Thank you for entrusting the care and attention of your pet to Hilltop Veterinary Centre. This document details our Practice Terms and Conditions. Should you require any clarification of any aspect of the terms then please ask a member of our team.


All fees, diets and drug charges are available on request and are subject to VAT at the current rate. Fee levels are determined by the level of expertise and time spent on a case and according to drugs, consumables and materials used. A member of staff will be happy to discuss any queries you may have. You will be presented an itemised fee invoice for every consultation, surgical procedure or transaction with us at the time of payment.

The care given to your pet may involve undertaking some specific investigations, for example taking radiographs. The ownership of the resulting radiographs and all other records will remain at all times with the practice as part of your complete and comprehensive records. Charges made for x-rays include the interpretation of them. If required, we can arrange to have copies of x-rays made but this would be at your expense.

Radiographs and copies of all laboratory results will be passed on, by request, to another Veterinary Surgeon should the need arise. You may view your pet’s clinical notes on request. Please note it is your responsibility to provide us with accurate contact details.  Please see our privacy notice for details of how we use your information.

Payment is due at the time of treatment or discharge unless alternative arrangements have been agreed in advance; should an account not be settled a reminder will be sent. Should it be necessary for further reminders to be sent, administration charges may be incurred.

After due notice unpaid accounts will be referred to our debt collection agency and further charges, such as for the production of reports, correspondence, court fees, attendance at court and phone calls will be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the debt. Any cheque or credit/debit card transaction not honoured or any cash tendered that is found to be counterfeit will result in the account being restored to the original sum with further charges added to cover bank charges and administrative costs together with interest on the principal sum.

If for any reason you are unable to settle your account as specified, we ask you to discuss the matter with a member of staff as soon as possible and before treatment takes place. Please note that instalments or part payment of any account may only be sanctioned with the express permission of a senior member of staff and must be agreed before treatment takes place. Emergency first aid treatment to alleviate suffering will always be given irrespective of ability to pay.


Accounts are due for settlement at the end of the consultation, the discharge of your pet or upon collection of drugs and/or diets.  You may settle your accounts using cash or credit/debit cards. We may at our own discretion, and subject to conditions, accept a request to reclaim fees directly from your pet insurance provider. In the event that any or part of your application is rejected, the full balance is payable immediately by yourself.


We will provide you a written estimate as to the probable cost of a course of treatment or surgical procedure. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate and additional costs which cannot be predicted at the outset may occur as treatment progresses. We will make every effort to discuss any such additional costs whenever possible.


Hilltop Vets strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected illness and accidents.

It is your responsibility to determine your level of cover and to then reclaim any fees you have paid the practice.  It is also your responsibility to pay any excess that may be set according to your policy and to have knowledge of any condition exclusions.  In certain instances when clients do not have the funds to make payment in full, arrangements can be made for your insurer to make their payment directly to us but this only applies to particular insurance companies and even then when sums involved are high enough. In the event that a direct claim is submitted, any balance remaining 45 days after submission of the claim shall be paid by you within 14 days.    


We hope to ensure you never have reason to complain about the standards of service received from us.  However, if you feel that there is something you wish to raise, please direct your comments, preferably in writing, to the Practice Manager. A reply in writing will follow, usually within 14 days although the period may be longer if the Manager or staff involved are temporarily unavailable or delayed.


Telephone calls and emails to and from the practice may be recorded or monitored. By using such communication methods you are consenting to the recording or monitoring of the same.


Prescriptions are available from this practice. The current charge for a written prescription is displayed in our reception areas or you may ask a member of staff for this information. You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V, (POM Vs) from your veterinary surgeon or ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgeon or a pharmacy. Your veterinary surgeon may prescribe POM Vs only for animals under his or her care.

A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary. You will be informed, on request, of the price of any medicine that may be prescribed for your animal. The policy of this practice is to re-assess an animal requiring repeat prescriptions regularly at intervals of three to six months, but this may vary with individual pets, drugs prescribed and specific circumstances. The charge for this re-examination is our standard ongoing consultation. Flea and worm treatments can however be dispensed without additional examination as part of a health plan agreed at the annual health assessment. Clients are requested to give 48 hours advance notice for repeat prescriptions (longer if the drug needs to be ordered in).

In accordance with the Medicines Act we will always use a veterinary licensed product if possible. Should this not be the case we will then use veterinary products licensed for use in other species and failing that a human medical product. Any use of off-licence medication will be based upon our knowledge of its use in animals and an assessment made of the risks and benefits involved. This is particularly common in species other than dogs and cats for which few licensed products are available. Please speak to a veterinary surgeon if you have any concerns about this issue.

We will supply a written prescription as an alternative to the Hilltop Vets dispensing drugs.


Hilltop Vets provides 24 hour emergency cover at our out-of-hours provider, Medivet, in Woodstock. Medivet is a separate veterinary practice and is not linked to Hilltop Vets in any way. Accessing treatment at Medivet will be subject to their own terms and conditions.



Hilltop Vets will contact you either by letter, email, phone or SMS in order to advise you of your pet’s upcoming healthcare treatments including annual vaccinations.
Whilst we make every effort to send out reminders for your pet’s healthcare, these are provided as a complimentary service and the responsibility to keep them up to date remains with you.

In particular, please be aware that rabies vaccination boosters need administering at very specific times so please keep a personal record of when this is due. Hilltop Vets accepts no liability for any loss, damages or costs which may result from the failure of a client receiving any reminder.