ScoobyAndSophieBiggerOur Open Day was held on Sunday 25th September to mark 20 years of Ash Veterinary Surgery in Merthyr Tydfil and we feel that we celebrated our birthday with style. It launched our Ash Regulars Health Club, which will enable our clients to access affordable preventative healthcare for all their pets.
There was an agility competition with classes for both dogs and children. The weather helped us out on the afternoon and the course was great fun, both for those competing and for the audience as well.
Members of the public got hands-on chances to try out veterinary techniques using the endoscope to investigate boxes full of curios. They also had a chance to find the identichip in an Ash Veterinary Surgery Teddy Bear. The surgical suction machine was also used by visitors to investigate what was hiding underneath the fluid.

There were demonstrations of ultrasound, X rays, physiotherapy, bandaging and Gavin the stuffed giraffe pretended to have an operation so the theatre set up could be demonstrated. A display in the laboratory allowed visitors to look down the microscope at samples and identify larger than live parasites. Les Middleton from Bayer Animal Health gave a very interesting presentation on Lungoworm, an emerging problem in this area.

Sultan was the star of the “Guess The Weight Of The Tortoise” Competition, with his weight finally revealed at 12.5kg. The winner was Kath Durburn, who guessed the weight exactly. Several other staff pets visited the practice, including Giacomo the giant maine coon cat and Krusty the uromastyx.

DSC00050Local businesses and charities were well represented, with stalls from Bayer andRoyvon kennels and charity stands supporting RSPCA, bat and greyhound rescue societies and South Wales Reptile and Exotic Animal Group.

With cake and other refreshments to celebrate the birthday everyone had a great afternoon. Pictures of the open day can be seen here. Maybe you’re in them? You can find out more about what’s going on at the practice if you join our Facebook page.

Dog Agility
Fastest overall and first prize in the medium dog class – Tyson Close

1st prize Scooby Hatton (small dog)
2nd prize Scooby Ellis and Bailey Holland-Ball
3rd Prize Lionel Evans

All the winners got rosettes and a kong toy; Lionel also won the prize for the dog who tried hardest.

Kids’ Agility
1st prize – Lana Thomas
2nd Prize Sophie Davies
3rd Prize Dafydd Nicholas
All three won rosettes and a cuddly toy.

Pin the tail on the dog was won by Jenna.

The identichipped bear was won by Marisa Clark.

The worksheet competition was won by Sophie Davies, the only person to get all the questions correct.

The colouring competition will be judged on the 3rd October.

Many thanks to our sponsors, without whom the event would not have been so much fun.

  • Alstoe
  • Animal Care
  • Bayer
  • Boerhinger- ingelheim
  • Collarways
  • Hills Pet Nutrition
  • Pfizer

A huge thank you too, to our fantastic staff who went out of their way to make the open day enjoyable for everyone.