There are many different reasons why (and where!) your pet may be referred. It is similar to the structure of medical care with humans, with your first point of call being a GP, and then if necessary, being transferred to a relevant specialist in the field.

At some point in your pet’s life, they may be referred to another veterinary surgeon – this may be either an internal referral, or an external referral. Let’s take a look at what that means:

* Internal Referral – this means one of our veterinary surgeons still within Ashfield House Veterinary Hospital will examine your pet and decide on the best course of action.

At Ashfield House, we are very lucky to have multiple Postgraduate Certificate holders in Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Exotics. This involves undertaking several years worth of extra studying and examinations to provide the best care for your pets.

So it may be that your primary care veterinary surgeon will refer you to another vet still within Ashfield House for a second opinion within their area of extra knowledge.

* External Referral – this is when your pet is booked in with another veterinary surgeon, usually working in a Specialist centre. These referrals may be for further advanced imaging (e.g. MRI, CT scan or advanced Echocardiography) or for further medical investigations or surgery.

Referral level veterinary surgeons are usually RCVS Specialists and hold significant amounts of extra qualifications. We work closely with external referral centres to ensure the best continuity of treatment for your pet once they are discharged and returned to our care.

Your primary care veterinary surgeon will be best placed to decide when a referral is necessary, and whether an internal or an external referral is appropriate – if you have any further questions regarding your pet’s care, please speak to your usual vet and they will be more than happy to answer any questions!

Superb treatment of my guinea pig Moogle by Maria, highly recommend. Having moved from a place with an amazing guinea pig specialist (Cardiff) I did a lot of research and tried a couple in Nottingham I wasn’t too happy with, but this place is now locked down as my “YES!” for guinea pigs.

I live in central Nottingham and it’s worth the extra journey for the extra splendid care. Thanks all!


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