Small Animal Veterinary Services
We have veterinarians who provide services for advanced medical and surgical cases.
Veterinary services for small animals include:
Anaesthesia and pain management
Anaesthesia supports other departments such as surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, oncology and general practitioner cases.
Our experts play a critical role with intensive care cases requiring anaesthesia, ventilation and advanced pain management. They work closely with all areas of the centre from routine cases to emergency and critical care.
Our anaesthetists use advanced monitoring equipment, treatments and techniques to stabilise patients with chronic and acute conditions.
Our dermatologist Dr Peter Hill is available for specialist referrals for all animals. Specialist dermatology services we offer include the diagnosis and treatment of:
- Allergic dermatitis
- Food allergies
- Atopic dermatitis
- Chronic ear infections
- Auto-immune diseases
- Hormonal problems
For a first visit, an extended consultation time will be required for additional diagnostics such as skin tests, blood tests or minor biopsies. Once a diagnosis and treatment plan is in place, any additional visits may be shorter. Skin issues can be complicated and often affect other parts of your pet. As a result, your pet may require a short stay in our hospital.
Internal medicine involves diagnosing conditions and diseases relating to all systems and organs in your pet’s body.
On your first visit, an extended consultation time will be required so we can spend time asking questions and reviewing clinical notes from your vet. It may also be necessary at this time to do additional diagnostic testing such as blood tests or imaging. Once a diagnosis and treatment plan is in place, there may be procedures which require hospitalisation.
For planned surgery, you will be given an estimation of cost and will be asked to provide a deposit when booking. You will be kept up to date with any changes in treatment plans and costs associated with this.
Dr Anne Peaston Oncology services include diagnostics and cancer treatment for all species including:
- Mast cell tumours
- Melanoma vaccines
- Bone marrow disease
Our oncology team work closely with the surgical team as necessary to ensure a smooth flow in case management and communication. For a first visit, an extended consultation time may be required for diagnostics such as blood tests and minor biopsies. Once a diagnosis and treatment plan is in place, any additional visits may be shorter.
Ophthalmology requires a veterinary expert in dealing with eyes of all animal species. Currently we have a visiting ophthalmologist once every 3-4 weeks.
Outside of these hours our client relations team can provide you with their contact details or further advice.
We accept referrals for advanced orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical cases. If your local veterinarian is unsure what action to take, they are encouraged to contact the clinic to request advice from our specialist small animal surgeons.
On your first visit to a surgical specialist, your pet may be admitted to hospital for a procedure such as imaging or surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, it may be a day stay or overnight. Advanced surgical cases may require further planning and an appropriate timeline will be scheduled.
For planned surgery, you will be given an estimation of cost and will be asked to provide a deposit when booking.
Theriogenology - small animal reproduction
Theriogenology is a service providing support not only breeders but registered individuals owning one animal that they may wish to breed.
Our theriogenology team work with all species across the areas including:
- Artificial insemination
- Hormonal assessment
- Obstetrics, including pregnancy, delivery and post-natal care.
- Pregnancy diagnostics and high-risk pregnancy management.
- Semen evaluation
For a first visit, an extended consultation time will be required so we can spend time asking questions and reviewing clinical notes from your vet. Additional diagnostic testing may be necessary.
In the case of hormonal tests and artificial insemination, it may be necessary to schedule a time quickly and often. Keeping in contact with our vets will be crucial in arranging specific dates and times.
In-house pathology services
Referrals to specialists
Specialist appointments are managed similar to how your family doctor would refer you to a specialist. A referral is in the form of a letter from your vet which may include medical notes, pathology results and images. If you see one our our veterinarians in a general check up on your pet’s health, they may also refer you to a specialist.
Once our specialist accepts the referral, we’ll help you book an appointment. The first consultation is generally longer than subsequent meetings. This is so the specialist can examine your pet thoroughly and provide advice around the possible treatments or solutions available. After the specialist appointment, your pet may be admitted to hospital or asked to come back for a procedure on another day.
The complexity of specialist consultations provides ideal learning opportunities for future vets. Students are likely to be present when you visit specialists during university teaching times. This allows for teaching of high-end cases and reflection by the student as part of their academic assessments.