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VetLife joins PLH Medical at the London Vet Show 2019

We are excited to announce that VetLife will be joining us on our stand (E10) at this years London Vet Show at ExCeL London! Vetlife is a service for the veterinary sector that offers free, confidential and non-judgemental support. 

Independent, confidential and free help for everyone in the veterinary community including veterinary nurses and students. Vetlife provides a 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources.

You may be fortunate enough to never require the services of VetLife, however a donation to Vetlife can help to ensure that there is support available to anyone in the veterinary community who is experiencing difficulties.

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Windows 7 support will end in 2020

Microsoft has recently announced the End of Life date for Windows 7. On January 4, 2020 or even sooner for those who decide not to download a recent security update. This means Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after this date.

With news that Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft means there are many users who will need to start considering about upgrading their operating system for their practice computers.

If you’re a practice that currently runs your system on Windows 7, don’t panic. PLH Medical can offer a solution.

What happens next, how will my practice be effected?

When Windows 7 reaches its End of Life phase on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. It’s likely that it also won’t offer help and support if you encounter any problems.
However, this doesn’t mean that Windows 7 will suddenly stop working. You will still be able to use Windows 7 for as long as you want. But just because you can continue to use Windows 7 doesn’t mean you should.

If you decide not to upgrade, the biggest issue you will encounter is that your system will not be patched for any new viruses or security upgrades. This leaves your system extremely vulnerable.

While you have a number of choices when moving operating systems, for many people, the obvious and simplest option is to simply upgrade to Windows 10, a task that PLH Medical can help you with.

For more details or to arrange your upgrade, please get in touch.

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VetsNorth 2019 – 12th to 13th June

Taking place on 12-13 June 2019 at the MMU Business School in Manchester, VetsNorth 2019 will focus on 3 key topics: endocrine system, emergency medicine and surgery and emergency & critical care nursing. PLH Medical Ltd will be attending the exhibition to showcase the latest products and services to the veterinary sector from some of the most respected names in the industry such as Siemens, AGFA, Midmark, Sonoscape and more!

Be sure to meet our friendly staff on stand #8. PLH Medical Ltd provides a wide range of CR and DR veterinary X-ray systems, Ultrasound equipment, PACS solutions and much more! Our team can advise on the ideal solution for your practice based on your requirements. Or alternatively, simply head over for just a chat and say hello!

We hope to see you at VetsNorth 2019!

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IVNA Congress 2019 – 24 to 26th May

May 2019 will be the 10th anniversary of the IVNA Congress. This is a momentous occasion for the association and one that PLH Medical Ltd is looking forward to celebrating!

Hosted at the beautiful Grand Hotel Malahide in Dublin, delegates can expect a specifically developed and comprehensive scientific programme. This includes multiple streams and practicals. For the first time ever, the IVNA Congress will be hosted over a three-day period with a two-day trade show.

The event will be kicked off on Friday the 24th May. After which, delegates will enjoy a drinks reception with exhibitors during the opening ceremony. The Saturday programme focuses on matters of the mind to presentation management.

Throughout the event, delegates will have access to lots of entertainment, competitions and prizes. IVNA will also feature fantastic entertainment for their Veterinary Nurse Awards. This will be hosted at their social event on the Saturday evening during the gala dinner.

Sarah Cowan RVN Guest Speaker

The 10th Annual Congress brings an excellent range of guest speakers. These experienced veterinary professionals span a wide range of disciplines, bringing delegates up to date on the latest of information and expertise.
PLH Medical’s very own Sarah Cowan RVN will be joining the team of guest speakers and will be discussing dental radiography positioning and dental imaging equipment.

Having spent 13 years in both mixed and small animal practice in Ireland and the UK, Sarah Cowan joined PLH Medical in 2017. Sarah qualified from UCD in 2009. While in practice, Sarah developed a genuine interest in small animal veterinary dentistry. She achieved a Dental Leadership course developed and delivered by Pfizer Animal Health. She soon continued to concentrate on further dental related CPD focusing on dental charting and radiography. Since joining PLH Medical, Sarah has developed a comprehensive range of dental training aids. She regularly trains both vets and nurses in dental radiography positioning techniques, as well as leading dental CPD events as a part of PLH Medical’s LearningHub CPD training.

