Our practice is the oldest in Kettering and retains all core values of a traditional Veterinary practice.

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Welcome to the Avenue Veterinary Clinic website.

 We are an RCVS Accredited* Small Animal Practice, proudly caring for pets and people in Kettering and the surrounding villages for over 75 years; and increasingly taking Orthopaedic referrals from much further afield.

Our practice is the oldest in Kettering and retains all core values of a traditional Veterinary practice.

 We have a very dedicated and professional team of vets, nurses and receptionists working together to provide the highest standard of treatment and care for you and your pet. We love our work and treat your pets as we would our own, with utmost respect, compassion and care.

 Our modern facilities and medical equipment facilitate a high standard of veterinary care, and our on-site laboratory and digital x-ray equipment enables us to give you results in the quickest possible time. We have access to MRI, in-house Laser Therapy and C-PET Therapy. We offer comfortable separate cat and dog wards and our surgical procedures are carried out in our bright and spacious operating theatre. We have plenty of on-site car parking too!

 We are apart of the Northlands Group which has a 24hr emergency service in Kettering where our friendly, experienced vets and nurses are available to help and advise throughout the night and at weekends.

 We are committed to providing professional and compassionate care.

 Our website gives you all the information you need about our practice, but 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. New registrations are always welcome.

 We look forward to meeting you.

   *The Avenue Veterinary Clinic is an RCVS Accredited Practice under the RCVS Voluntary Practice Standards Scheme, which quality assures practices and their facilities.


Nurse Clinics

Each local Caring Vets Practice is made up of highly trained and highly passionate nurses. We encourage our nurses to further their knowldege in areas that are of interest to them. You can benefit from their training through nurse clinics such as nutrition, behaviour, weight management, flea & worm prevention and even bereavement counselling. Please feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our nursing team.


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.


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:



Laser Surgery

Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects; including improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. It can help with Osteoarthritis, muscle strains, fractures, hip & elbow dysplasia, spinal pain - to name just a few. If you think this could benefit your pet, speak to your Caring Vets practice.



Orthopaedics is a rapidly growing specialism. There are numerous varied options available to suit the needs of you and your pet; from treating the more simple fractures, to the more complex and degenerative diseases. We are able to offer referral within our group to The Avenue Vet Clinic in Kettering; this reduces your travelling time and costs, speeds up referral time, aswell as follow up appointments being able to be carried out at your chosen caring vets practice. Due to shared computer systems, The Avenue will also have direct access to your pets clinical record and any laboratory or radiography already carried out.


MRI Scans

Whilst all Caring Vets Practices have digital x-ray facilities MRI goes one step further in allowing a surgeon to make more informed decisions on the way forward with treatment. As MRI is a specialised service, your vet will advise if your pet would benefit from MRI.



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 http://bit.ly/petplan4weeks 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:

www.petplan.co.uk/dog-insurance.asp for dog insurance.


www.petplan.co.uk/therightcover/cat.asp for cat/kitten insurance.


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



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Posted on 7th Dec 2019

If your rabbit’s looking like it’s piled on a few winter ounces, our vet nurses will be able to check its weight and offer advice on diet

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Festive treats your rabbit will love

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Cracking Christmas gifts for cats in Kettering

Posted on 7th Nov 2019

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Why book a winter health check for your cat?

Posted on 21st Oct 2019

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Your rabbit’s winter health wrapped up at The Avenue

Posted on 14th Oct 2019

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10 truths cat owners will understand

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Advice for lonely rabbits in Kettering

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Vital tips for new kittens in Kettering

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Neutering dogs: what you need to know

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Avenue Veterinary Clinic's tips on kitty fertility

Posted on 7th Aug 2019

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Posted on 21st Jul 2019

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Posted on 14th Jul 2019

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Holiday options for cat owners in Kettering

Posted on 7th Jul 2019

There’re multiple cat care options when you go on holiday. Avenue Veterinary Clinic explains the benefits of hiring a cat sitter.

Doggy dental care explained

Posted on 21st Jun 2019

Brush up on doggie dental care with The Avenue, including what to watch out for.

Cat tooth decay: advice from Avenue Veterinary Clinic

Posted on 14th Jun 2019

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

Keep your small pet’s teeth healthy with these tips

Posted on 7th Jun 2019

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

Helping your rabbit lead a happy life

Posted on 21st May 2019

With it being Rabbit Awareness Week next month (17-25 June) we want to help you enrich your rabbit’s life. Read on for our top tips…

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…).

