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Recognised specialists in a variety of fields


Recognised specialists in a variety of fields

  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Interventional Service
  • TDDS On-site Laboratory


At SCVS, our anaesthesia service is led by Specialists and a Residency trained Clinician in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia (Pain Management), supported by Anaesthesia Residents, Interns and Anaesthesia Nurses. The priority of our team is to ensure the safety and comfort of your pet before, during and after procedures whilst they are with us. Depending on the procedure to be performed, your pet may be sedated or anaesthetised. Whilst you may not meet the anaesthetist responsible for your pet, be assured that we remain in constant contact with sedated and anaesthetised animals during the entire procedure, right through until the animal is awake and responsive. For this reason, we are not always available to meet owners.

General anaesthesia is often something that worries owners, particularly since many have experienced it themselves. At SCVS we use modern drugs and techniques to ensure that every animal in our care remains as calm as possible throughout its stay. A thorough patient assessment will be carried out following discussion with the primary care Clinician, and an anaesthetic plan will be prepared for your pet.

A cannula will be placed in a vein (usually in one of the legs), so that we can administer drugs and fluids during the anaesthetic. You may notice that some other parts of your pet’s body have been clipped – possibly the back, tail, ears or more than one leg. These areas will have been prepared for placement of secondary intravenous cannulae, epidural injections, or sites for placement of a cannula in an artery so that we can accurately monitor blood pressure in certain animals. This is perfectly normal and is for the safety and benefit of the patient.

Pain management is paramount and we often combine a variety of drugs, including local anaesthesia to make sure every patient is as comfortable as possible.

Our sophisticated anaesthetic equipment is identical to that used in human hospitals, and we monitor a range of parameters such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels and body temperature.

Once the procedure is over, dedicated ward or intensive care Nurses will closely monitor your pet. If your pet requires critical care then anaesthetists are often involved in this too.

Frequently asked questions:

If I am concerned, can I meet an anaesthetist to discuss my pet’s wellbeing? Anaesthetists work very much ‘behind the scenes’ and owners rarely get to meet us. Your clinician will usually discuss anaesthetic considerations with you, as our anaesthetists spend the majority of their time patient-side, working closely with your pet, ensuring the well-being of all patients requiring sedation and anaesthesia. However, if you have any
concerns you would wish to discuss directly with one of the anaesthetists, one of our team will be more than happy to come and chat with you.

Will my pet be painful after surgery? The anaesthetists work hard to ensure that any potential or existing pain your pet may experience is managed appropriately. Analgesia is of paramount importance to promote a rapid recovery and to get your pet back home with you. Each patient will have an individualised analgesic plan depending on any pre-existing pain and the type of surgery planned. Postoperatively, pain management will continue and your pet will be assessed frequently to ensure comfort. A patient will only be discharged from the practice once we are satisfied that any remaining pain is mild and can be adequately managed at home with painkillers given by the owner.

What are the risks of general anaesthesia? The risk of a pet dying under anaesthesia is undoubtedly one of the major concerns that owners have when leaving their animal in the hands of veterinary professionals. Whilst there are thousands of blogs and chat rooms discussing which anaesthetics are safe or unsafe for a variety of animal species and breeds, evidence underlying these remarks is usually lacking. When an anaesthetic goes wrong in some way, this often leads to an assumption that a drug or a technique must be to blame, which is usually not the case. There are many misconceptions when it comes to pedigree animals, especially about which sedative and anaesthetic drugs can or cannot be used in particular breeds. Our staff are highly trained and experienced in anaesthesia and our aim is to minimise any risk to your pet.

However, unfortunately, with any procedure, sedation or anaesthetic, there is always a degree of risk, but this risk is very small. There are things we can do to make anaesthesia safer – by tailoring an anaesthetic plan to your pet’s circumstances, age and condition we can reduce this risk. Additionally, because every anaesthetic at SCVS is carried out under the supervision of a dedicated and trained veterinary anaesthetist, we are able to detect any problems and deal with them quickly.

Very sick animals are understandably at greater risk of suffering a complication and, because of this, will have more members of the practice team working to make them better. Our multidisciplinary team work closely with one another so that your pet can benefit from all areas of expertise that we are able to offer. If you have concerns regarding anaesthesia, one of our anaesthetists will usually be able to discuss this risk with you.

Can I pay extra for a ‘safer’ anaesthetic? As the saying goes ‘there are no safe anaesthetics, only safe anaesthetists’! At SCVS we would never choose an inappropriate anaesthetic plan because it is cheaper. Your pet will always have an individualised anaesthetic or sedation plan, taking into account any pre-existing conditions, pain, age and the procedure to be performed. So you cannot pay extra for a ‘safer anaesthetic’ as your pet will always have the very best care and attention from our highly skilled team.

Anaethesia - Information sheets

Sedation & General Anaesthesia

Your Pet's Pain


We have one of the largest and most experienced teams of Specialist Cardiologists in the country. We offer a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional cardiology service; however, we enjoy the challenge of all cardiology cases no matter how simple or complex the problem. We provide a practical and affordable cardiology referral service, ensuring that the clients' and animals' needs always come first.

Our team of cardiology specialists at SCVS have considerable experience in referral and first opinion practice, so we understand what vets and animal owners want from a referral service. Meet the team.

