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About Us

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Our Services

Our services aim to combine the expertise and specialist disciplines of the referral team in areas in which we excel.

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Disciplines

We are a truly multidisciplinary referral service combining nine separate veterinary disciplines within one practice.

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Pet Owners

Information for pet owners coming to Vale Referrals.

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CPD

Information about our latest CPD evenings and events.

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Cardiorespiratory Service

Cardiorespiratory service –  our cardiorespiratory service combines the disciplines of;


 

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Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Service

Ear nose and throat service – our ear nose and throat service combines the disciplines of;

 

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Gastro-Intestinal & Urogenital Service

Gastro-intestinal and urogenital service - our gastrointestinal and urogenital service combines the disciplines;

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Haematology & Endocrinology Service

The haematology and endocrinology service combines the expertise of;


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Orthopaedics & Chronic Pain Management Service

Orthopaedic and chronic pain management service - our orthopaedic and chronic pain management service combines the disciplines;

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Ophthalmology Service

Ophthalmology service – Our ophthalmology service combines the disciplines;

 

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Oncology Service

Oncology service – our oncology service combines the disciplines of;

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Oncology

Our oncology referral service is headed by Sara Gould, BVet Med DSAM MRCVS, a recognised RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine.

We offer a multi-disciplinary approach to Oncology, offering a range of diagnostic and treatment options. Sara is supported by our Internal Medicine clinician, Myra Stevenson and our Surgical team, Ed Friend and Richard Artingstall.

As always at Vale Referrals, we pride ourselves on offering an appropriate and affordable service. Treatment options can be tailored to the patient’s needs and the owner’s means and we will offer support and communication to both the referring vet and their client.

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Internal Medicine

Our Internal Medicine referral service is headed by Sara Gould BVetMed DSAM MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and Myra Stevenson BVM&S CertSAM MRCVS, supported by our team of interns and nurses.

The team see a diverse range of non-surgical cases. These may include vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, anaemia and fever. These are the cases that the first opinion vet can’t find an obvious answer for and that need the experience and sophisticated diagnostics we have to hand, such as endoscopy, ultrasound and CT.

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Soft Tissue Surgery

Our Soft Tissue referral service is led by Ed Friend BvetMed CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS, European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue), supported by Richard Artingstall MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery and our team of interns and nurses.

Vale Referrals has a dedicated theatre for their soft tissue surgery, comprehensively equipped for anaesthesia and patient monitoring. Routine surgeries carried out include thoracic and abdominal surgery, as well as ear, nose and throat and oncologic and reconstructive surgery. Surgical cases are seen early in the morning to allow time for any investigation to be carried out prior to surgery. Surgery will often be carried out the same day. This then means that patients can be closely monitored post-operatively, during the rest of the day by our highly-trained nurses.

Vale Referrals have the expertise and equipment to carry out laparoscopic or keyhole surgery and will use this minimally invasive technique where appropriate.

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Orthopaedics

Our Orthopaedic referral service is headed by Richard Artingstall MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery, supported by our team of interns and nurses. We have a dedicated orthopaedic referral theatre fully equipped for our orthopaedic cases. All aspects of orthopaedic problems are assessed and treated. Diagnosis is augmented by digital radiography and CT.

Examples of orthopaedic cases covered are:

  • Simple and complex fracture fixation – Pin and tension band wire, AO/ASIF internal fixation
  • PAX/SOP locking plate, IMEX external skeletal fixation
  • Carpal and tarsal luxation – Pancarpal arthrodesis, ligament augmentation
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Multiple trauma- – RTA’s with concurrent soft tissue and orthopaedic injuries
  • Medial and Lateral Patella luxation
  • Hip dislocation
  • Femoral head and neck excision

 

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Cardiology

Our Cardiology referral service is provided by HeartVets. The team is led by Dr Mark Patteson, MA VetMB PhD DVC CertVR MRCVS, supported by Dave Dickson BVetMed CertA VP(VC) MRCVS and Jo Harris BVSc CertVC MRCVS.

We use high quality colour flow Doppler Ultrasound, multiple Holter Monitors, Radiotelemetry, digital ECG and all the usual gadgets you would expect at a referral centre.

We don’t blind clients with science or repeat unnecessary tests; we feel that it is important to keep sight of what is in the best interests of the patient. For many, this means allowing them to return to leading active lives, despite the presence of heart disease. We also understand that owners need a practical approach and not all have an unlimited budget. Case management often overlaps with our Internal Medicine team, Sara Gould and Myra Stevenson and our Surgical team, Ed Friend and Richard Artingstall.

We offer a 24 hour emergency service, supported by our team of qualified and experienced nurses at our fully equipped hospital in Stinchcombe. Our services are not limited to the investigations below therefore please feel free to contact us to discuss additional procedures.

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Ophthalmology

Our Ophthalmology referral service is headed by Brian Patterson BVM&S Cert VOphthal MRCVS, an Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Brian was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Ophthalmology in 2002 while a resident at the Weipers Centre, University of Glasgow. As a full time veterinary ophthalmologist, Brian has been involved in teaching at the University of Bristol (2010-2012) and has lectured both nationally and internationally.

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Dentistry

Our Dentistry referral service is headed by Matthew Oxford, BVM&S GPCertSAS MRCVS, supported by our team of qualified and experienced nurses.

We work closely with our referring practices to ensure that our patients receive the highest care in areas that go beyond general practice veterinary dentistry. The team have undergone extensive training and completed advanced postgraduate qualifications to ensure that veterinary dental work is carried out to the highest standard.

We use dental radiography in all patients where it is indicated, and offer an extensive list of advanced dental treatments for pet animals.

Referral veterinary surgeons work in a different way to general practice vets, in that we only usually see between 3 and 5 patients a day. This means that we can devote the time required to giving pets the highest level of care, without having to worry about anything else, such as routine appointments.

We will always send through a thorough report to referring vets once the treatment of a patient is complete; and referring vets can phone us any time to discuss any cases.

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Dermatology

Our Dermatology referral service is headed by Peri Lau-Gillard DrMedVet CertVD DipECVD MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology supported by our team of qualified and experienced nurses.

We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, ear and nail diseases in domestic animals, largely dogs and cats. This will include allergies and chronic skin conditions and our diagnostic tests include intradermal testing for allergen-specific immunotherapy, cytology, histopathology, cultures, video-otoscopy and middle ear flushing.

Most cases of skin disease are somewhat chronic in nature and require management rather than cure. In cases where a patient has a more complex disease, we are able to offer co-management with our Internal Medicine team, Sara Gould and Myra Stevenson and our Surgery team, Ed Friend and Richard Artingstall.

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  • Total Elbow Replacement
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  • Total Hip Replacement
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