Try our puppy training tips for a healthy, happy dog

Posted on 7th May 2019

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

Travelling with a pet rabbit

Posted on 21st Apr 2019

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

The safest way to transport your dog

Posted on 14th Apr 2019

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The toughest job for cat owners in Kettering

Posted on 7th Apr 2019

We all know how difficult it is to persuade a cat to get into its carrier. Read our handy guide

Seasonal risks to your rabbit

Posted on 21st Mar 2019

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

Tackling ticks in Kettering

Posted on 14th Mar 2019

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

Bee stings in cats

Posted on 7th Mar 2019

Five easy steps to tackle bee stings in cats. Our head nurse Helen outlines exactly what you need to do.

Protect your cat against fleas in Kettering

Posted on 21st Feb 2019

Seen any strange little bits of dirt around your home? It could be a sign of cat fleas – so find out how to get rid of them.

Are your rabbit’s vaccinations up to date?

Posted on 14th Feb 2019

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

Protect your dog from worms in Kettering

Posted on 7th Feb 2019

Don't let lungworms, roundworms and tapeworms attack your pooch. Ask us for advice on how to prevent them.

The Avenue's advice for keeping your cat entertained

Posted on 21st Jan 2019

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

Dog game ideas from The Avenue

Posted on 14th Jan 2019

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

Care essentials for guinea pigs in Kettering

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.

Northamptonshire cat owners: Is your pet fat or fit?

Posted on 21st Dec 2018

If you’d like your cat to start the new year in great shape, check out our handy advice.

How your dog can help your health

Posted on 14th Dec 2018

If you’d like to get fitter in the new year, we’ve got lots of ideas to involve your dog – starting with creative activities around Northamptonshire.

Does your rabbit need to diet? Ask the The Avenue 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.

The Avenue's top three festive gifts for rabbits

Posted on 21st Nov 2018

Want to treat your bunny this Christmas? We’ve got a few ideas for you.

A happy cat in Kettering means a happier Christmas

Posted on 14th Nov 2018

If you’re a cat owner around or near Kettering, take a look at our handy infographic for essential Christmas advice.

The Avenue's festive food safety for dogs

Posted on 7th Nov 2018

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

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 Helen.

When should you take your rabbit to the vet?

Posted on 14th Oct 2018

Rabbits have lots of needs, some of which require veterinary care. Adrian explains what to watch out for.

The Avenue's three common reasons for dogs’ vet visits

Posted on 7th Oct 2018

Why do we see most dogs at our vet practice, other than for routine check-ups? Find out here.

Neutering your dog - some advice

Posted on 21st Sep 2018

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

Breeding rabbits at home in Northamptonshire

Posted on 14th Sep 2018

As a rabbit owner, what do you need to know about breeding, pregnancy and birth? Check out our guide.

Cats in heat – the facts

Posted on 7th Sep 2018

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

Want to be bosom buddies with your bunny, asks Helen Easty?

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.

Three reasons cats soil indoors, from The Avenue

Posted on 14th Aug 2018

If your cat is urinating around your home, it can be a horrible time for both of you. We can help you understand why it’s happening.

Understanding your feline friend

Posted on 7th Aug 2018

Have you ever been caught out by your cat’s unpredictability? The team at Kettering help you decode some of the most common cat behaviours.

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 Adrian O'Shea has some tips to relieve the condition.

Finding a cat sitter with The Avenue

Posted on 14th Jul 2018

If you’re going away, you want to be sure you’re leaving your cat in the best possible hands. We have some pointers to help you find the right person for your cat’s needs.

Tips for cat travel

Posted on 7th Jul 2018

Getting a cat easily into a carrying case can be hard work, so the team at The Avenue have a sequence you can follow to take the stress out of the situation – for you and your pet.

The Avenue explains why your cat may be eating less

Posted on 21st Jun 2018

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

How to keep your dog cool

Posted on 14th Jun 2018

For the warm weather, our head vet, Adrian O'Shea, has some tips on making sure your dog doesn’t overheat.

Help your rabbit keep its cool

Posted on 7th Jun 2018

Hot weather is dangerous for rabbits, here are Helen Easty's top 10 tips for keeping them cool.

The Avenue 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.

Protect rabbits from parasites at The Avenue

Posted on 14th May 2018

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

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

Posted on 7th May 2018

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

Everything you need to know about cat hay fever in Kettering

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.

Rabbits suffer allergies too, says our head vet

Posted on 14th 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.

