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Veterinary Referral Services

The veterinary referral service offers consultations with veterinarians who have specialized training in surgery, internal medicine including oncology and dermatology, anesthesiology, opthamology and diagnostic imaging.

All specialist referrals require a referral letter from your veterinarian. Appointments can be made by contacting reception on 8313 1999. Specialist veterinarians are on specific days unless in an emergency.

Please allow an extended consultation time up to 2 hours for some cases.

Your clinical notes, laboratory results and images will be required from your veterinarian.

For further information in each area, click on the services listed below:

  • Anaesthesia and Analgesia


    • Dr Luiz Santos (Anaesthesia)
    • Dr Anthony Nicholson BVSc PhD DipACVA Specialists in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pain Management

    Clinical Services

    Our specialist anaesthetists provide specialist anaesthesia and analgesia for patients undergoing surgery and diagnostic procedures within the Companion Animal Health Centre. Specialist services include:

    • Sedation, anaesthesia and analgesia of complex cases
    • Stabilization and anaesthetic management of the high risk patient
    • Comprehensive and advanced monitoring of all anaesthetised cases
    • Advanced catheterization techniques
      • Arteries for direct arterial blood pressure measurement and blood gas analysis
      • Major veins for central venous pressure measurement
    • Use of drugs that support blood pressure when required
    • Comprehensive peri-operative pain management for all patients
    • Individualised pain management, including continuous infusions
    • Local and Regional nerve blocks
      • Epidural
      • Shoulder and forelimb nerve blocks
      • Dental nerve blocks
    • Anaesthesia and analgesia advice to general practitioners
    • Learn more
  • Surgery


    • Dr Olaf Schaaf BVSc (Hons II), MANZCVS (SAS), Dipl ECVS Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in Australia and Europe
    • Dr Penny Tisdall BVSc, MVetClinstuds, FAVSc

    Clinical Services

    The referral surgery service provides a specialist opinion on all orthopaedic and soft tissue problems including:

    Orthopaedics and neurosurgery
    • Fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Cruciate ligament disease
    • Patella luxation
    • Osteochrondosis dissecans
    • Angular limb deformities
    • Hip luxation and joint instability
    • Achilles and patella ligament ruptures
    • Spinal problems including intervertebral disk disease and wobbler syndrome

    Specialist services include:

    • Fracture fixation systems including plating, linear external fixation, circular external fixation and hybrid external fixation
    • Arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment of elbow dysplasia and shoulder problems
    • Joint arthrodesis
    • Hip toggle, ileofemoral suture and transarticular pinning
    • Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis
    • Total hip replacement
    • Spinal surgery including cervical and lumbar hemilaminectomies, vertebral corpectomies, ventral slot cervical decompressions and lumbosacral stabilisation
    Soft Tissue
    • Ear, nose and throat problems
    • Oesophageal disease
    • Intra-thoracic disease including lung tumours, torsions, pericardial problems
    • Intra-abdominal disease affecting the liver, biliary tract, pancreas and intestines
    • Gastric dilatation and volvulus
    • Diaphragmatic hernias
    • Urinary tract problems including tumours and incontinence
    • Perineal hernias
    • Wounds, including car accidents and dog fights

    Specialist services include:

    • Palate and laryngeal surgery
    • Total and lateral ear canal ablations
    • Oesophageal surgery
    • Liver surgery including lobectomy
    • Treatment of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts via cellophane band and ameroid constrictors
    • Biliary tract surgery, including cholostectomy
    • Thoracotomy, including lung lobectomy, pericardectomy, pneumothorax and hiatal hernias
    • Intestinal surgery, including gastrotomies, gastrectomies, pyloric widening procedures, enterotomies, enterectomies, intrapelvic colonic/rectal resections, rectal mass resection
    • Abdominal wall resections and reconstructions
    • Cancer surgery, including axial pattern flaps, local advancement/rotation flaps or free grafting for wound management
    • Nephrectomies and adrenalectomies
    • Perineal hernia reconstructions
    • Bladder and ectopic ureter surgery
  • Medicine


    Dr Paul Crocker

    Clinical Services

    The Medicine Service provides a second opinion on all medical problems of dogs and cats, including:

