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Rockingham Road Vets has been serving the local community and their pets for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, personal service – ensuring treatments are tailored to you and your pet – after all, each pet is unique!

We are a full service veterinary practice, and have digital x-ray and laboratory facilities on site. This enables us to provide you with results quickly. Due to being part of the Caring Vets Group means we have access to local referral and specialist services – including Orthopaedics, Laser Therapy and much more. For you and your pet, this means less travelling time and lower costs, with the specialist service having direct access to your pet’s records.

Rockingham Road has recently undergone a refurbishment. We now provide a separated dog and cat waiting area. Having these separate areas has dramatically reduced the stress levels for our feline patients and their owners; allowing a calmer waiting environment. We also use Adaptil and Feliway in our waiting rooms. Within these areas you will find a selection of food, toys and other goods that we feel are ideal for your furry friends.

Please feel free to pop in and meet us, we will happily give you a tour of the practice, and introduce you to the team.

We look forward to meeting you.


Puppy Classes

We run Puppy Socialisation Classes in our sister practices, based either in Corby, Kettering or at our Animal Medical Centre in Northampton. These classes are run by our qualified nurses, who have a vast range of knowledge, experience and qualifications to help you give your puppy the best start in life. The Puppy Socialisation Classes are available discounted to those who take out 3 sessions as a group. Please contact your practice for more details and to check availability.


A Dignified End

Euthanasia, or ‘good death,’ is a dignified end to your pet’s life and a service that we offer; and do so in an empathetic way. It is a very difficult decision to make, but here at Caring Vets we can help you make such a decision if the situation arises.

Remember though, it is always best to consider it sooner rather than later when faced with a terminal condition or something that cannot be managed appropriately. We always advise you to put yourself in your pet’s position, ask yourself what you would wish if you were them at that point in time. Does your pet have a good quality of life? Will they recover easily? What are the complications long term?

We will never rush you with this decision, and will spend time guiding you through the process and discuss all the pros and cons. All of our staff have experienced the same with their own pets and can totally relate to you when the time comes.

The service we offer at Caring Vets range from the basic euthanasia with your pet going for a communal cremation, to you taking your pet home with you, to individual cremations meaning you can get their ashes returned to you. We can even attend you at your own home if this is a more appropriate environment for you/your pet.

Wherever it is done we always encourage you to bring a few friends and/or family members for support. Failing that our clinical team will be here for you.

Everything is explained prior to euthanasia and the specific method we would use for your pet. The majority of the time it is a simple injection into their vein, where they only feel a little scratch then drift off to sleep. Other methods may be needed if access to their veins are not possible, or depending on the species of your pet. In every situation there is no pain/suffering involved.

You have the choice to be present or indeed step outside while it is done, whatever makes you more comfortable.

After your pet has passed away you are welcome to spend time with them saying your final goodbyes.

Remember, staff at Caring Vets will always be there to support you, even if you need to chat days-weeks after the euthanasia. Alternatively, you may need more support and as such we would recommend speaking to someone at The Blue Cross.

If circumstances dictate your pet needs to be seen out of hours please click here which will take you to our dedicated out of hours service.


Out of Hours

Many Caring Vets Practices subscribe to a specialist emergency out of hours care provider. Please check with your local Practice to understand what you will need to do in the case of an emergency when the Practice is closed for the evening or weekend.

For additional information on the out of hours service provided please click the link below:



We appreciate that it can be difficult at times to cover the cost of emergency veterinary treatment. For cases where such assistance is needed we can offer flexible payment plans that help take care of unexpected veterinary bills.

There is strict eligibility criteria for this service. Please always speak to any member of staff before you commence treatment if you are going to need help financially. We will always provide an estimate for any treatment if you request it.


Health Care Reminders

In order to keep your pet in the best health it is important to keep on top of their preventative healthcare.

We offer a reminder service to enable you to do this. We can send a reminder by text or email, we simply require you to provide us with up to date contact details.

Doing this also ensures you will be first to know about any any discounts and offers on the treatments required. 



Pet Insurance

There is an old adage that “you never miss insurance until you need it,” and this is especially appropriate with your pets.

We have the NHS and do not appreciate the costs involved in our medical care. We attend the Drs, or the Hospital, have investigations, get treatments and then head home. The most you spend may be just the prescription fee.