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PLH Medical Product Brochure

PLH Medical has an advanced and wide range of leading edge Veterinary X-Ray imaging equipment, products and accesses to suit your practice needs. The cornerstone of our success has been based on the values of uncompromising customer service, product reliability & true value for money.

View, download or request a free copy of our latest product brochure, packed with a wide selection of our most popular and affordable veterinary equipment. 

Unable to locate the product that you were looking for? PLH Medical can help. Contact our helpful and friendly team today!

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AGFA DR14e – Go Digital With Digital Radiography

Your opportunities are endless with DR (digital radiography) because it offers a number of important advantages over traditional X-ray equipment and film processing. Have you been considering making the switch to DR, but are unsure on making a change? A quick look into the benefits of switching to DR may help!

Image Quality:

DR x-ray systems are able to produce excellent quality images. The images are also processed more efficiently. This provides better quality results in less time, a win-win for any veterinary practice.

Return on Investment and Cost:

With no chemicals or film processing to be done, this makes digital radiography a more environmentally-friendly option. This eliminates the recurring cost of processing both film and chemicals. It also frees up the time and money involved in disposing of them once they are used. DR x-ray systems offer a significant return on investment from their upfront cost. This can be highlighted through a number of ways such as, improved consistency, fewer retakes and reduces the time your staff must dedicate in order to process the images.

Lower Patient Dose:

Digital radiology systems offer lower radiation dosage for your patients. Depending on the specifics of your current systems, this reduction in dosage can be very significant. Digital image receptors are far more sensitive to low levels of radiation in comparison to film/screen. This means that they require less quantity to produce a diagnostic radiographic image.

Low Maintenance:

Digital radiology systems have no moving parts. This means that there is less chance of mechanical related wear and tear.


Storage of images occurs on servers or PACS such as Vethub, rather than physical archives of hard copies that need to be manually maintained.

Wireless Functionality:

Many of your everyday gadgets and tools are wireless, so why not go wireless with your compatible x-ray equipment as well? User-friendly wireless capabilities allow for portability of the systems themselves. Not only wireless is available but also wired options too. For example, the DR14e from AGFA Heathcare can be configured to either option based on your specific practice needs.


DR x-ray technology can be integrated with your existing technology and practice systems. This reduces the stress and possible problems of an upgrade or transition.

There is no question that digital radiography is here to stay. PLH Medical can help your practice get up to speed and utilise the best technology that’s available to you. Contact our helpful and friendly team today!

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Streetlife – 5th Annual #BigSleepout19

PLH Medical Ltd is proud to be in partnership with Streetlife’s 5th Annual #Bigsleepout19 on Friday 26th April 2019 & Saturday 27th April 2019. Senior Service Co-Ordinator, Gareth Hugo will be sleeping out to raise awareness at St. Johns Square, Blackpool this weekend! Streetlife is a charity working with vulnerable young people aged 16-25 in Blackpool. Streetlife provides emergency accommodation and a wide range of support from their day center.

This year will be Streetlife’s biggest sleepout to date, which means there will be two sleepouts held over consecutive nights at St. Johns Square, Church Street in Blackpool from 8 pm to 6 am.

Last year Streetlife saw over 250 people from across Lancashire attend this amazing cause. Due to the enormous generosity of the local people, Streetlife raised £41,000 from last year’s Big Sleepout, that’s £13k more than 2017’s event! This money has been used to provide emergency safe accommodation to homeless young people in their Night Shelter at St. Johns Walk in Blackpool town centre.

Please help us make a difference by generously donating £5 or as much as you can afford. £5 a month doesn’t buy much but it offers safety, support and hope to a young vulnerable person. Visit and help improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

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PLH Medical collects Siemens Healthineers Top Performer Award

PLH Medical Ltd recently attended the Siemens Healthineers Partner Meeting in Malta on the 29th of March and has walked away with a prestigious award and title of ‘Top Performer In Imaging for FBA, NRB, GB&I and SEU Regions’.