Is your dog allergic? The Avenue has the answer

Posted on 7th 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.

Introducing the Golden Oldies Clinics

Posted on 21st Mar 2018

Here to guide you through the signs of ageing

Our indispensable puppy training tips

Posted on 14th 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.

How to introduce a kitten in to the family in Northamptonshire

Posted on 7th 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.

What’s your cat’s tail telling you?

Posted on 21st Feb 2018

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

The Avenue's advice for separation anxiety in dogs

Posted on 14th 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 your rabbit’s behaviour in Northamptonshire tells you

Posted on 7th Feb 2018

Every rabbit has its own personality, and you can learn a lot about how they’re feeling by looking out for some signs we have pinpointed.

Caring for an older rabbit

Posted on 21st Jan 2018

Head vet Adrian has rounded up some suggestions for changing your rabbit’s lifestyle to suit its age.

Adrian’s tips for spotting feline arthritis

Posted on 14th 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.

Three senior dog ailments to watch out for

Posted on 7th Jan 2018

If you’ve got an older dog, it’s important to contact Avenue Veterinary Clinic if you spot any worrying symptoms.

Tell us what you think of Avenue Veterinary Clinic

Posted on 21st Dec 2017

As local vets, the quality of our service really matters to us – so we want to know if there’s anything we could do better.

What’s your cat’s body condition score?

Posted on 14th Dec 2017

If you suspect your cat is one of the fatter feline residents of Kettering, we can help – starting with a nurse led check-up.

Get fit with your dog in Kettering

Posted on 7th Dec 2017

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

Cracking Christmas gifts for cats in Kettering

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 Kettering, make sure these festive treats are hidden safely away...

Festive treats your rabbit will love

Posted on 7th Nov 2017

Want to pop something special under the tree for your rabbit this Christmas? The team at The Avenue has dug out some great suggestions.

Keep your rabbit in top form this winter

Posted on 21st Oct 2017

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

Cats in winter: Vital advice from Avenue Veterinary Clinic

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.

Essential cold-weather care for your dog

Posted on 7th Oct 2017

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

Advice for lonely rabbits in Kettering

Posted on 21st Sep 2017

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 puppy in Kettering ? Social skills matter…

Posted on 14th Sep 2017

Socialising your puppy with other people and animals from an early age is an important part of their development.

New kitten? Don’t miss our essential advice

Posted on 7th Sep 2017

The Avenue Veterinary Clinic team shares our top five tips for new kitten owners, from food to social training.

Avenue Veterinary Clinic's tips on kitty fertility

Posted on 21st Aug 2017

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

Neutering dogs: what you need to know

Posted on 14th Aug 2017

If you’re thinking of having your dog neutered, book a consultation by calling 01536 512200.

About rabbit pregnancy and how to deal with it

Posted on 7th Aug 2017

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 2017

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

Reduce the stress of travel for your dog with our advice

Posted on 14th Jul 2017

Motion sickness is a messy problem, particularly for puppy owners.

How to care for your guinea pig

Posted on 7th Jul 2017

The Avenue has compiled its top five tips for guinea pig owners to understand their rodent better.





    Clinical Director

  • Jan Rufeea

    Jan Rufeea

    Practice Manager

    I have worked at the Avenue for over 16 years. I love to travel and aim to see as many cities of the world as possible. I am a huge animal lover, particularly dogs. My dream is to be able to retire to a sunnier climate and volunteer at a dog re-homing centre.

  • Louise Thompson

    Louise Thompson

    Receptionist / Customer Care Representative

    I joined the team in September 2013 as a part-time receptionist and have now progressed to Customer Care Representative full time, as well as maintaining my role as the afternoon receptionist. I enjoy the variety of tasks I have to undertake as part of this new position. I also have two rabbits- Benji and Ellie- one of which has earned a place on this year’s College of Animal Welfare’s wall planner!

  • Kate Draper

    Kate Draper


    I am the morning receptionist here at the Avenue and it has been my pleasure to have been here for the past eight and a half years. Previously to this I worked in the travel industry, although this wasn’t as rewarding as the job I have today. Over the years I have gotten to know all of our clients and their gorgeous furry family members who are always a pleasure to see. A little bit about me, I am a mum of one son and I also have a furry family of my own consisting of 3 cats, their names are Brandy who is an 11 year old British Blue, Cinders who is a long haired black cat and Kitkat (who I rehomed) is a typical mischevious naughty Tortie and white girlie.