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Our Areas of Expertise

We offer a range of referral services for your pet

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

  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Ears, Nose & Throat
  • Gastro-Intestinal & Urogenital
  • Haematology & Endocrinology
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic and Chronic Pain Management

Cardiorespiratory

Vale Referrals Cardiorespiratory service is aimed at the diagnosis, management and treatment of all types of respiratory and cardiology conditions that we see in our patients, from a chronic cough to a collapsing dog.

We use the latest diagnostic tools combined with the expertise of our clinicians to treat and manage a full range of complex cardiorespiratory conditions.

Cardiorespiratory patients are generally high risk and it is the combination of our clinician’s knowledge, skills and clinical care team that enables us to manage these cases to a high degree of expertise.

Our cardiorespiratory service is led by Dr Mark Patteson MA VetMB PhD DVC CertVR FRCVS (RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology) and Myra Stevenson BVM&S Cert SAM MRCVS (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine). They are supported by Sian Blakey BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS.

Myra has particular expertise in flexible and rigid endoscopic investigation of airway disease and Dr Mark Patteson heads our cardiology team providing specialist cardiology assessment and treatment

Cardiorespiratory diagnosis at Vale Referrals is aided by:

• High frequency ultrasound and echocardiography for cardiac and pulmonary assessment

• Computed tomography for investigation of pulmonary and intra-thoracic disease

• Minimally invasive flexible and rigid endoscopy for the investigation of upper and lower airway disease

Cardiorespiratory management at Vale Referrals is aided by:

• Comprehensive medical knowledge of respiratory conditions from our team

• Surgical management of airway and cardiothoracic disease (laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway disease, pulmonary neoplasia, congenital vascular disease)

For more information or to refer a case please contact us on referrals@valevets.co.uk

Ears, Nose & Throat

Vale Referrals Ear, Nose and Throat service is aimed at the diagnosis, management and treatment of upper airway disease and acute/chronic ear disease in dogs and cats.

We have particular expertise in Brachycephalic Airway Disease (BOAS), Laryngeal Paralysis (LP) and the medical and surgical management of acute and chronic ear disease

We give a balanced approach to assessment and treatments options for upper airway disease and acute/chronic ear conditions, tailoring the management and treatment options that are suited best to our patients and owners.

Respiratory and gastrointestinal disease (Brachycephalic obstructive airway disease - BOAS) is commonly seen in brachycephalic breeds (for example Pugs, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers). This can be a complex and distressing condition for our patients and it is one that is frequently more recognised in the general public as these breeds become more popular.

Acute and chronic ear disease can be a debilitating condition in dogs and cats requiring lifelong management and treatment. Often the underlying cause is related to chronic allergic skin disease or conformational issues.

Our Ear, Nose and Throat service is led by Michal Vlasin DVM PhD Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS Senior Surgeon Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery and Alasdair Hotston Moore MA VetMB CertSAC CertVR CertSAS CertMedEd FRCVS, Senior Surgeon Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

In cases that cannot be managed medically, Michal has extensive experience and expertise in the surgical management of ear disease enabling the best possible outcome for chronic non responsive ear disease.

Ear nose and throat diagnostics at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Minimally invasive high definition video otoscopy for ear flushing and assessment of ear drum and middle ear
  • Minimally invasive flexible and rigid upper airway endoscopy for airway assessment
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging (computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital radiography) for imaging of the skull and soft tissues
  • Outpatient fluoroscopic swallowing studies (external to Vale Referrals)
  • Skin and ear cytology, culture and sensitivity for assessing bacterial and fungal growth

Ear nose and throat management options at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Video-otoscopic assessment for medical management of ear disease
  • Tailored dermatological treatment aimed at controlling skin disease
  • Surgical expertise in airway surgery (Brachycephalic airway disease, Laryngeal Paralysis)
  • Surgical expertise in the surgical management of ear disease (Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy)

For more information or to make a referral please contact referrals@valevets.co.uk

Gastro-Intestinal & Urogenital

Vale Referrals Gastro-intestinal and Urogenital service is aimed at the diagnosis, management and treatment of acute and chronic gastro-intestinal disorders and the diagnosis, management and treatment of urinary incontinence or genitourinary conditions.

Gastrointestinal conditions can be complex and varied. We use the latest diagnostic tools combined with the expertise of our clinicians to treat and manage acute and chronic gastrointestinal conditions.

Urinary incontinence and genitourinary conditions can have a profound impact on the quality of life of an animal. The combination of clinical skill sets and minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic technologies available at Vale Referrals enable our urogenital service to manage and treat complex congenital, urinary and urogenital issues.

The gastrointestinal service is led by our internal medicine clinician, Myra Stevenson BVM&S Cert SAM MRCVS (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine) and assisted by Sian Blakey BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS.

Myra has particular expertise in gastrointestinal video endoscopy and is supported by surgeons Michal Vlasin and Richard Artingstall for any surgical interventions that may be needed.

The urogenital service is led by our soft tissue surgeon Michal Vlasin DVM PhD Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS (Senior Surgeon Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery)

Gastrointestinal and urogenital diagnostics at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Minimally invasive flexible video-endoscopy for the investigation of upper gastrointestinal and lower bowel disease
  • High frequency abdominal ultrasound
  • Computed tomography/ Digital radiography including dynamic contrast cystography
  • Rigid high definition video cystoscopy

Gastrointestinal and urogenital management options at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Flexible and rigid video-endoscopy and video-cystoscopy for minimally invasive luminal biopsy and sampling
  • Minimally invasive Laser ablation of congenital ectopic ureters
  • A specialist led surgical team for acute and chronic surgical management for gastro-intestinal conditions
  • A specialist led medical team to manage non-surgical acute and chronic gastro-intestinal conditions

For more information or to make a referral please contact referrals@valevets.co.uk

Haematology & Endocrinology

Vale Referrals Haematology and Endocrinology service is aimed at the management of complex haematological (blood) and endocrine (hormonal) disease that we see in our pets. This can range from acute anaemias and coagulopathies to complex endocrine medical disease such as keto-acidotic diabetes management.

