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’.

The original ‘TV Vet’ Eddie Straiton

Meet The Team

Craig McCreath MRCVS


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


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


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


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 small 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 with their 2 children.

John Scotton MRCVS


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.


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

Amazing as per usual, wouldn't take my dogs gruffalo and grinch anywhere else x

Joe Wilson
June 24, 2023

They are all so nice at this vets. Even when just taking my cat or dog for boosters they always give them a check over and talk nicely to the... read more

Clare Hurd
July 10, 2023

my mini dachshund broke her leg ,everything that was happening whilst she was there was explained to me ,when i rang them in a panic they were lovely to me... read more

June 24, 2023

Brilliant vets.

John Brealey
June 24, 2023

Fantastic vets! We only joined last year and in that time we have had one of our dogs in for a serious operation for a heart problem and also sadly... read more

Jessica Bennett
May 24, 2023

Brilliant vets helped me for many years and still doing it

John Manning
June 24, 2023



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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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Company Number: 07097933

Registered Address: Spitfire House, Aviator Court, York, England, YO30 4UZ