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We provide a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year emergency veterinary service for you and your pet(s), ensuring that whenever your pet is unwell there is always a veterinary surgeon available to you. During the hours that Darwin Veterinary Centre is not open, VetsNow, based in Caterham, is open to all of our clients. VetsNow are the equivalent of A&E for your pet and are open at night, weekends and bank holidays – their vets don’t work during the day and are dedicated to providing care out-of-hours. Below you will find a map and detailed instructions for finding the VetsNow clinic, together with their postal code (for the dedicated SatNav fans).

How do I contact VetsNow?

Using the service is simple. When Darwin Veterinary Centre is closed our answer machine will give you the contact number for the local VetsNow clinic. If you need to use the service, simply call the number and their veterinary team will be there to provide help and advice for your pet, and to see you at the surgery if required.

Can I telephone just for advice?

Of course you can. VetsNow staff will be able to give you advice over the phone, and they will tell you if they think it is safe for your pet to wait until the morning to be seen at Darwin Veterinary Centre, or whether they should be seen straight away. Even if they think your pet would be safe to wait until morning, but you would prefer to see a vet straight away, rest assured, their staff will always be happy to see you.

Can the vet come to my house?

House visits are occasionally necessary, but in nearly all situations the best possible care for your pet is available at the VetsNow clinic. Taking your pet to the clinic will ensure that access to any drugs and equipment necessary to begin treatment is immediately available. The VetsNow staff will be able to advise you on the safe transport of your pet to the clinic. Telephone numbers for local animal-friendly taxis, and an animal ambulance, are also below.

Medication

If you do need to attend the clinic, please take any medication that your pet is taking with you.

Of course, all of the staff at Darwin Veterinary Centre will continue to be here to help you and your pet all of the hours that we have ever been open. Obviously, we hope that your pet will never require emergency treatment, but should this be necessary it is reassuring to know that the dedicated VetsNow veterinary team will be there for you.

Directions

Via Westerham and the A25 (25 mins)

Passing Darwin Veterinary Centre on your left hand side, continue out of Biggin Hill on Main Road towards and down Westerham Hill. Go straight across the roundabout and at the T-junction in Westerham turn right onto the A25. Passing the large Grasshopper pub on your right, continue through two sets of Traffic Lights and straight over the first roundabout. At the next roundabout, turn right onto the A22 for approximately 500 metres, bringing you to the large roundabout under the M25. Go straight across this roundabout, signposted A22 Caterham. Continue along the A22 and take a slight left at the B2030/Godstone Road (just before traffic lights), and continue until you reach a roundabout. Take the first exit and continue up Church Hill. At the mini-roundabout turn left into Chaldon Road, and after approximately 100 metres turn right into Westway. At the roundabout turn right. At the lights outside Tescos, turn left and the VetsNow clinic is in the old barracks 100 metres further on your left.

Via Tatsfield and Woldingham (20 mins)

From outside of Darwin Veterinary Centre turn right on Main Road to the traffic lights. Turn left down Stock Hill, and at the roundabout turn left again along Sunningvale Avenue. At the T-junction turn right and then immediately left into Ricketts Hill Road. At the end of this road turn right onto Clarks Lane. At the mini-roundabout turn right and then immediately left onto The Ridge. Continue along this road for approximately 4.5 miles, passing a golf course, Woldingham shops and down the hill passed Woldingham Station, until coming to a large roundabout. At this roundabout take the third exit, Burntwood Lane. At the traffic lights go straight over, and at the T-junction turn left passing a petrol station on your right. At the mini-roundabout turn right into Chaldon Road, and after approximately 100 metres turn right into Westway. At the roundabout turn right. At the lights outside Tescos, turn left and the VetsNow clinic is in the old barracks 100 metres further on your left.

Anticipated Charges

Standard consultation £48.12* inc VAT
Out of hours fee before 11p.m. £112.60* inc VAT
Out of hours fee after 11p.m. £152.27* inc VAT
* Current in April '16

Animal Friendly Taxis

Discovery Cars: 01959 570505 Streakey Cars (Jeff): 07765 073805
Main Cars: 01959 576576 Arvee Cars: 01959 562091

Animal Ambulances & Taxi Services

Name Contact No. Further Information
Animals at Home Sevenoaks (Tony Ellison) 07926 100349 Fully equipped and licensed animal ambulance & taxi service.
Animals at Home Croydon 07914 674944 Fully equipped and licensed animal ambulance & taxi service.
Woods Pet Transport 07917 848095 DEFRA authorised vehicles. Based in Surrey
Pets Life Pet Services 07930 254415 Run many animal related services. Based in Carshalton
Bushy's Tails PetCare 07821 436350 Biggin Hill based company, boarding and vet visits part of services available.
K9 Pride & Groom 07946072458 Based in SE London.