We have particular expertise in a wide range of medical haematological and endocrine conditions. We use our teams’ clinical skills and our range of diagnostic facilities to investigate, treat and manage complex conditions within the hospital.

We have a network of blood donors and partner with Pet Blood Bank and Greyhound Rescue to enable rapid blood donor supply when needed.

Our Haematology and Endocrinology Service is an integral part of our internal medicine team’s work and is supported by Myra Stevenson BVM&S Cert SAM MRCVS (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine). Vaclav Ceplecha MVDr PhD MRCVS, Internal Medicine Clinician and Oncology Assistant and Sian Blakey BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS.

Haematology and Endocrinology diagnostics at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Expertise in house cytology supported by specialist external laboratory in haematology, biochemistry to enable rapid diagnostics
  • High frequency ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), digital radiography for investigation of concurrent disease
  • Access to a specialist led surgical team to enable bone marrow biopsy/aspirate for rapid and accurate diagnosis.

Haematology and Endocrinology management options at Vale Referrals are aided by:

  • Rapid on site blood donor facilities and support
  • Expertise and knowledge in complex haematological and endocrine condition from within our medicine team
  • Support from our surgical team for the management of acute haemoabdominal crises (splenic, adrenal, liver disease, acute trauma)

For more information or to make a referral please contact referrals@valevets.co.uk

Oncology

Vale Referrals Oncology service is aimed at the diagnosis, management and treatment of all types of cancers that we see in our pets, from the smallest lump to the complex neuroendocrine cancer.

We give comprehensive support to pet owners giving them a treatment plan that is personal to their pet. We work with the patient and owner, presenting the latest information, diagnostic tests and treatment options that are available for their condition.

Team

Our Oncology service is supported by our internal medicine clinicians Myra Stevenson BVM&S Cert SAM MRCVS, Vaclav Ceplecha MVDr PhD MRCVS and Sian Blakey BVetMed CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS and where needed our cardiologist Dr Mark Patteson MA VetMB PhD DVC CertVR FRCVS.

Cancer diagnosis at Vale Referrals is aided by:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging (Computed tomography, Magnetic resonance imaging, high definition ultrasound, digital radiography
  • Surgical biopsy (surgical and minimally invasive techniques)
  • Clinical haematology and endocrinology
  • In house diagnostic cytology
  • Diagnostic support from specialist cytologists and histopathologists

Cancer treatment at Vale Referrals is aided by:

  • Surgical tumour excision and biopsy with functional and cosmetic soft tissue reconstruction
  • Medical management with medical chemotherapy and metronomic chemotherapy
  • Outpatient radiation therapy (external to Vale Referrals)

For more information or to refer a case please contact us on referrals@valevets.co.uk

Ophthalmology

Vale Referrals Ophthalmology service is aimed at the diagnosis and management of ocular and intraocular conditions that we see in our pets.

We give a comprehensive ophthalmology service ranging from assessment of non-healing ulcers to the complex intraocular management of cataracts.

Vale Referrals Ophthalmology service is led by Brian Patterson BVM&S Cert VOphthal MRCVS (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology). Brian is one of a few veterinary ophthalmologists in the country that performs intraocular surgery. Brian has particular expertise in the management and surgical treatment of diabetic cataracts in small animals.

For more information or to make a referral please contact referrals@valevets.co.uk

Orthopaedic and Chronic Pain Management

Vale Referrals Orthopaedic and Chronic Pain Management service is aimed at the diagnosis, management and treatment of orthopaedic conditions in our dogs and cats, from chronic lameness to acute complex fractures.

We give a comprehensive range of treatment options to our patients, taking them through the journey of diagnosis, surgery, treatment and then out the other side with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy that is tailored to the individual animal and clients’ needs.

Orthopaedic conditions can range from acute trauma such as fractures and dislocations, ligament injuries such as cranial cruciate disease or more chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis or chronic pain management.

Our orthopaedic and chronic pain management service is led by Richard Artingstall MA VetMB Cert SAS MBA MRCVS (RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery), supported by Michal Vlasin DVM PhD Dipl.ECVS, MRCVS (Senior Surgeon Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery)

Richard is both a soft tissue and an orthopaedic surgeon and has a particular interest and expertise in complex fracture management, trauma surgery and joint surgery such as cranial cruciate disease.

Orthopaedic and chronic pain diagnosis at Vale Referrals is aided by:

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and digital radiography
  • Minimally invasive surgery – arthroscopy
  • Joint cytology
  • Water treadmill assessment

Orthopaedic and chronic pain management at Vale Referrals is aided by:

  • Full range of fracture repair techniques IMEX external skeletal fixation, standard internal fixation (locking SOP, PAX and non-locking DCP)
  • Joint surgery – cruciate disease (TTA, CW TPLO, tightrope and isometric lateral suture fixation), hip luxation
  • Joint salvage surgery – Pancarpal and pantarsal arthrodesis
  • Intraarticular treatments - stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP)
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture and massage

For more information or to refer a case please contact referrals@valevets.co.uk