Mike Jenkins and Sarah Cowan collected our award and certificate on behalf of our dedicated team at the event taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel.


Mike Jenkins (Managing Director at PLH Medical Ltd) said “Collecting this award is a reflection of how innovation, hard work and true partnership can really grow a successful business. We are delighted to be recognised and are very greatful to Siemens Healthineers”.

PLH Medical was not the only award winner during the event. An individual award was also received by PLH Medical’s very own Sarah Cowan who was crowned winner of the Pit Stop Challenge, with an impressive wheel change of under 6 seconds!

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Visit us at BSAVA Congress 2019

We are very excited to be exhibiting once again at the much awaited BSAVA Congress 2019 in Birmingham. We will be featured on stand F20 from the 4th to 7th of April.

BSAVA Congress delivers a cutting-edge programme of over 450 lectures and practical sessions in the heart of the UK. The ICC and Arena Birmingham in Birmingham city centre host an impressive four days of development, learning and discussion. Alongside the lectures, over 200 of the industry’s finest companies exhibit and Movie Night, The President’s Soiree and V19 Beach Party evenings promise an amazing social experience.

Our stand will be managed by the likes of our Technical Sales Representative, Sarah Cowan RVN, VetHub’s very own Susan Northwood and LearningHub’s Head of Learning & Development, Dave Chambers DCR(R) DMU. We will be available to showcase the leading X-ray technology, Ultrasound solutions and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems.

Visit us on stand F20

Be sure to head over to our stand at F20; PLH Medical Ltd provides a wide range of CR and DR veterinary X-ray systems, Ultrasound equipment, PACS solutions and much more! Our team can advise on the ideal solution for your practice based on your requirements. Or alternatively, simply head over for just a chat and say hello!
We hope to see you there!
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West Bar Vets: Veterinary hospital enhances its imaging quality with SFS

The Challenge:

West Bar Veterinary Hospital Ltd (West Bar Vets) has invested in new imaging equipment with the help of Siemens Financial Services (SFS). West Bar Vets is a mixed practice veterinary hospital based in Banbury. Now a ten-vet practice with four consulting branches and providing 24hour care, West Bar Vets can trace its origins to the 1880s when it operated as a blacksmith’s shoeing forge. 

The practice wanted to replace its ageing veterinary ultrasound machine to improve clinical efficiency and image quality. As a relatively small business, West Bar Vets needed a solution that would protect its capital reserves while enabling the business to stay ahead of the technological curve.

Richard Byrne BVetMed MRCVS, Director and Partner at West Bar Vets explains, “We wanted to upgrade our current ultrasound and looked carefully at a number of systems on the market. We even trialled another machine but ultimately the technology from Siemens Healthineers offered us the best value for money.

The Solution:

After looking at several competitors’ options and testing an upgrade to its current system, West Bar Vets worked with PLH Medical to acquire the Siemens Healthineers ACUSON P500 Ultrasound Solution.

  • The system offers technological advantages to others on the market including increased processing speed and enhanced image quality with exclusive motion correction.
  • Additionally, the ultrasound system is compact and portable and, once installed, it was easy for the practice to wirelessly link the system to its picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

The Benefits:

  • Siemens experience team of ultrasonographers were able to understand the practice’s needs and demonstrate the system’s capabilities in a live simulation.
  • SFS tailored the finance solution to enable it to take advantage of an after sales service five year warranty to ensure peace of mind and a competitive rate.
  • The process of arranging finance for the acquisition was easy and straightforward and the team ensured the arrangement was made in time for West Bar Vets to claim the VAT immediately after the transaction.

Richard Byrne BVetMed MRCVS, Director and Partner at West Bar Vets added, “When purchasing very technical veterinary equipment like radiology or ultrasound, you can easily pay a lot of money for something that is already old. The pace of change is so fast that you have to be vigilant to stay ahead of the curve. We’re really happy with the new system.

Sally-Anne Whybrow of Healthcare Finance for Siemens Financial Services in the UK adds, “It was a pleasure working with West Bar Vets to provide the best possible solution for their practice. An ultrasound is a key piece of diagnostic equipment and this system will make a significant difference for the many pets and their owners that visit the hospital.

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