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Find out more about our expert referrals service

Services

Find out more about our expert referrals service

Our experienced team of veterinarians and nurses can carry out a range of procedures in an ever-growing number of disciplines. From internal medicine to complex surgical procedures, we have the knowledge and the expertise to get your pet back on all four paws.

  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laparoscopic Procedures
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Neurology

Cardiology

Our Cardiology department is led by  Antonio Moneva-Jordan, DVM, CertVC, MRCVS who works closely alongside our internal medic Kate Green MA VetMB Cert AVP MRCVS. 

Areas of referral

Our experienced referral veterinarian can handle referral cases in the following areas:

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Acquired Heart Disease
  • Pericardial Effusions
  • Dyspnoea and Respiratory Distress
  • Murmurs (significant and localised)
  • Arrhythmias
  • X-ray and ECG reading
  • Heart Scoring

Equipment & procedures used

To diagnose and treat your pet, we use the following technology and techniques:

  • Digital Radiography
  • ECG
  • Colour Flow Doppler
  • Echocardiography
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Nasopharyngeal Endoscopy
  • BAL
  • Bronchoscopy

Diagnostic Imaging

We offer Radiography, Ultrasonography, Echocardiology, Fluoroscopy, MRI and CT Scanning

Ultrasonography

Referrals will be taken by the medicine team – Kate Green BA VetMB CertAVP(SAM) MRCVS, Amy Chapman BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS and Laura Hodkinson BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS.

Ultrasonography includes diagnosis of the following:

  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Adrenal, renal, hepatic, splenic, pancreatic, bladder and intestinal disease
  • Ultrasound guided FNA and trucut biopsies

CT Scanning

After an initial appraisal by one of our vets, many of the CTs are sent to a team of specialist radiologists (Diplomates of the European or American Diagnostic Imaging Colleges (DipECVDI or DACVR) for interpretation, with a rapid turnaround reporting service.

Areas of referral

We have just installed an 80 slice Canon CT (computed Tomography) at our Cramlington premises – one of the most technologically advanced in the region. This offers state of the art technology for rapid scanning and incredibly detailed images.

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy includes diagnosis of the following:

  • Collapsing tracheas (and facilitates the placement of tracheal stents)
  • Gastrointestinal motility studies
  • Swallowing studies
  • Implant placement in orthopaedics

Echocardiology

Referrals will be taken by Antonio Moneva- Jordan DVM, CertVC, MRCVS.

Please refer to the Cardiology section of this website for more information.

Magnetic Resource Imaging - MRI

Our 1.5 Tesla Canon Vantage Elan magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner produces exceptional quality images of the brain and spinal cord, for which it is commonly used. It can also provide superb detail and contrast in soft tissues, which makes it very useful  for  joint disease and looking for foreign bodies.

Internal Medicine

Our experienced team of practitioners can diagnose and treat all manner of internal ailments and diseases.

Referrals will be taken by:
Amy Chapman BVM&S CertAVP MRCVS
Kate Green MA VetMB Cert AVP MRCVS
Laura Hodkinson BVetMed CertAVP MRCVS

Areas of referral

Our experienced referral veterinarians can handle referral cases in the following areas:

  • Polydipsia/polyuria
  • Vomiting/regurgitation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight loss
  • Episodic collapse
  • Endocrine disease
  • Tumour staging - please refer to the oncology section of the website
  • Non-invasive biopsy techniques
  • Dysuria/haematuria
  • Epistaxis

Equipment & procedures used

To diagnose and treat your pet, we use the following technology and techniques:

  • Digital ultrasonography with colour flow mapping
  • Ultrasound guided biopsy
  • Endoscopy
  • Rigid endoscopy – cystoscopy & rhinoscopy
  • Digital radiography
  • ECG, Doppler blood pressure
  • Automated clotting times (PT/aPTT) and I-Stat blood gas analysis
  • In-house dry chemistry
  • MRI/CT
  • Fluoroscopy