Unfortunately, there is no animal NHS, and all Veterinary medicine is private; meaning you must pay at the time of consultation/treatment. We, as a practice, do not just see your pet as a £ sign, that’s not how it works. However, medical care costs a lot of money.

In our profession the RCVS ensures that we must provide appropriate emergency care to any animal to help ease suffering. This may even mean euthanasia if things cannot be afforded.


If you have insurance for your pet, you have many more options in how you can treat your animal. Some surgeries and investigations can cost thousands of pounds, and without insurance you may not have the choice to go ahead with them. For regular monthly payments you have that peace of mind that there is support there for you.


So, with this in mind you may be wondering who to choose? After all there are a lot of companies to choose from. We always recommend using Pet Plan. They focus 100% on pet insurance and provide the widest range of cover. This of course depends on the type of policy you take out.


All staff at Northlands has undergone Pet Plan training and can advise you further, tailoring your cover to suit your own situation. We even offer 4 weeks free insurance as part of our Perfect First Steps package when you acquire a new pet.


Feel free to ask us about any aspect of Pet insurance to find out more.



To see guidance of policies available please click these links: for dog insurance. for cat/kitten insurance.


Please note these are for guidance only and you will need to contact Petplan to discuss your requirements in full.



Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery knows what rabbits want for Christmas

Posted on 14th Nov 2019

Everyone gets treats at Christmas, so don’t leave your pets out. Contact us to find out how to make Christmas extra delicious for rabbits.

Our festive gift ideas for happy cats

Posted on 7th Nov 2019

With Christmas on the way, check out our list of festive feline gift ideas from Denise and our other vet nurses.

Why book a winter health check for your cat?

Posted on 21st Oct 2019

At Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery, we recommend a seasonal appointment to make sure your feline is fit for winter. Here’s why…

Essential cold-weather care for your dog

Posted on 14th Oct 2019

Dogs might seem warm in their furry coats, but our vet Paul advises these vital precautions to maintain good health.

10 truths cat owners will understand

Posted on 7th Oct 2019

Even if your cat seems on its finest form – as our honest cat ownership summary shows – a check-up in Corby won’t go amiss.

How to prevent chewing in dogs

Posted on 21st Sep 2019

Learn from the veterinary team at Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery why dogs chew and how to prevent this destructive habit

Advice for lonely rabbits in Corby

Posted on 14th Sep 2019

It’s not just humans who get lonely. If you have a single rabbit, it could be craving company, so here are some tips to spot a lonely bunny.

New kitten? Don’t miss our essential advice

Posted on 7th Sep 2019

The Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery team shares our top five tips for new kitten owners, from food to social training.

Dog neutering advice from Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery

Posted on 21st Aug 2019

Your dog may experience benefits in terms of both health and behaviour after neutering.

Rockingham Road Vet's tips on kitty fertility

Posted on 14th Aug 2019

Has your kitty been behaving oddly? She could be in heat. Find out the typical signs to look for.

About rabbit pregnancy and how to deal with it

Posted on 7th Aug 2019

If you want to avoid increasing the bunny population of Northamptonshire, it’s probably best to get your rabbit neutered.

Going on holiday? Consider a cat sitter

Posted on 21st Jul 2019

Home boarding or stay-at-home cat care is increasingly popular – so it’s vital to choose the right arrangement.

5 tips every Northamptonshire guinea pig owner should know

Posted on 14th Jul 2019

A happy guinea pig is a joy forever. Discover what makes those cute little rodents tick.

Here’s how to treat dog motion sickness

Posted on 7th Jul 2019

Dog travel sickness is a real issue for many pet owners, but it can be treated in various ways.

Keep your small pet’s teeth healthy with these tips

Posted on 21st Jun 2019

Is your Northamptonshire rabbit or guinea pig showing signs of lethargy? The cause could be underlying dental problems.

Doggy dental care explained

Posted on 14th Jun 2019

Brush up on doggie dental care with Rockingham Road Vets, including what to watch out for.

Cat tooth decay: advice from Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery

Posted on 7th Jun 2019

Cats are renowned for hiding poor health. Here’s how to tell if your pet has an underlying dental problem.

Try our puppy training tips for a healthy, happy dog

Posted on 21st May 2019

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and early puppy training is a vital part of its healthy development.

