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Learn about our Cookridge branch


Learn about our Cookridge branch

The building housing our Leeds branch was built in the early 1900’s so that it could be used as a maternity hospital. The large building was perfect to keep separate patients in different rooms, and the Matron lived next door in the adjoining house. A little bit of trivia, Jeremy Paxman was amongst the last babies to be born there!

In 1958 the hospital turned into a dentistry practice for a short time, until a vet named John Saxton purchased the premises in 1970. John developed the building into an appropriate environment suitable for animal treatment.

Our current Clinical Director Brendan Clarke joined the practice in 1997 and became a partner shortly afterwards, taking over the running of the practice in 2003 when John retired. John had a very integrative approach also to veterinary medicine, and Brendan was enthusiastic, open minded and most importantly dedicated to animal care. Before coming to Towerwood Vets, Brendan describes himself as being sceptical about alternative and complementary treatments. However, since being shown the wonders a more complementary approach to both general pet care and the treatment of illness and disease in our pets, Brendan has a completely new attitude today.

The clinic as we know it today has had a few facelifts over the years, with the addition of a new surgical theatre suite and inpatient care facilities, as well as an expansion of the waiting areas to allow for separate dog and cat waiting areas, a requirement to maintain our Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic award. The practice has evolved to be as spacious and practical as we can get within the restrictions of this beautiful old building in the centre of Cookridge.

Cookridge currently offers the following services and facilities:

  • Separate dog and cat waiting areas
  • Separate dog and cat in-patient facilities
  • Isolation facilities for in-patients
  • Secure toileting area for in-patients
  • Food and pet product sales
  • Digital X-ray and Ultrasound
  • Full surgical theatre facilities
  • In-house laboratories for routine analysis testing

Support team of fully RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses and student veterinary nurses. Meet Our Team here!

Parking at Cookridge: Parking at our Cookridge clinic is limited. As the practice is based in a residential area, parking can get busy as it is roadside parking only. There are double yellow lines outside the practice on Tinshill Road. Please be considerate to our neighbours who live nearby when parking, and avoid parking across driveways. Should you need to park very close, our team try to ensure that we reserve the spot directly outside the surgery for our clients. In an emergency, or if you are carrying a large dog who is critically ill, then you may pull up on the driveway to the staff parking area if space is available. Please try not to block our practice ambulance from getting out in an emergency.

Accessibility: We do have seven outside steps up to our building in Cookridge. We have on many occasions explored all options around making our clinic fully accessible for wheelchair users, however the ability to add ramps or elevators to our front door would require considerable landscape changes that we have been advised would not pass through the council planning department due to the residential nature of our community. There is a call button to our reception at the bottom of our steps should you need assistance in getting your pet into the practice, our team will be happy to help in any way you need. Should you require full wheelchair access, please consider visiting our Greengate surgery that has fully flat access and good parking facilities.

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