the UK, in January 2018.

2019 Press releases

2019 Press releases

Vets Now images

Vets Now images

We have an extensive catalogue of high-resolution photography from our clinics and hospitals, pet case study images and photographs of our senior staff. If you would like to use any Vets Now images email us or call 01383 627611.

Additional information

Additional information

For filming requests in our clinics, hospitals or support office, email us here. For information on our brand values and guidelines click here. If you are a pet owner with a query or complaint, please contact client care.

  • Vets Now was established in 2001 and is the leading provider of emergency veterinary care for companion animals in the UK.
  • With 24/7 Pet Emergency Hospitals in Glasgow, Manchester and Swindon, and 59 out-of-hours clinics nationwide, Vets Now is committed to delivering a responsive emergency and critical care service for cats, dogs and other small animals.
  • Vets Now also partners with more than 1,400 veterinary practices across the UK to provide their clients with a seamless out-of-hours emergency care service.
  • Vets Now employs over 1000 staff.
  • Vets Now remains at the forefront of emergency veterinary care through its commitment to clinical excellence and training, employing many of the country’s top Emergency & Critical Care Specialists.
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