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Community Nurse Visits

Holly House Vets are pleased to announce a new community nursing service for North Leeds headed up by Registered Veterinary Nurse Amanda.

Amanda can provide nursing consultation within the comfort of your own home, easing pet stress and owner worries if your family member doesn’t travel well.

Amanda qualified as a nurse in May 2007 and has been with Holly House just over 15 years. Amanda has a varied career and has experience as a surgical nurse but most recently has been their practice nurse. Some clients may recognise Amanda from the many nurse clinics. She has recently become the community nurse for Holly House and goes out and about in the Holly House van within a 10 mile radius of the Moor Allerton Clinic.

  • Consultations covered within the Community Nursing Service:
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood sampling
  • K-Laser therapy
  • Bandage changes
  • De-Matts
  • Dental Checks
  • Assisting with medication administration
  • Anal gland expressions
  • Flea and worm treatment consults
  • Delivery of food and medication
  • Drop off and collection of patients to and from the surgery

The community nurse visit is priced at £30.00 for Amanda’s visit and treatment will be charged additionally.

Estimates are available on request. Many of our clients are part of our Pet Health Club and they will benefit from receiving this service at half the price. The pet health club includes preventative healthcare for your pet plus other benefits and is accessed using a convenient direct debit. See www.hollyhousevets.co.uk for details.

Owner Lectures and Training

At Holly House we are passionate about teaching and passing on our knowledge to our clients in our training and lecture days or evenings. 

Training and lectures we offer:

  • First Aid Training (Animals) – Theory and Practical. 
  • Behaviour problems – Hosted by our Behaviourist Hazel Shimmin 
  • Fireworks – Supporting worried pets
  • Tortoise Hibernation Lecture – Hosted by our exotic referral Veterinary Surgeon Sarah Brown

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for updates on our events. If you haven’t already, you can check with reception to make sure your account is ticked for marketing so we are able to send you information via email, post or text.

K-laser Treatment

What is a K-laser?

K-laser Class IV therapeutic lasers deliver specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a photochemical reaction and therapeutic effect. Physiological effects include increased circulation, reduced inflammation, pain reduction and enhanced tissue healing.

During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.

During K-laser Therapy, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level increasing metabolic activity within the cell. By improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane, the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) is stimulated. The cascade of beneficial effects that follows includes increased cellular function and tissue repair.

Specific conditions that could benefit from K-laser therapy:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Following orthopaedic surgery
  • Gingivitis
  • Wounds
  • Acute and chronic skin conditions
  • Abscesses
  • Burns
  • Aural haematoma
  • Asthma
  • Following surgery to speed up healing of incision

Osteoarthritis – the K-laser can be used as an alternative to or in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications. It often allows animals already on anti-inflammatory medications to benefit from a dose reduction, meaning a reduced risk of unwanted side-effects.

Following orthopaedic surgery – the K-laser can be used to speed up the healing following an orthopaedic surgery resulting in a more rapid recovery time

Following surgery – the K-laser can speed up the healing of the surgical incision following an operation. This results in less time wearing the buster collar and a quicker return to full fitness.

The K-laser Treatments

The K-laser treatment is carried out by one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses after being recommended by a vet. Depending on the exact treatment that has been prescribed, each treatment takes between four to eight minutes. It is recommended that you stay with your pet during the treatment. The treatment is not painful, most pets actually enjoy it!

The number of treatments required will depend on the reason for the K-laser being prescribed. For arthritis and gingivitis we usually recommend two treatments a week for three weeks. For acute injuries or wounds we normally recommend using the K-laser on alternate days until the problem has resolved.

Client Testimonials

“The day after the operation Dilan had the first of six laser treatments. He was putting weight on his leg within two days! Dilan coped excellently with these. In summary the recovery process is going very well and the scar is healing brilliantly. We could not wish for any more."

- Dilan's owner

“Although my cat Jackson is only 1 year old, he was a rescue born to feral cats and unfortunately carries calicivirus. This has resulted in him having smelly breath and gingivitis, which would only become worse over time and may result in him losing teeth.

It was suggested that a course of K-Laser treatment might be beneficial. Six treatments were given over a 3-week period, each taking four minutes. The nurse who administered the treatments was wonderful, very gentle and caring and Jackson tolerated them well.

But the best part is, after two treatments his breath was already much less pungent, after four it was hardly noticeable and on completion it was gone completely. His gums are now a healthy pink with no inflammation.

I would highly recommend the K Laser and would not hesitate to repeat the treatment if necessary for Jackson."

- Jackson's owner

Further information about the K laser can be found at the following website.

Alternatively, your vet would be happy to discuss this treatment with you further.


Agata Witkowska BVM BVS MRCVS
Senior Veterinary Surgeon
Head laparoscopist and Exotic clinician

Agata joined the Holly House team in September 2019 after spending several years working in first and second opinion exotic practices around South Yorkshire and Kent. She qualified from the Nottingham University in 2015 and has strong interests in exotic species, surgery, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine and canine behaviour. Agata has a passion for providing a high standard of care to all patients, scaly, furry or feathered and ensuring that all animals' welfare is looked after regardless of how big or small they might be. 

Agata has always been keen on sharing research on exotic species and is a published author of research papers, numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at national conferences such as the London Vet Show. She is currently studying towards the Certificate of Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine and plans on pursuing further studies in surgery and diagnostic imaging following this. In 2020 Agata opened the Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery department at our Street Lane hospital and is the head laparoscopic surgeon at Holly House. 

Outside of work Agata enjoys creative writing, bouldering and skydiving. She practices flow yoga, frequently hikes with her rescue dog Lazaro, who she is also consistently training. Her pet zoo of rescue animals consists of one handsome dog, four guinea pigs, two rabbits (one of which is 13 years old!) and two Russian tortoises. Agata is also a keen linguist speaking 3 languages and is currently studying Chinese Mandarin as well.

Services offered include:

  • Routine neutering of prepubertal dogs and cats, including ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy
  • Cryptorchid dog neutering
  • Prophylactic gastropexies in giant breeds
  • Laparoscopic biopsies
  • Rigid endoscopy in exotic species, including prefemoral fossa salpingectomy in Chelonia

Second opinion exotic consultations and advice:

  • Routine health consultations
  • Hibernation advice and pre hibernation examinations
  • Imaging and diagnostic investigations
  • Surgical procedures including abdominal orchidectomy and flank ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy in rodents and coeliotomy in reptiles, including plastrotomy in Chelonia
  • Oesophagostomy tube placement
  • Hospitalisation for medical stabilisation
  • Dental treatment
  • Emergency treatment
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