Services our vet nurses can provide for your cat

Posted on 14th May 2019

Here are the top five services that our vet nurses can provide for your cat (among many others…).

Are you giving your rabbit everything it needs?

Posted on 7th May 2019

As Rabbit Awareness Week is coming up in June, see what you need to be doing to keep your rabbit healthy and happy…

Overcoming your cat’s resistance to its carrier

Posted on 21st Apr 2019

Some pets just won’t tolerate being put into a carrier. Read Rockingham Road Vets' tips to handle a stubborn kitty

The safest way to transport your dog

Posted on 14th Apr 2019

What are the pros and cons of crates vs seatbelts for dogs? Plus, find out more about pet passports with Rockingham Road Vets.

Travelling with a pet rabbit

Posted on 7th Apr 2019

Follow our step-by-step guide to travelling with your rabbit. Or ask our vet nurses at Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery to show you the best way

Treating bee stings in Corby

Posted on 21st Mar 2019

If a bee or wasp stings your cat, it’s crucial to act fast to avoid a bad reaction.

Seasonal risks to your rabbit

Posted on 14th Mar 2019

Protect your bunny against outdoor threats. Talk to our head nurse Denise for expert help

Tackling ticks in Corby

Posted on 7th Mar 2019

Ticks are unpleasant and potentially dangerous. Find out how to remove them from your pet and avoid long-term harm.

Why flea treatment for your cat is so important

Posted on 21st Feb 2019

Fleas don’t just harm your pet – they can infest your home, too. Get advice from the team at Rockingham Road Vets

Protect your dog from worms in Corby

Posted on 14th Feb 2019

Lungworms, roundworms and tapeworms are just as horrible as they sound, so ask our advice about defending your dog.

Are your rabbit’s vaccinations up to date?

Posted on 7th Feb 2019

Make sure your pet is protected against deadly diseases in time for the spring with up-to-date vaccinations.

Dog game ideas from Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 21st Jan 2019

Looking for ways to perk up your pooch? Read our advice for combating boredom.

Rockingham Road Vets' advice for keeping your cat entertained

Posted on 14th Jan 2019

Your cat needs stimulating activities and inspiring surroundings. Find out how to provide them.

Care essentials for guinea pigs in Corby

Posted on 7th Jan 2019

Looking for guinea pig care tips? It’s simpler than you think. Read our care advice for a happy, healthy pet.

Get your cat into great shape

Posted on 21st Dec 2018

Cat owners of Northamptonshire – is your pet fat or fit? We’ve put together a quick guide to improving their habits (and yours)…

Get fit with creative dog walks around Northamptonshire

Posted on 14th Dec 2018

Did you know your dog can help your health? Starting with varied walks and moving up to more ambitious activities, you could be fitter in no time.

Does your rabbit need to diet? Ask the Rockingham Road Vets team

Posted on 7th Dec 2018

An overweight rabbit is a serious matter. Not only will their quality of life suffer, but their health could, too – so make sure you tackle the problem without delay.

Treat your small pet this Christmas

Posted on 21st Nov 2018

Here at Rockingham Road Vets, we’ve put together a few festive gift ideas that we think your rabbit (or another small pet) will love.

Rockingham Road Vets' festive food safety for dogs

Posted on 14th Nov 2018

Festive food in the house? Be careful what you give to your dog, as some things are poisonous for pets...

A better Christmas for cats around Corby

Posted on 7th Nov 2018

Check out our infographic about cats at Christmas, which features useful advice to help keep your pet happy and safe.

Make it easier to visit the vet with your cat

Posted on 21st Oct 2018

Worried about bringing your cat for their next vet appointment? Take a look at these tips from our vet nurse Denise.

Guinea pig check-ups in Corby – what to expect

Posted on 14th Oct 2018

If you bring your guinea pig to us for a routine appointment, here’s what we’ll do.

Paul’s guide to rabbit care

Posted on 7th Oct 2018

When should you take your rabbit to the vet? Read our guide to common concerns and things to watch out for.

Expectant rabbits? Here’s what to expect

Posted on 21st Sep 2018

If you’re planning on adding to the rabbit population of Northamptonshire, here’s some information you might find useful…

Cats in heat – the facts

Posted on 14th Sep 2018

If you live in or around Corby and have a cat in heat, remember you can ask us for advice.

