Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

Updated May 2021:

We continue to operate as we have been over the last year, and strictly by appointment only. If you have an appointment, please aim to arrive at the specified time to ensure we can keep to schedule.

All clients visiting the practice must please wear a face covering, and maintain a 2 metre distance at all times.
Clients must please phone the practice before attending.

Please note: We remain very busy, and still have to prioritise the most urgent cases. To make an appointment, please call us on 01727 854787.
Where possible, we ask that clients avoid phoning the practice during consulting times (9-11am; 4:30-7pm weekdays).

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Over the Easter period, our opening times will alter slightly from normal on account of the bank holidays, but will remain strictly by appointment:


Up to and including Thursday 1st April, we are open as we have been under COVID restrictions, then:

Good Friday (2nd April) CLOSED

Saturday 3rd April CLOSED

Easter Sunday (4th April) CLOSED

Easter Monday (5th April) CLOSED


We will then be open as currently from Tuesday 6th April to Friday 30th April, then:


Saturday 1st May CLOSED

Sunday 2nd May CLOSED

Monday 3rd May CLOSED


From Tuesday 4th - Friday 28th May, we are again open normal hours


Saturday 29th May CLOSED

Sunday 30th May CLOSED

Monday 31st May CLOSED


We will then return to normal (appointment-only) hours from Tuesday 1st June.



As always, in an emergency phone 01727 854787


This is who we are

Opened shortly before the record wet summer of 1873, ours is the oldest small animal veterinary practice in the United Kingdom, and, arguably, the oldest on-going business in St Albans. We are not part of a group of practices, nor are we part of a corporate concern. We don’t answer to bosses off-site, or shareholders, let alone shareholders who know nothing about what we do. We do not work to sales and other targets, and our treatments, advice, and recommendations are entirely centred on you and your pet.


Our only aim is the health and welfare of your pet, and how to help you achieve that. For example, we have been offering free health checks to our oldies for many years, and will tell you exactly what they may or may not need thereafter, if anything, and what it might cost. This clinical examination, however, often ends with a "Well done! Keep in touch!" only. All our new kittens and puppies go home with a free, safe and effective parasite control. This is what keeps us happy.


Our involvement with animals is long and deep. There is a very good chance that, as client, you will see the same member of staff you saw twenty, or even thirty years ago. It is not uncommon for us see your pet through its whole life. Mr Hess has always been surrounded by dogs, and now has nine at home. There is very little about animal behaviour he does not know. He is often seen out with his terriers and is the current Chairman and Breed Health Co-ordinator for the Norfolk Terrier Club of Great Britain, reporting to the Kennel Club. Clare Loizides has been with the practice for at least 25 years and is a vet who is devoted to internal medicine and loves the detective work involved. Dr Kenneth Wong is our own very popular all-rounder with a special interest in ultrasound scanning. Between them, our nurses have (or have had) all kinds of animals from the usual dogs, cats, chickens and guinea pigs, to the more exotic tortoises, marsupials and horses, and are happy talk about animals all day long. Some have been doing so right here for 30 years and more. We are fully equipped and can do most things on site, but maintain very close relationships with several specialist practices. There is nothing we cannot help you and your animal with.


When you come to Animalism, you will find yourself part of a large gang of happy animal people. Many already know this, and travel great distances to see us. By far our best advertisement is word of mouth.

Make an appointment 01727 854 787
Visit us4 St Stephens Hill, AL1 2DS