Emergency: 01785 715799

We are proud to be an RCVS accredited small animal hospital at our Penkridge practice, holding four awards as part of the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, and provide a fully equipped branch in Rugeley for your convenience.

  • Enthusiastic, committed team of vets with a passion for providing excellent veterinary care
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Long-standing and loyal clients are testament to our service
  • Dedicated to consistently delivering the highest levels of service and professionalism
  • 24 hour care service with Out of Hours Emergency Care provided by our own vets

We are available for routine and referral small animal procedures and are comprehensively equipped for equine treatment with hospitalisation facilities.

The original ‘TV Vet’

Established in 1942 by the late Eddie Straiton, the veterinary practice has progressed and built on Eddie’s legacy.

The original ‘TV Vet’, Eddie was renowned for his broadcast and writing career; offering advice and educating the public on TV, Radio and via his numerous books.

He also acted as an advisor when the novels of his great friend, J.A.Wight – better known as James Herriot – were brought to life in the much-loved series ‘All Creatures Great & Small’.

Meet The Team

Craig McCreath MRCVS

Director

The longest standing partner, Craig joined the practice in 1979 fresh from Glasgow University and entered the partnership in 1982. A very experienced surgeon with a special interest in orthopaedics, he also continues to enjoy his pet animal clinics, farm and horse rounds. Outside of work, Craig’s hobbies include playing football, drumming and breeding and showing Hereford cattle.

Stephen Woodcock MRCVS

Director

Joining the practice in 1990 was something of a homecoming for Steve originally hailing from Stoke. He had spent 6 years in mixed practice in Lincolnshire. Particularly interested in cattle health and preventative medicine, Steve joined the partnership in 1993. A keen charity runner, Steve has completed the London Marathon five times (so far!) and also enjoys skiing and mountaineering in the Alps.

Mark Mincher-Lockett MRCVS

Director

Having joined the practice straight from Liverpool University in 2001, Mark took a 6 month sabbatical in New Zealand where he worked as a cattle vet. Mark returned to the practice and joined the partnership in 2006, bringing to the table keen interests in orthopaedics and fracture management alongside cattle health and production. Mark, along with his wife Natalie, enjoys horse riding and skiing.

Dave Gowan MRCVS

Director

Dave, originally from Northern Ireland, studied at London University before joining the practice in 2003 and subsequently becoming a director in 2019. Dave is a keen all-rounder enjoying farm, equine and pet animal practice. He has particular interests in small animal and equine medicine. Dave and his wife, Sophy, enjoy travelling, cars, biking, walking and good food and drink.

John Scotton MRCVS

Director

Originally from Brewood, John was a foster student of the practice. Upon graduating from Bristol University in 2002 he joined the Straiton's team formally, and has become a director of the company in 2019. John’s particular interests lie in the fields of pet animal and horse medicine, and in wound repair. John and his wife Jo enjoy horse riding, winter sports, sailing and travelling.

Referrals

E.C Straiton & Partners accept referrals from other veterinary practices for many advanced surgical procedures in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

Why refer to us?

  • Experienced surgical team
  • Value for money whilst maintaining our excellent service.
  • Our leading vets offer friendly and free case advice.
  • Being a RCVS Tier 3 Hospital with 24 hour nursing care, we provide unrivalled levels of care to ensure the best possible outcome to your case.
  • To help your client, where possible, and by prior arrangement we are often able to accept direct claims from insurance companies.

We will maintain contact and case continuity and make every effort to return the case back to the referring practices care as soon as possible after our investigation and treatment.

Please feel free to call us on 01785 712235 to discuss the case and enquire about prices. 
We accept referrals verbally or by our Referral Form.

Customer Reviews

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  • Avatar Charlene Roberts ★★★★★ a month ago
    I have been using E C Straiton for many many years with different pets and have always found them to be very professional caring and compassionate.
    These are currently very testing times in which are living in but the warm caring service I receive from the pleasant receptionists and the vets themselves
    … More has still been to the highest standard. Well done everyone keep up the excellent work
  • Avatar Jacqui Little ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Always very friendly and professional
  • Avatar Charl c ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    The best vets around!
    Vets and nurses are always so friendly and caring. They go above and beyond to make our pets feel at ease and do everything they can. I have taken all my pets and will continue to take all my pets to this practise.
    Only downfall would be the reception staff, sometimes quite rude,
    … More which doesn’t correspond with the rest of the setting. Other than that, a wonderful vets!
    Thank you especially to Craig for wonderful, consistent care ❤️
  • Avatar Jan MacLeod ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    We have used E C Straiton for 36 years. Always polite, and helpful, would definitely recommend. Edit, as things continue to change regarding the virus, our vets go the extra mile to make us safe. Professional as ever.
  • Avatar Jo Wightman ★★★★★ a month ago
    Excellent service as always. Straitons have taken care of my horses dogs and cats for over 30 years and are always caring, knowledgeable and professional in all aspects of their service. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

 

 

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Terms of Business & Fees

E.C. Straiton & Partners aspire to deliver the best quality of care for all animals at a competitive price.

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Family Pet: We politely require all treatments are paid for at the time of the appointment; pets admitted to hospital are expected to have their bills settled upon collection.

Some policies and conditions may be payable directly by insurance but this must be confirmed with the treating vet before the patient is discharged. Read more about pet insurance.

Farm & Equine: Invoices are sent out on a monthly basis and accounts are kept on the understanding of a 30 day payment period. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or card. BACS transfer can be arranged, if you would like to do this please contact the large animal office on 01785 712235 for our bank details.

All new clients will be registered on a pay as you go basis for the first 6 months.

The expense of treatment for equine injuries and illness can easily escalate and we encourage the use of insurance to help cover this cost.

Should you have a query relating to your invoice please contact us at the earliest convenience so that the matter can be resolved.

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