Laparoscopic Procedures

Minimally invasive, or 'keyhole' surgery uses specialist instruments and endoscopes (cameras) to perform surgeries through small incisions in either the abdomen or the thorax. Some procedures can be performed entirely using a minimally invasive technique, whilst in other surgeries we use this in order to assist with the procedure. Minimally invasive surgeries have largely replaced traditional 'open' surgeries in human surgery due to the marked benefits it offers, including:

  • Reduced post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Faster return to normal activity levels - especially useful for active or working dogs
  • Smaller surgical wounds with a decreased risk of wound infections 
  • Better visibility during surgery
  • Decreased surgical time

The most common procedures performed by ourselves include:

  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy (spey) and laparoscopic retained testicle removal 
  • Laparoscopic ovarian remnant removal
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
  • Biopsies, e.g. of liver, pancreas or lung  
  • Thoracoscopic subtotal pericardectomy

Our laparoscopic service is run by:

Jess Bedwell BVM&S PGCertSAS MRCVS

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

Our canine hydrotherapy service is run by Amy Hutchinson - Level 3 in Canine Hydrotherapy.

Please contact us for more information.

 

Physiotherapy

Keep your pet happy and healthy after injury or surgery by undertaking a course of physiotherapy. Referrals will be taken by animal physiotherapist Rebecca Heald, Mcsp, ACPAT Cat A

Physiotherapy is essential in the prevention, cure and rehabilitation of many conditions.

Following soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery and for developmental and degenerative conditions, physiotherapy is used widely to accelerate the rehabilitation process and restore function. Physiotherapy aims to restore proper movement, strength and function, reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and accelerate the healing and rehabilitation process.

When should physiotherapy commence?

Physiotherapy should commence soon after the injury or surgery, but this doesn’t mean strenuous exercise! Gentle movement and techniques reduce pain early after injury or surgery stimulate healing, help reduce swelling, stiffness and muscle atrophy and rehabilitate movement and function.

Many of the complications due to immobilisation or limited exercise in the first few weeks can be prevented if physiotherapy commences early.

Physiotherapy rehabilitation

On the first visit, a full assessment will be carried out, the dog will receive treatment and a rehabilitation plan will be given specific to the dog's needs.

Many factors are considered when designing a rehabilitation program and deciding which particular therapies will be suitable for each dog. These include age, temperament, type of injury and time since injury, any pre-existing conditions and the previous lifestyle or occupation of the dog.

Home programs are provided to all physiotherapy clients to enable rehabilitation to be continued on a daily basis and give owners skills to assist their pet’s recovery.

Treatment techniques include:

  • Soft tissue and joint mobilisations
  • Massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Movement re-education, Balance and proprioception re-training
  • Electrotherapy including neuromuscular electrical Stimulation and LASER
    Splinting, taping

Conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Patella luxation
  • Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
  • Joint replacement
  • Multi – trauma / fractures
  • Spondylosis of the spine
  • Arthritis / degenerative conditions
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • Corrective orthopaedic surgery
  • Deteriorating mobility
  • Joint contractures and deformities
  • Spinal surgery or Spinal disc disease
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism
  • ‘Wobblers’ syndrome (cervical vertebral malformation).
  • Nerve palsies or injuries
  • Congenital Degenerative Myelopathy

Hydrotherapy

Our canine hydrotherapy service is run by Amy Hutchinson - Level 3 in Canine Hydrotherapy.

Please contact us for more information.

 

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is offered by our ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist, Rebecca Heald, and it helps with a wide range of conditions by accelerating the bodies ability to heal. 

  • Joint Pain and Osteoarthritis

  • Tendonitis

  • Edema and Congestion

  • Chronic pain / Lameness

  • Fractures / Sprains / Strains

  • Trauma, Puncture Wounds

  • Dermatitis

  • Neck and Back Pain

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Burns, Infected & Chronic Wounds

  • Rehabilitation

  • Recovery from surgery

What does class 4 laser therapy mean?