    • Infectious diseases, including feline immunodeficiency and leukaemia viruses
    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhoea
    • Coughing, sneezing or breathing difficulties
    • Blood disorders, including anaemia
    • High blood pressure
    • Liver problems
    • Kidney failure
    • Urinary tract problems, including stones and incontinence
    • Diabetes and other causes of excessive thirst
    • Fainting and collapse
    • Fever of unknown origin
    • Ascites and pleural effusion
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Illnesses with vague symptoms
    • Complex medical problems

    The medicine service integrates with other specialist services to obtain a diagnosis and provide optimum treatment. Specific services include:

    • Evaluation of complex or difficult cases
    • Interpretation and monitoring of blood and urine test results for optimum outcomes
    • Clinico-radiological interpretation of diagnostic imaging results
    • Endoscopic investigation
    • Blood pressure monitoring and interpretation
    • Advanced medical care including placement of feeding tubes, oxygen supplementation
    • Individualised treatment plans encompassing drugs and nutrition
  • Dermatology


    Dr Peter Hill BVSc PhD DVD DipACVD DipECVD MACVSc
    Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

    Clinical Services

    The Dermatology Service provides a specialist opinion on the diagnosis and management of all types of skin and ear disease, including:

    • Allergic dermatitis
      • Atopic dermatitis
      • Food allergy
      • Contact dermatitis
      • Flea allergy dermatitis
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Chronic demodicosis
    • Skin infections
    • Auto-immune diseases
    • Hormonal problems and alopecia
    • Claw problems
    • Conditions that look unfamiliar or are not responding to treatment

    Specialist services include:

    • Allergy testing (including 60 allergen skin testing)
    • Individualised allergy management programmes
      • Allergen specific immunotherapy (desensitization)
      • Sophisticated topical treatment programmes
      • Multi-modal therapeutic regimes
      • Allergy management on restricted budgets
    • Detailed microscopic skin evaluation and cytology
    • Skin biopsy and histopathology (Dr Hill reads his own biopsies)
    • Advanced treatment protocols and monitoring
      • Immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory therapy
      • Treatment of alopecia
      • Management of resistant bacterial infections
    • Assessment and treatment of chronic ear infections and otitis media using fibreoptic video-otoscopy equipment
    • Remote consultation service and mail-in biopsy reading service
  • Oncology


    Dr Anne Peaston BVSc DipVetClinStud PhD DipACVIM (Oncology) FANZCVSc (Oncology) Veterinary Oncologist

    Clinical services

    The Oncology Service provides specialist opinion on the diagnosis and management of all types of veterinary cancer, including:

    • Skin cancer
      • Mast cell tumours
      • Sunlight-associated tumours (squamous cell carcinoma and others)
      • Tumours of skin appendages such as carcinoma of the anal sac
      • Other cutaneous tumours
    • Haematological malignancies and disorders
      • Lymphoma
      • Leukemia
      • Plasma cell tumours/multiple myeloma
      • Histiocytic disorders
      • Anemia
    • Oral cavity malignancies
      • Squamous cell carcinoma
      • Melanoma
      • Fibrosarcoma
    • Bone tumours
      • Osteosarcoma and others
    • Soft tissue sarcomas
      • Fibrosarcoma
      • Haemangiosarcoma
    • Conditions suspected to be related to cancer, and other cancers not mentioned above, such as:
      • Paraneoplastic syndromes e.g. hypercalcemia, monoclonal gammopathy
      • Reproductive system cancers e.g. mammary cancer
    • Specialist services include:
      • Review of case material and development of logical further investigation and management options.
      • Thorough clinical staging including physical examination, appropriate laboratory investigation, bone marrow aspiration, ultrasound examination, radiography, MRI.
      • Integrated flexible case management with on-site access to specialist anesthesia, surgery, pathology and clinical pathology services.
      • Tailored chemotherapy.
      • Remote consultation service.
      • Molecular diagnostics for mast cell tumour c-Kit internal tandem duplication mutation.
  • Ophthalmology


    Dr Gavin Newman

    Clinic schedule

    Please contact reception on 83131999 to request the Ophthalmologist.

Roseworthy Campus
Roseworthy SA 5371


T: +61 8 8313 1999
F: +61 8 8313 7736