Privacy Policy

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Your Privacy


Our Website is designed to help us provide information to clients on our services and products.  We also provide general information for owners about their pets and a symptoms checker for general advice and guidance.  We may also allow you to register your details and those of your pet with us and provide methods to contact us and an online chat facility during our office hours.


What is the purpose of this Privacy Policy?

Animal Doctors is a “data controller” which means we have to tell you certain information when asking for your personal information.  Our website contains a number of pages where you can provide us with information, for example if you register using our online form.


If you have any queries about the Website, this Privacy Policy or how we use your personal information, please contact Animal Doctors , Carpenters Arms Clinic, High Street,Clydach,Swansea,SA6 5LN

Our Data Protection Officer is Dr Jan Kaufhold who can be contacted at the above address or email at [email protected]


This Privacy Policy relates to your use of the Website and tells you:


  • What personal information we collect about you when you use the Website
  • How we collect your personal information in the Website
  • How we use your personal information
  • Who we may share your personal information with
  • Any transfer of personal information outside of the EEA
  • How long we keep your personal information
  • What we do to protect your personal information
  • What choices you have in relation to your personal information

We last updated this Privacy Statement on 14th August 2019.

Personal Information we process about you

What information we process about you

We may collect the following information about you:

  • your name and address
  • your mobile phone number
  • your email address
  • details about your pet
  • payment information (including bank, debit or credit card details)
  • information about your use of the Website (e.g. what you have read and what actions you have taken)

Personal Information you give us

Registering with us

If you wish to register your pet with us we will collect personal information from you in order to set up an account with us.


Booking an appointment

If you book an appointment for your pet with us, we will collect personal information from you so that we can register you and your pet and provide you with an appointment.


Using our contact form/email contact/online chat

We collect personal information from you if you contact us via our contact forms, an email link or participate in an online chat with us.

Log in via Facebook/Google or Instagram

If you follow a link from our website to log in via Facebook/Google or Instagram then that website will provide us with personal information but you will be asked what information you want us to receive and will have the chance to edit the information that you provide to us.


Our blog

You may choose to provide us with personal information if you post to our blog.


Personal Information we collect automatically

When you use the Website, we may collect certain information automatically such as:

  • IP addresses (the name and internet address your device uses to identify itself to us)
  • Your activity in our website including times and dates of visits
  • Information on your location
  • other websites you may have visited

If you want to know more about how we use cookies, please see our cookie statement.

How we use your Personal Information

Our legal basis for using your information

The law only allows us to use your personal information in certain limited circumstances.  We will most commonly process your personal information:

  • Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you (e.g. when you have asked us to treat your pet)
  • Where we need to comply with a legal obligation (e.g. keeping records for insurance purpose)
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests (this allows us to send you information about our own services or products that are related to or similar to those you have already purchased from us, unless you tell us otherwise)
  • Where you have consented to us using your personal information


What this means in practice

Any personal information that you give to us may be used in the following ways:

  • to allow us to register you and your pet with us so that we can provide veterinary services to you
  • to provide you and your pet with an appointment
  • to answer any queries that you may have
  • to contact you with information about your pet’s health
  • to keep a record of your pet’s health
  • to administer medication to your pet
  • to process your payment
  • to administer any insurance claims
  • to contact your insurance company
  • to contact another practice or hospital if your pet needs further treatment
  • to contact you with information about services or products similar to those you have received from us previously (unless you tell us not to)
  • to prevent and detect fraud
  • to tell you about changes to our website or software
  • to help us improve the Website to make it better for all users
  • to get your feedback on the Website
  • to administer the Website (such as troubleshooting, data analysis, research)


If you fail to provide personal information


If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you (such as providing your pet with veterinary services or medication), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure that we keep the necessary insurance records).


Sharing your Personal Information

Our Business Partners

We may share your information with carefully selected third parties including:

  • Other veterinary practices or veterinary hospitals (but only once we have discussed with you and you agree)
  • Our business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you
  • Analytics and search engine providers who analyse information about your use of our website and help us to tailor the product and offers that we offer to you and other users

The following organisations are used by us to provide the Website:


Legal Requirements and Law Enforcement

We may also disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • If we sell our business in which case the personal information that we hold will be part of the transferred assets.
  • If we are required by law, or in order to enforce or Website our terms of use. This includes exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction and also law enforcement agencies.

Third Party Privacy Policies

The Website may contain links to websites owned by other organisations.  If you follow a link to another website, these websites they will have their own privacy policy.  We suggest that you check the policies of any other websites before giving them your personal information as we cannot accept responsibility for any other website.

Keeping your Personal Information

How we store your personal information

The security of your personal information is important to us.

We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard personal information. We use encryption technology where appropriate to enhance privacy and help prevent information security breaches. We use industry-standard measures and processes for detecting and responding to inappropriate attempts to breach our systems.

Any personal information that we provide to you will be held within the EEA.



We may transfer of personal information from the UK to a country outside of the EEA. If we do, we will ensure that we enter into a data transfer agreement which gives you enforceable rights and legal remedies and provides adequate levels of protection for any personal information that is transferred

All third parties who provide services to the Website are required to sign contract requiring them to have appropriate technical, administrative and physical procedures in place to ensure that your information is protected against loss or misuse.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers or on secure servers operated by a third party. Information on our third-party providers can be found above.

Retention of information

We only hold your personal information for as long as necessary for the purposes for which we collected your information.

We have set  timescales in accordance with any applicable legislation and where none exists then we will keep your information for the duration of your employment (or services contract) and then for a period of 7 years after which time it will be deleted.


If you chose to send us information via email, we cannot guarantee the security of this information until it is delivered to us.

Your rights

Access to information

You have the right to access information that we hold about you. If you wish to receive a copy of the information that we hold, please contact at [email protected] or write to us at the address above.

Changing or deleting your information

You can ask us at any time to change, amend or delete the information that we hold about you or ask us not to contact you with any further marketing information.  You can also ask us to restrict the information that we process about you.

You can use the check boxes on the forms we use to collect your information, or you can also request that we change, amend, delete your information or restrict our processing by emailing us at [email protected] or writing to us at the address at the beginning of this Privacy Policy.

Right to prevent Automated decision making

You have a right to ask us to stop any automated decision making. We do not intentionally carry out such activities, but if you do have any questions or concerns we would be happy to discuss them with you and you can contact us at [email protected].

Transferring Personal Information

You have the right to request that your personal data is transferred by us to another organisation (this is called “data portability”). Please contact us at [email protected] with the details of what you would like us to do and we will try our best to comply with your request. If may not be technically feasible, but we will work with you to try and find a solution.


If you make a request to us under this Privacy Statement and you are unhappy with the response, you can ask for the request to be reviewed under our internal complaints procedure. Our internal complaints procedure allows your request to be reviewed by Charlotte Devonald, Practice Manager who will do their best to try and resolve the issue.

If you have been through the internal complaints procedure and are still not happy with the result, then you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. They can be contacted as follows:


Telephone: 03031231113

Address: Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane





Changes to our Privacy Statement

We review our Privacy Statement on a frequent basis to check that it accurately reflects how we deal with your information and may amend it if necessary. You should check this page regularly to see the most up to date information.

How to Contact us

We welcome questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Statement which can be sent to Practice Manager, [email protected]