What is your Diagnosis?

A 6 month old female Bernese Mountain Dog presented with a vague history of pain/discomfort for a few weeks which was difficult to isolate to any particular region. Gradually, it got worse to where she was yelping in pain 2-3 times daily especially when getting up from a lying position. Pain was then isolated to the neck. No neurological deficits were noted. Haematology and biochemistry results were unremarkable. Radiography of…

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Magic’s Magic New Hip

Magic, the beautiful 2 year old black Labrador, visited us at the Veterinary Referral Centre to meet our specialist orthopaedic surgeon, Christoph Stork. Her owners reported altered hind limb gait and difficulty when rising from a resting position. Magic was admitted for radiographs which revealed bilateral hip joint subluxation and osteoarthritic changes secondary to the progression of hip dysplasia. On the basis of these findings a total hip joint replacement was…

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Tom-Cooper, The Labrador, Visits The Dentist

Tom-Cooper, the beautiful Labrador, was referred for specialist dental care to assess his teeth after his vets were concerned about severe discoloration of his canine teeth & possible oral pain. After an examination, Tom was diagnosed with “pulp necrosis” of his Canine teeth & had two Root canal treatments performed (which prevented him from having to have the teeth extracted). Treatment for Tom is a two-stage procedure with the initial…

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Approved Training Practice

  On the 15th January of this year, The Veterinary Referral Centre received certification as a Veterinary Nursing Approved Training Centre. This is a voluntary accreditation via Plumpton College which sets higher standards of care, guidelines and requirements at a Gold Standard ‘in every aspect’; promoting the highest standards of staff training, veterinary care, customer service, facilities, staff training and development. Routine inspections are performed regularly to ensure compliance with…

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Jack – A Soft Tissue Surgery Case Study

Jack, a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier had a large left-sided rib tumor (suspected to be an Osteosracoma or Chondrosarcoma.) This mass was invading into the chest/thoracic cavity and causing collapse of the left lung. He had fluid build up in the chest cavity (pleural effusion), causing him to have difficulty in breathing (dyspoenia) and cyanosis (insufficient oxygenation). Initial diagnostics were via CT Scanning of the Chest & Abdomen…

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Louie the Maltese Terrier – A Case Study

Louie was a tiny 1.6kg Maltese Terrier that was brought in to the Out of Hours clinic (transferred from a local clinic) after he was attacked by a fox. He was shaken and bitten several times around the chest & abdomen. Findings: Louie had collapsed and in shock after being attacked by a fox. He had laboured breathing and abdominal palpation not possible as he was showed to be in pain around thorax…

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Angus’ Orthopaedics

Gorgeous Angus was suffering from carpal instability so had “Carpal Arthrodesis” surgery with Matthieu to support the joint after he ruptured his ligaments. The surgery fixes the joint in one position and so Angus needed to have 6 weeks cage rest after surgery – but is now doing well although we did have a battle with him to keep his bandages in place – he kept taking them off! Never try telling…

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Here for you over the Holidays…

The Christmas period is traditionally a time when many companies wind down and take a break from work. Many companies work ‘holiday hours’ which means reduced opening hours and/or a smaller team of staff on duty. The Veterinary Referral and Emergency Centre however, is a specialist partner with your primary vet so not only are we available for referral specialist consultation over the holidays, we offer a full Emergency Out…

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Eric

Eric visited us here at The Veterinary Referral Centre to see one of our mobile clinicians Elise Robertson. Eric had chronic nasal discharge and right sided epistaxis (nose bleeds). A nasal mass was suspected; visible in the lower of the three images. This handsome gent was kindly rescued by Croydon Animal Samaritans, but quickly won the hearts of Elise and our team.Elise anaesathised Eric and performed a Rhinoscopy to  examine his nasal…

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A Lovely Testimonial Following Gucci’s The Poodle’s Trip To The Veterinary Referral Centre

“We are so very grateful for all the help and kindness shown by The Veterinary Referral Centre, specifically Hannah the vet and Laura. I was beside myself with worry over our toy poodle Gucci. She was terribly ill and my husband and I thought we may lose her to Pancreatitis. Our case was handled with complete professionalism and with such speed. We will always be thankful and appreciative of the…

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