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Practice Facilities

Theatre

Our operating theatre is situated right at the centre of the buidling, and is where most of our surgical procedures are carried out. We use modern anaesthetic agents for both induction and maintenance. Our trained nursing staff monitor your pet's anaesthetic  throughout the procedure, supported by the latest in veterinary monitoring equipment. We have another room also equipped with an anaesthetic machine where we can carry out non-sterile procedures such as dentistry.

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Inpatients

We have a variety of cages, kennels and pens available to accommodate most sizes and species of pet. Most of our surgical patients will go home the same day as their procedure, and all patients are kept warm and comfortable whatever their needs and however long their stay.

Laboratory

Our in-house laboratory is an invaluable aid in diagnosing illness and disease, as well as routine screening and pre-anaesthetic blood testing. For most species, we can perform rapid biochemistry analysis (to determine basic organ function and metabolic imbalances), examine blood smears for anaemia and cell abnormalities, check skin and hair samples for lice and mites, test urine samples and perform faecal worm egg counts. 

Samples requiring additional or more specialist testing are sent away for analysis. Many blood results from external laboratories are with us within 48 hours of the sample leaving the patient!

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Diagnostic equipment

We pride ourselves on the variety of additional tools we have at our disposal, to assist us in diagnosing and treating our patients. We frequently use a combination of the facilities avaiilable to give the fullest picture of the medical situation.

Ultrasound scanners - used for a variety of examinations, commonly for looking at "soft tissue" , usually inside the abdomen and chest cavities. We are able to image the major internal organs (liver, kidney, spleen, intestines, bladder and heart) and check for pregnancy. Ultrasound is often used as a non-invasive method of initial screening, as it is usually painless and does not require the patient to be completely still. It can sometimes be carried out in the consulting room. 

ECG - an excellent tool for diagnosis of certain heart conditions, with a trace developed by measurement of electrical activity across electrodes placed at specific points on the patient's body. It does require the paitient to keep still and restraint must be minimised. We sometimes send the traces away for expert analysis.

Digital X-Ray - a recent addition to our arsenal, enabling us to obtain great quality radiographs very quickly. The digital format means that should we require an additional opinion on any image, it can be sent electronically for rapid examination and interpretation. X-ray images are used for various ailments, from the obvious suspected fractured bones to looking for "foreign bodies" - swallowed non-food objects!

 

Referrals

Sometimes a case necessitates the services of a specialist, either in the form of a case discussion, an examination of X-ray images or ECG traces, or a physical examination of the patient at a specialist centre for that particular area of medicine or surgery. Most referral appointments are arranged very quickly, often within a few days. Visit our Links page for more information about individual referral centres.

Additionally we have access to the services of a specialist veterinary orthopaedic surgeon who will evaluate X-rays, examine patients and carry out surgery here at the practice.