At Market Veterinary Centre we have a large variety of cases come through the door on a daily basis, some are routine, others are emergencies. Although all our patients are treated with equal importance, each month we like to nominate an animal for our ‘Brave Heart’ award. This is awarded in recognition of animals who have shown exceptional bravery, battled against the odds or whose story captured the imagination and hearts of staff members!

Exmoor Zoo

July's Braveheart

28/07/2017 - 17:29

Apart from our usual small animal and farm work we are also privileged to be able to treat the animals living at Exmoor Zoo. Whilst it is wonderful to be able to work in close proximity with these beautiful and rare animals, the tasks that we are asked to perform to often present their own unique challenges. We were called to the zoo at the end of June to administer first aid to a Cheetah that… [read more]

Mia 1

December 2016 -

10/02/2017 - 14:56

Mia is a very friendly 8 year old Staffordshire bull terrier; she was brought in by her owner with occasional collapse episodes on walks. She didn’t collapse for long and would soon be up on her feet again and didn’t appear unwell in any other way. When the vet first examined her there was nothing found to be wrong and it remained a mystery until the collapse became more frequent. This time on… [read more]

Una !

October 2016 - Una

14/11/2016 - 10:06

This month’s braveheart  is sadly awarded posthumously. It goes to Una who in the short length of time she was with us brought a lot of people a lot of joy. She was brought to this country by a rescue charity as a puppy  from Spain. She was a Podenco Cross which is a Spanish hunting breed.  In August, at the age of nine months, she became progressively lame on one back leg. Examination made us… [read more]


August 2016 - Sunshine

30/09/2016 - 16:59

Sunshine is a cat that has had not one or two but seemingly ALL the common older cat diseases, one on top of the other. She is our Braveheart this month because of how well she has responded to her numerous treatments, how good tempered she has been through it all and how committed and determined the Pitts family, particularly Mrs Michelle Pitts, have been to give her the very best care. We… [read more]

Pi enjoying the sea air

July 2016 - Pi

22/07/2016 - 11:06

Pi was struck by a car whilst on his morning walk and was initially knocked unconscious before being rushed into the surgery. He had significant trauma to his left shoulder region and his breathing pattern suggested a punctured lung (pneumothorax) which was confirmed by X-rays. In a pneumothorax air enters the space between the lungs and ribcage, leaking either from a tear in the airways or a… [read more]


June 2016 - Mick

01/07/2016 - 15:16

Mick is a “gentle giant”, a 17.2hand thoroughbred gelding who has retired from racing and now leads a gentler life hacking through woods and doing local competitions. It was whilst he was hacking through the woods near his home with his owner one afternoon that Mick suffered a small skin wound on the outside of his fetlock joint, which his owner cleaned and applied first aid. Although seemingly… [read more]


April 2016 - Bubs

29/04/2016 - 14:16

Bubs is a very special 10 year old Staffie and dear friend to his devoted owner. He has had more than his fair-share of bad luck over the past few years. We recently had to repeat surgery on a nasty tumour on his side- a soft-tissue sarcoma. These tumours are often hard to remove completely and while thankfully they don't tend to spread they commonly re-grow. This was the case for Bubs, but no… [read more]

angus 1

February 2016 - Angus

27/04/2016 - 16:08

Angus is a beautiful West Highland White Terrier who presented to us  with lameness last year. The lameness had been ongoing for at least five  weeks and was causing him pain when running and restricting his ability  to get in and out of the car. On examination it was clear that the right hip was causing Angus a lot  of pain so we decided to take a hip x-ray. It is very unusual to have  severe… [read more]


October 2015 - Jubbly

27/04/2016 - 15:57

Jubbly is a very bouncy, loving three year old collie who presented to us back in June in a state of collapse. He was very lethargic and had not eaten for a period of time. His owner had also witnessed him having some kind of seizure at home. Jubbly’s gums were very pale and a blood test confirmed that Jubbly was severely anaemic. Further blood tests revealed that his anaemia was a direct… [read more]


August 2015 - Bertie

27/04/2016 - 15:49

Bertie is a beautiful West Highland White Terrier who presented to us in  Market Vets in July with severe abdominal discomfort. It was quickly  obvious to us that Bertie was uncomfortable because he was not able to  pass any urine. An x-ray revealed that Bertie had bladder stones both in  his bladder and also completely blocking his urethra which is the pipe  which connects the bladder to the… [read more]