Since 2006, we’ve been one of the country’s leading veterinary specialist centres with vets and their teams caring for your cats and dogs every single day.
Our dedicated vets, nurses and nursing assistants, supported by the administrative teams, are committed to providing the highest quality surgical and medical care to look after your pets and to support you.
Many of our clinicians are nationally or internationally recognised Specialists in their field and bring unique experiences to the care of your pets. Every member of the team works together in one location to support every aspect of your pet’s treatment and recovery, whichever service they may need.
Our surgical suites are state-of-the-art, and we have on-site MRI, ultrasound and CT scanners to ensure we can provide the treatment and diagnostic capabilities that your pet needs. Your vet will refer your pet to us when needed, as they trust that we will provide the very best specialist led care that they need.
We cover the following services at our practice in Hampshire, all in a friendly, relaxed, caring environment:
- Cardiology (heart related conditions)
- Dermatology (skin issues)
- Diagnostic imaging (scans)
- Feline Hyperthyroid Clinic
- Neurology and Neurosurgery (the brain, spine and nervous system)
- Internal medicine (internal diseases and complex illnesses)
- Oncology (cancer care)
- Orthopaedic surgery (broken bones)
- Pain clinic
- Soft tissue surgery (operations on organs)
What is a Veterinary Specialist?
We have a range of Specialists and nurses just like in a human hospital, who are experts in their field, and they lead teams of dedicated individuals looking after you and your pet.
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specifies what qualifications and extra training a vet must have to call themselves a Specialist; it is much like seeing a consultant in a hospital.
Vets in general practice who have done self-directed learning and attended courses can take an exam documenting their self-improvement, experience and knowledge – this is called a ‘Certificate’ and it is usually in a specific subject area and the letters after their name would show that they have taken this exam e.g. CertAVP (medicine)
This is different to a specialist and to become a Specialist, a vet has to train directly under other Specialists focusing their time almost exclusively on their area of desired specialism for a minimum of three years; this period is usually called a Residency. They will do between three- and five-years training in their discipline and must publish clinical research in order to be eligible to take Board examinations to become a Diplomate and ultimately a recognised specialist in their field.
This is the highest level of expertise that a vet can attain in the UK. The letters after their name will start with a ‘Dip’ or ‘D’ (eg DipECVIM means Diploma in Small Animal Medicine). This then entitles the vet to call themselves a Veterinary Specialist and the vet will be able to apply to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to be registered as a RCVS Recognised Specialist in their field. This is a peer reviewed process – they also have to reaccredit this status every five years, demonstrating that they are still up to date and active in their field.
www.rcvs.org.uk - Click on Find a Vet for information on Specialist qualifications and to find Specialists. This page also gives information on seeking a second opinion or a referral to a Specialist.
www.ebvs.org - This website links to all the European Specialist Colleges and also lists all the Specialists in all the disciplines throughout Europe. You can click on the links to the Specialist Colleges and find out more about what training European Specialists have to do to gain their Diploma.
www.yourvetspecialist.org - This link takes you to the British College of Veterinary Specialists. This gives information on how to determine if the vet you are seeing is a Specialist or is residency trained (ie eligible to become a Specialist).