Alistair Poole Veterinary Surgery, Harpenden


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Alistair and Sue set the practice up together over thirty years ago and the principles they held then remain the foundation to everything undertaken today. The practice ethos, premised on Alistair's values and the dedicated level of care he provided continue to be core. Sadly, Alistair died unexpectedly in 2019 leaving Sue (his widow) and the amazing team continuing his legacy.

We are a friendly veterinary practice, based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, near the boundry with Bedfordshire. Our aim is to help you keep your pet happy and healthy by providing the best veterinary care at a sensible price.

Our small animal patients include dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, pet fish, tortoises, lizards, snakes and birds.

We provide:

  • A mature team of experienced staff with an open and caring approach.
  • Guaranteed same day appointment for ill pets.
  • Easy to find central location in Harpenden, with parking.
  • Easy repeat prescription service with postal option.
  • Out-of-hours emergency cover provided by the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals on 01707 666399.


Our Approach

We always listen carefully and believe strongly in your right to choose what is best for both you and your pet. We will advise you of the nature and costs involved in any investigations and treatments.

Gillian Goodchild is the senior veterinary surgeon and works in a strong long-serving team. Together, we are small enough for continuity to be assured, whilst still being able to offer a degree of specialisation and where required case discussions "in house".

If your pet is very severely injured or critically ill, we will always consider and advise on whether a referral to a specialist centre could be beneficial.

You will always find us to be open and straightforward about the nature of an injury or illness and as far as possible the likely outcome.

Consulting Times

Monday - Friday 09:00-12:00 15:30-18:30
Saturday 09:00-11:30

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 08:30-18:30
Saturday 08:30-12:00

Vet Practise

Alistair Poole Veterinary Surgery

169 Luton Road




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Small Animal Vets in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, near Bedfordshire