Thank you for entrusting the care and attention of your pet to us. Some aspects of the terms may not be relevant to you. Please ask for further explanation / clarification if required.


All fees are subject to VAT at the current rate. Fee levels are determined by the procedures carried out and time spent on the case, medication, materials and consumables used. You will receive a detailed invoice for every transaction with us.

Payment Terms

To help us reduce administrative costs and maintain an affordable pricing structure, all accounts are required to be settled at the time of consultation, discharge of your pet or upon collection of any items. If for any reason, you are unable to settle any part of your account as specified, we ask you to discuss the matter as soon as possible with a receptionist who will pass the matter on to a Director or Practice Manager.

Should an account not be settled, then an invoice will be sent out. If an account is not settled after a set period and due notice is given, overdue accounts will be referred to our debt collection agency and maybe subject to legal action.
Further charges will be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the outstanding balance. If the outstanding debt is passed to our debt collection agency you will be liable for any additional costs incurred. Any cheque returned, credit card not honoured or cash found to be counterfeit will result in the account being restored to the original sum with further charges added in respect of bank charges and administrative costs including interest.

For your convenience we accept cash, most major debit/credit cards (excluding American Express) and cheques supported by guarantee cards.


When an order is placed it must be paid for at the time of ordering or collected within 5 working days.

Variation of Terms

No variation of these conditions will bind Mercer and Hughes Veterinary Practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by a Director.

Ownership of Records

Case records including radiographs and other similar documents are the property of, and will be retained, by Mercer and Hughes Veterinary Practice. Copies will be passed on request to another vet taking on the case.

Pet Insurance

We strongly support the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected illnesses or accidents, providing peace of mind knowing the best treatment is available. It is your responsibility to settle your account with us and reclaim fees from your insurance company. If for whatever reason your insurance company does not pay, it is still your responsibility to settle your account with us.

In some circumstances we may agree to a direct claim but only on the understanding that the policy excess is paid to Mercer & Hughes first and claim form is submitted at time of treatment. We charge a £7.50 administration fee per insurance claim or £17.50 for direct claims.

By telling us your pet is insured or by submitting an insurance form you are giving us permission to process claims on your behalf and release any information requested by your insurance company.

Estimate of Treatment Plans

We gladly provide a written estimate as to the probable costs of a course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate is an approximate and final costs may vary depending upon the treatment plan carried out.

Availability of Prescriptions

You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines, Category V, (POM V’s) from your veterinary surgeon or ask for a prescription and obtain these medicines from another veterinary surgery or from a pharmacy that stocks veterinary medicines.

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.

Your veterinary surgeon may only prescribe POM-V’s for animals under his/her care. The RCVS has defined “under his care” as meaning having seen the animal immediately before making a prescription or recently enough or often enough for the veterinary surgeon to have personal knowledge of the condition of the animal or current health status of the herd or flock to make a diagnosis and prescribe. The policy at this practice is to re-assess an animal requiring a repeat prescription every 3 months. This may vary with individual animals and at the discretion of the veterinary surgeon.

Writing a prescription will require 24hrs notice and will cover the treatment of an animal for up to 3 months worth of medication. Prescriptions must be collected from the surgery. The standard charge for a re examination is £19.50. Further information on the prices of medicines is available on request. Prescriptions must be paid for at the time of ordering or collected within five working days.

We would like to advise our Saffron Walden customers that there will be some disruption due to the car park entrance being widened. This work is not being carried out by ourselves and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.