When your pet is ill, you can trust us to provide the best care for your pet, however for some more complicated cases, we may suggest referring them to a referral vet to benefit from the best diagnosis and treatment the profession has to offer.  Veterinary referral services are carried out in a range of areas, including: cardiology; dermatology; oncology; ophthalmology; and surgery.  In some cases your pet may be referred for diagnostic tests or treatments that require complex equipment which are not available here.

What is a referral vet?

A referral vet will have gained additional experience and undertaken further extensive clinical training in a particular field.  They will have varying levels of expertise and recognition.  If we feel your pet would benefit from a referral, we will discuss this with you and give you all the information you need to make a fully informed decision.  It’s worth remembering that you have a choice about who you are referred to, so whilst we will be able to make recommendations, you can research who to entrust your pet to, to make sure they’re in the best hands.  We can then arrange an initial appointment and provide any relevant case notes to the referral vet.

How much does it cost to see a referral vet?

Referral services do tend to be more costly than other veterinary work. This is largely because the cases treated are more complex and time consuming, often requiring advanced expertise and the use of expensive equipment.  All veterinary surgeons, are happy to discuss costs and provide an estimate of the fees involved before starting any treatment, so that you can make the best decision for you and your pet.  Insurance policies and level of cover varies, so it is always worth checking this prior to undertaking any treatment.