Neutering your dog - some advice

Posted on 7th Sep 2018

Our vet Paul has put together a quick summary of the main points to consider, if you’re thinking of castrating or spaying your dog.

Want to be bosom buddies with your bunny, asks Denise Porter?

Posted on 21st Aug 2018

Building a good relationship with your rabbit will be rewarding for both of you, so check out our guide to rabbit etiquette.

Is your dog happy?

Posted on 14th Aug 2018

It’s not all about the jumping and tail wagging. Our head vet Paul Houghton offers 10 top tips to help you tell if your dog is happy.

Is your cat in Northamptonshire kneady or needy?

Posted on 7th Aug 2018

Cats are complex creatures and communicate in many ways, but it’s not always easy to understand what they are trying to say. Here are a few tips to help you decode their behaviour.

Helping your dog cope with motion sickness

Posted on 21st Jul 2018

If your dog gets motion sick it can make car travel a stressful thing rather than a pleasant trip out. Our head vet Paul Houghton has some tips to relieve the condition.

Holiday care for your cat

Posted on 14th Jul 2018

Leaving your pet while you’re on holiday is hard, but there are plenty of reputable carers who can make the separation more bearable for both you and your cat. We have some advice.

Celebrate guinea pigs with Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 7th Jul 2018

It’s Guinea Pig Appreciation Day on 16 July, so we’ve got some tips on how to show your pets just how much you care about them every day of the year.

How to keep your dog cool

Posted on 21st Jun 2018

For the warm weather, our head vet, Paul Houghton, has some tips on making sure your dog doesn’t overheat.

Rockingham Road Vets explains why your cat may be eating less

Posted on 14th Jun 2018

If your cat’s appetite has decreased, it could be the time of year. We explain why that may happen.

Cool rabbit advice from Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 7th Jun 2018

Rabbits are prone to overheating, here we arm you with everything you need to prevent that happening.

Rockingham Road Vets explains Lyme disease in dogs

Posted on 21st May 2018

Ticks are the bearer of this unpleasant disease, but we’ve got hints on how to avoid them and symptoms to watch out for.

It’s the time of year when cat fleas strike in Northamptonshire

Posted on 14th May 2018

These pesky parasites can make for a very grump cat – but they’re totally preventable with a range of treatments.

Protect rabbits from parasites at Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 7th May 2018

Rabbits are prone to several parasitic infections, but most are easy to deal with using straightforward spot-on treatments.

Everything you need to know about cat hay fever in Corby

Posted on 21st Apr 2018

Hay fever in cats is not to be sneezed at. It can make them feel as miserable as it does humans – but the good news is that it’s highly treatable.

Is your dog allergic? Rockingham Road Vets has the answer

Posted on 14th Apr 2018

Spring brings with it many allergies – and not just for humans. Dogs can suffer just as badly so here are some signs to look out for.

Rabbits suffer allergies too, says our head vet

Posted on 7th Apr 2018

If your rabbit has red, watery eyes, it could well be suffering from an allergy. We list some common irritants and offer some advice on preventing allergies.

How to train your rabbit with Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 21st Mar 2018

Smart creatures that they are, rabbits are quite easy to train. We have some suggestions on how to start teaching them tricks.

How to introduce a kitten in to the family in Northamptonshire

Posted on 14th Mar 2018

Everyone loves kittens, but they need a bit of time to settle into a new home. Here’s some helpful guidance to make that happen.

Our indispensable puppy training tips

Posted on 7th Mar 2018

To give your puppy the best start in life, good training and socialising are essential. We’ve got five tips to start them off.

Rockingham Road Vets' advice for separation anxiety in dogs

Posted on 21st Feb 2018

It’s very upsetting to see your dog in distress when left alone – and it can also result in damage to your property. Check out our tips to help.

What’s your cat’s tail telling you?

Posted on 14th Feb 2018

Check out this guide from our nurse Denise, which explores different cat tail movements and what they mean.

Learning from your rabbit’s behaviour

Posted on 7th Feb 2018

The team at Rockingham Road Vets give the facts behind some common rabbit behaviours to help you understand more about your pet.

Paul’s tips for spotting feline arthritis

Posted on 21st Jan 2018

As cats age, they become more likely to develop arthritis, which can be very painful. Find out how you can make it easier for them.

