Practice Philosophy

‘Our philosophy is to act as advocates for every animal we see, to offer the finest line of treatment for each individual and to assist you, as an animal lover, in making health care decisions which offer the best possible outcomes for both your pet and yourself’

Blackwater Vets is an independent veterinary practice located by the sea in West Mersea, near Colchester, Essex.
We are an established gold standard, cutting edge veterinary practice with trained staff providing the highest levels of care and support for both you and your pets.

Cat friendly accredited with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and also a dog friendly registered practice, our aim is to meet the emotional and physical needs of your pet at every moment of their stay.

From the moment you walk through the door of Blackwater Vets, you will be welcomed by our friendly staff at reception and wait in our sunny, pet friendly waiting area.

During the consultation, our caring professionals will discuss your pet with you and will conduct a careful and thorough examination.  The vet will discuss any findings with you and the vets themselves will dispense any medications your pet requires and and will discuss all details in the quiet of the consultation room.  This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have regarding your pets health. No question is silly and you will never be rushed.  We want to build a great relationship with you and your pet.

Please call the practice or click on the fine print tab at the bottom of this page if you have any questions such as the care of in-patients, the practice’s complaints handling policy, normal consulting hours, operating times, fee or charging structures, procedures for second opinions and referrals and/or access to or ownership of records.

Care of patients overnight:

If any of your patients need care overnight our out of hours service Vets Now will provide fully staffed overnight care and out of hours provision with a qualified veterinary surgeon and a qualified veterinary nurse staying with your pet throuhout their time at Vets Now.

Animals will need to be moved between Vets Now and Blackwater Vets by their owners between the hours of closing and opening of these respective clinics.

 

Team Blackwater

Ola

Our veterinary surgeon Ola graduated from Warmia university in Poland (where she’s from) in 2000. After a couple of years in practice she decided to visit Australia and travel the world. Arriving in the UK in 2006, Ola has worked as a locum in many places.  She then, together with her husband Eddie, ran a local practice in Petts Wood in Kent. When the opportunity came up to take on Blackwater Vets and move to Mersea Island, a lifetimes dream to live by the sea and to have a small independent veterinary practice was achieved. Ola’s particular interests are in oncology, cytology, feline medicine.  Ola also has post graduate qualifications in business and management and has completed an internship at VRCC, now Southfields, in oncology and critical care.

Ola is managed by her rescued cat named “Donkers”.

Jacqui

Jacqui, our receptionist and animal care assistant completed a foundation diploma in animal management.
She has a horse Millie and 11 ( yes 11!!) rabbits.

Claudia

Claudia is our newest receptionist.  She owns two horses, whom she regularily shows and a great big soppy german shepherd dog.

 

Donkers

Donkers is our feisty little black cat, Origionally brought in as a stray and desperately underweight, he now is in very good health & has a penchant for expensive hotels!

 

Patricia

 

Patricia is our newest veterinary surgeon.

She has wide experience in all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and also has a passion for marine wildlife medicine.

At present trish is heading a whale conservation project in Mexico and will return in the early spring time.

Molly

We lost our beloved Molly early on 7.07.19
Now she runs over the rainbow bridge.  Below  is her tribute:

Molly used to be Ola’s patient. Being half Labrador and half Alsatian, she was trained to be a guide dog making daily trips to the city with her owner, Eamonn. Having this career and being very clever, Molly developed quite an interesting approach to life.  Once snowy day, when public transport was inoperable, she guided her owner a mile an a half to home.  Her intelligence, wittiness and cheekiness was well illustrated when she guided Eamonn to the opticians instead of her appointment to the next door vets 🙂 !
Molly retired with Eddie and Ola and loved living on Mersea.  She was a hugely important member of our team as well as being a keen socialite, regular at the Coast Inn and wild swimmer off the Mersea coast.

Rest in peace Molly. Thank you for all the comfort and loyalty you offered Eamonn, our selves and the clients of our practice, it has been an honour to know you.

Thank you Mersea for all your kind words and lovely remembrances for this beautiful dog.

Rhona

Rhona, our Registered Veterinary Nurse, holds the City & Guilds accredited Certificate of Veterinary Nursing in Emergency and Critical Care and also is a certificate holder in Dental Health. She has worked within a wide selection of veterinary clinics including referral centres, the Queen Mother Hospital of the Royal Veterinary College and within in equine practice. In her spare time she enjoys riding her American Saddlebred mare, running by the coast and swimming in the sea.  Rhona is also a lover of chihuahuas…!!

Wendy

Wendy is our receptionist.  She is a huge animal lover and a mother of many.

Wendy’s inventory includes 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 horses, 6 children and a grownup man-child called Martin.

 

 

Ashleigh

Ashleigh, our receptionist and animal care assistant, has studied animal management and science at Writtle Agricultural College.
She lived in Germany when she was younger and has 2 cats and one dog called Bertie.

2 Mill Road, West Mersea

Colchester, Essex

CO5 8RH

         

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday:

8:30 am - 7 pm

Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

 Sunday & Bank holidays: closed

 

         

tel: (01206) 384 999