Youngsters help Lewes vets celebrate 150 years


Cliffe Veterinary Group opened its doors to the public earlier this month to celebrate 150 years of helping pets in the Lewes area.

In 1865, Grover and Vine Veterinary Surgeons set up businesses at 21 Cliffe High Street, which is now the home of Cliffe Vets.

On Saturday, August 1, they opened their doors to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to not only go behind the scenes of a modern practice, but also learn about the history of the building.

Visitors started their journey in the history room, where they learned all about the building via census records and displays. Then it was through to the kennels, which were populated with soft toy “patients”, each with a different history and aliment. The theatre had been set up for an operation, with a toy dog standing in as the patient.

After the tour, visitors enjoyed fun and games in the car park. The farm vet was on hand, offering visitors the opportunity to take part in a simulated lambing demonstration. Other activities included face painting, raffles and a tombola. All prizes were donated by local businesses, friends of the practice or reps.

Thanks go to the hardworking staff, the supporters and the general public who helped raise more than £1,600 for charities Hounds for Heroes, Cats Protection and the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service.

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