Rockingham Road Vets' advice for owners of older dogs

Posted on 14th Jan 2018

As dogs age, they become more susceptible to certain ailments. Here’s what to watch out for – and what to do about it.

Health tips for senior rabbits in Northamptonshire

Posted on 7th Jan 2018

As your rabbit gets older it may need a few lifestyle changes to keep it in good condition. Maybe it’s time for a senior check-up?

How are we doing? We want your views

Posted on 21st Dec 2017

We always aim to provide the best vet service in Corby, so please complete our survey to tell us what you think.

Get fit with your dog in Corby

Posted on 14th Dec 2017

Exercising with your dog is a great way to burn calories and have fun together – so check out our five best ideas.

Find out if your cat is fat or fit with Rockingham Road Vets

Posted on 7th Dec 2017

Our vet nurses offer body condition checks to confirm whether your cat is overweight or underweight – plus advice for improvements.

Cracking Christmas gifts for cats in Corby

Posted on 21st Nov 2017

We’ve put together a little list of ideas to help you with festive shopping for your feline.

Five Christmas treats your dog must NOT eat

Posted on 14th Nov 2017

If you’re celebrating in Corby, make sure these festive treats are hidden safely away...

Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery knows what rabbits want for Christmas

Posted on 7th Nov 2017

Everyone gets treats at Christmas, so don’t leave your pets out. Contact us to find out how to make Christmas extra delicious for rabbits.

Dog care during winter in Corby

Posted on 21st Oct 2017

Check out our advice for keeping your dog healthy in the colder months. Plus, have you booked a winter health appointment?

Cats in winter: Vital advice from Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery

Posted on 14th Oct 2017

As the colder months approach, we look at why it’s wise to consider a seasonal health check for your cat.

Keep your rabbit in top form this winter

Posted on 7th Oct 2017

A winter health check for your rabbit with Paul will give you peace of mind for the coming cold month.

Vital tips for new kittens in Corby

Posted on 21st Sep 2017

Check out these five bits of advice that every new cat owner should know.

How to turn your puppy into a happy, friendly dog

Posted on 14th Sep 2017

Here’s advice from vet Paul and the rest of our team about giving your pup the best start in life

How to spot a lonely rabbit

Posted on 7th Sep 2017

If your rabbit seems lonely, the team at Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery has some helpful advice about companionship.

Dog neutering advice from Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery

Posted on 21st Aug 2017

Your dog may experience benefits in terms of both health and behaviour after neutering.

Rabbit neutering in Corby

Posted on 14th Aug 2017

Rabbits breed like… well, like rabbits – so if you don’t want to be overrun with little hoppers, it’s time to think about spaying your rabbit.

How to tell if your cat is in heat

Posted on 7th Aug 2017

Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery details the most obvious signs your cat is in heat. Plus, the benefits of neutering.

Going on holiday? Consider a cat sitter

Posted on 21st Jul 2017

Home boarding or stay-at-home cat care is increasingly popular – so it’s vital to choose the right arrangement.

Here’s how to treat dog motion sickness

Posted on 14th Jul 2017

Dog travel sickness is a real issue for many pet owners, but it can be treated in various ways.

5 tips every Northamptonshire guinea pig owner should know

Posted on 7th Jul 2017

A happy guinea pig is a joy forever. Discover what makes those cute little rodents tick.



  • Mr Paul Houghton B.VetMed MRCVS

    Mr Paul Houghton B.VetMed MRCVS

    Veterinary Surgeon

    Veterinary surgeon for 39 years, owned and ran practices in Uppingham, Kettering and Corby.

  • Miss Denise Porter

    Miss Denise Porter

    Theatre Nurse

    I have been working for Mr Houghton for over 12 years, in that time completed a course in Anaesthesiology. My hobbies are horses, helping at my friends farm and going on holiday.

  • Miss Nicola Miller

    Miss Nicola Miller

    Trainee Veterinary Care Assistant

    I started working at Rockingham Road Vets in January 2017. I previously worked at a boarding kennels for 3 years after I had studied Animal Welfare and Management at Moulton College. I have 1 dogs, and 2 rabbits. In my spare time I enjoy going on holidays, going to dog shows and taking my dogs on long walks. I am currently studying for my VCA qualification.

  • Aisleen Gribben

    Aisleen Gribben