Cats Friendly Vets

From the very start we designed Beacon View to be a Cat Friendly Clinic, to minimise stress and meet the specific needs of our feline friends. Our efforts were awarded the highest gold standard ISFM award.

This is an internationally-recognised accreditation and certifies the practice meets rigorous standards set by the ISFM. We are ecstatic that our dedication to cats has been recognised, and we are the only vets in the Deal and Sandwich area to have been awarded gold cat friendly status.

Cat friendly vet for Deal and Sandwich

At Beacon View we understand that cats have very specific needs. Cats not only have a range of diseases which are completely unique, they also have very different temperaments to their canine cousins and should be handled and treated in a different way.

Taking your cat to the Vet can be stressful for both you and your cat. That’s why at Beacon View we have taken every possible step to minimize stress. We have a cat only waiting area and dedicated consulting room, so there are no doggy smells to be worried about. Our team are Fear Free trained professionals, experts in cat friendly handling and care.

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The cat only consulting room at Beacon View Vets

Our Gold Award Winning Facilities include:

Reception and consulting rooms
  • Spacious off street parking for a stress-free transfer to the reception area
  • A warm welcome at reception in our cat only area, including pheromone diffusers and basket covers to help your cat feel secure
  • Our cat only consulting room features climbing shelves and a cat castle to help our feline guests express their natural behaviour
Cat ward

Feline visitors that need to stay for the day or overnight can enjoy:

  • Extra-large gold standard accommodation
  • Accommodation made from quiet and warm polycarbonate not steel
  • Cat castles for climbing on and snuggling under
  • Our cat ward is located in a quite area of the building
  • If you listen carefully you will hear classical music playing in the background which is show to reduce stress in cats
  • Feliway pheromone diffusers
  • Cat toys and entertainment
  • Garden views from the accommodation
Treatment and diagnostics
  • The latest digital x-ray and ultrasound machines
  • Specialist feline diagnostic equipment
  • In house laboratory and blood analysis machines
  • State of the art surgical suite including anesthetic monitoring equipment and patient temperature control
  • Dental suite including dental x-ray

Not all vets are created equal. Be part of a practice where your pet is treated as a member of the family, and you are considered a partner in your pet’s care.

How we care Book online

Louise Skinner
06 Jun 2020

Unfortunately I have had 2 emergencies within 2 week with 2 of my pets. Claire was immediately on hand for both and did a fantastic job, I'm honesty not sure the first would have survived without her intervention!! Also carried out a spay on my young dog, very neat, efficient and healing incredibly well. I can't recommend or thank Claire and her team enough.

Allison Birkett
23 Oct 2020

Our first visit to Vet Claire was a breeze! Our 9 week old Labrador pup was perfectly happy to go off in Claire’s cuddling arms for a check up. Clean bill of health given and I could even watch her with the IPad! Such an amazing service and we’ll be back next week!

Sian Blacker
30 Apr 2020

I took my dog to see Claire this week and decided to register with Beacon View after being let down by my usual vet practice. I have always wanted a vet who genuinely cares for my beloved fur baby and I have finally found that in Claire! The service was brilliant from start to finish and my dog was very happy too! I would highly recommend this practice!

Ag Ellie
01 Aug 2020

I continue to be incredibly impressed with Claire and her team. We joined the practice back in March and both our feline friends are members of the Beacon View Vet Pet Club. Claire has a magical touch - I don't know how she does it, but both cats turn into cooperative and humble creatures, when they're with her (not always the case at home). Everyone in the practice has been kind, warm and very responsive. Whenever I have a question or a problem, Claire is there to reassure me and offers immediate check ups, so I can put my mind at ease. Lily has been through hell, having recovered in the recent months from being hit by a car last year, so she's very special to us. Only last week we had a scare after I found a strange lump on her chest. Claire made a swift decision to remove it and check it out - luckily it wasn't malignant and we all sighed with relief. Lily is behaving as if she never had the surgery and the post-op wound is healing nicely. I could praise Claire and her team all day, but to summarise - I couldn't wish for better vet care for my two cats. Thank you, Beacon View Vets!

Dale & Jeffrey
14 Jul 2020

Jeffrey went into Beacon View Veterinary practice today for his little boy operation his operation was slightly different as he had a retained right testicle in the abdomen. Lead Vet Claire Smith and the rest of the team have been outstanding providing the best care for my darling boy. During the COVID pandemic they have worked really hard through these unusual and challenging times, I also visit monthly for Jeffrey’s Cytopoint as he has a lot of allergies. I cannot recommend Claire and her team more.