Class 4 is the rating of the laser device used to deliver the treatment. All K-LASER CUBE devices are class 4, this is the most powerful class of laser for therapeutic use. More power means higher doses of light energy can be delivered more quickly. 

Will it hurt my Pet?

Most patients sense a mild, soothing warmth over the treated area. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly after treatment before improvement is experienced.

How long will a treatment session take?

It depends upon the size of the area being treated and the specific condition but typically sessions are 8 minutes in length or less. If your pet has multiple conditions your session may need to be longer.

How many sessions will my pet need?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Often chronic conditions may require an initial set of 5 to 8 treatments with booster sessions as required to control pain.

How long before the results are felt?

Often improvement can be seen after the first visit, however Class 4 Laser Therapy treatment is cumulative in nature so for most conditions patients will require several repeat treatments for greatest benefit.

Can Laser Therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment? 

With your veterinarians approval laser therapy can be used in combination with other forms of therapy, surgery, prescription drugs or dietary supplements.

Has Laser Therapy been scientifically demonstrated to be effective? 

Hundreds of published clinical papers have demonstrated the effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy is one of the fastest growing therapeutic treatments for both humans and animals for a wide range of conditions.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Our highly experienced veterinarians can perform ENT, thoracic, urogenital, abdominal and colorectal surgeries, to name but a few.

Our soft tissue certificate holders are:

Jess Bedwell BVM&S PGCertSAS MRCVS

Jonathan Deacon BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS

Areas of referral

Our experienced referral veterinarians can handle referral cases in the following areas:

ENT Surgery

  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
  • TECA / VBO, LBO

Thoracic Surgery

  • Lung lobectomy
  • Exploratory thoracotomy
  • PDA
  • Vascular ring anomaly correction

Urogenital Surgery

  • Colposuspension
  • Prostatic surgery
  • Ectopic ureter correction

Abdominal Surgery

  • Liver lobectomy
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Nephrectomy
  • Cholecystojejunostomy

Colorectal Surgery

  • Colorectal neoplasia
  • Perineal herniorraphy

Orthopaedics

Our orthopaedic service is run by:

Jess Bedwell BVM&S PGCertSAS MRCVS

Jonathan Deacon BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS

Ondrej Ryacek MVDr. PGCert (SAS), MRCVS, RCVS

Catriona Redman BA VetMB PGCert (SAS), MRCVS RCVS

Neurology

Our Neurology Service is run by Kate Stalin BA VetMB DipECVN MRCVS

Kate has 15 years experience of neurology referral work and is trained in both medical and surgical neurology. Any case can be referred and will have a neurological examination to determine the localisation of the lesion. Depending on the differentials, further diagnostics will be advised including advanced imaging and once a diagnosis has been made, treatment advised. 

Along with our large team of advanced surgical practitioners, we are able to offer a large range of spinal surgery. For acute spines caused by intervertebral disc extrusions, hemilaminectomies and ventral corpectomies can be performed 7 days a week. For more chronic conditions, elective surgeries can be planned including spinal stabilisation.

Any member of the team are happy to discuss a case with you prior to referral.

Spinal Surgery

Our specialist referral veterinarian can perform a range of surgeries on animals suffering from spinal issues.

Our spinal surgery referral veterinarian can handle a range of cases relating to spinal issues and injuries in your pet.

Areas of referral

Our experienced referral veterinarian can handle referral cases in the following areas:

  • Hemilaminectomy (intervertebral disc disease)
  • Dorsal laminectomies (e.g. lumbosacral disease)
  • Atlantoaxial subluxation
  • Spinal fractures and luxations
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy

Referrals are taken by our experienced veterinarians:

Jonathan Deacon BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS

Jess Bedwell BVM&S PGCertSAS MRCVS

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