We will make the referral process easy for you. Referred animals will be seen promptly. We will always take the time to understand and discuss the pet’s problem and explain what investigations we feel are required and why.

We always take time to explain clearly what we have discovered after investigation and how we can help.

Reports are written to the referring vet within 24 hours of consultation.

We will always try to attain a satisfactory solution within your client's budget. We want to help, so don’t hesitate to call and discuss the problem, even if it is just for advice.

Services and Facilities

Consultations in Cardiology

Investigation of:  

  • Heart murmur
  • Arrhythmia
  • Collapse/syncope/seizures
  • Reduced exercise ability
  • Cough
  • Breathing abnormalities

State-of-the-art Equipment


  • Echocardiography (GE Vivid 7 Dimension, offering the highest quality 2D, M-mode, spectral, colour and tissue Doppler)


  • 12 channel ECG recording/monitoring
  • Digital ambulatory ECG monitoring (Holter) - allows ECG recording in the home environment for up to 7 days
  • ECG telemetry for remote monitoring of critical patients
  • Implantable reveal devices - subcutaneous ECG devices useful for investigation of intermittent collapse

Thoracic Radiography

Direct (DR) digital for instant high quality thoracic radiographs - often without the need for sedation.

Thoracic CT & Angio-CT

Siemens Somatom Perspective -  64-slice ECG gated CT (advanced cardiac imaging useful for complex congenital heart disease).

Full Interventional Cardiology Service  

  • Percutaneous closure of PDAs using ACDO (Amplatz)
  • Balloon valvuloplasty (pulmonic stenosis)
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation (single and dual chamber)
  • Surgical ligation of PDAs (patients <3-4kg)
  • Pericardectomy (surgical and thoracoscopic)
  • Pericardiocentesis

Heart Testing for Breeders

Four specialist cardiologists on panel for auscultation and echocardiography testing.

Free telephone advice on radiographs and ECGs submitted for interpretation.

To refer a case, please click here.

Cardiology - Information sheets

Mitral Valve Clinic




Our Dermatology department has all the facilities required for investigation of dermatological cases, including on-site intra-dermal allergy testing, histopathology, cultures, CT and MRI scanning for investigation of ear diseases.

Typical conditions we can help with include:

  • Investigation of pruritus
  • Allergy testing
  • Ectoparasitosis
  • Pyoderma
  • Alopecia and hormonal disorders
  • Keratinization disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Feet and claw diseases
  • Control of atopic dermatitis (controlling skin allergies) 
  • Chronic or recurrent otitis (in conjunction with our soft tissue surgery & neurology)
  • Skin neoplasia (in conjunction with our soft tissue surgeons and internal medicine specialists)

We are available for telephone consultations for veterinary surgeons who may want to discuss a referral or need advice for cases that cannot be referred.

To refer a case, please click here.

Dermatology - Information sheets

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis Treatment 

Canine Flank Alopecia

Canine Demodicosis 

Cat & Dog Allergies

Diagnostic Imaging

SCVS has a team veterinary specialist radiologists and a resident who is working towards her specialism under their close supervision. Meet the team who work closely with all of our other disciplines, to provide the best and most cost effective imaging for our patients. Our diagnostic imaging facility is one of the most advanced in the UK.


Available 7 days a week with same-day reporting by our specialist radiologists. Unlike most other MRI facilities in the UK, our 1.5 tesla Hallmarq scanner is designed specifically for small animal veterinary use. This allows us to optimise image quality for the great variety of shapes and sizes of our patients. In comparison with low-field scanners (0.2-0.4 tesla) images are produced in a shorter period of time and are of much higher resolution; anaesthesia time is minimised and the scans are of greater diagnostic value.

CT Scanning

Available 7 days a week with same-day reporting by our specialist radiologists. Our 64 slice sate-of-art Siemens scanner produces rapid high resolution scans allowing many patients to be scanned under sedation rather than general anaesthesia. Cardiac gating software allows us to eliminate motion blur and obtain detailed images of the heart and computer software is used to manipulate cross-sectional images for multi-planar and 3D imaging.

Abdominal Ultrasound & Ultrasound-guided Biopsies

All non-cardiac ultrasound examinations are performed by a board-certified specialist or a resident in training under the direct supervision of a specialist. We use a top of the range Samsung RS-80 with prestige machine which while largely used to image the abdominal organs, also gives us high resolution images of the musculoskeletal system (to allow diagnoses of tendon and ligament pathology) and of the neck (to diagnose thyroid and parathyroid pathology).  Ultrasound is an excellent technique for detecting pathology, however definitive diagnoses required tissue sampling.  Our experienced and skilled radiologists use ultrasound guidance, often under a short sedation, to sample organs and save the need for more invasive (and expensive) procedures.


We have 2 mobile image intensifiers which allow us to view instant moving x-ray images. Our mobile Siemens Siremobil is used mainly for soft tissue and cardiology procedures and our Hologic mini C-arm is used primarily for orthopaedic procedures.


We have a direct digital (DR) x-ray system which produces superb quality images in a matter of seconds. All of our imaging facilities are fully digital and are stored on our PACS server. Images can be accessed on any of the computers around the practice, so that they can be viewed in the operating theatres and shown to clients in the consulting rooms.

Radiography reporting - a verbal report is free of charge. Both hard copies and digital images are welcome (films or DICOM images are required for a written report). Our radiologists are able to liase with other specialist departments within SCVS to give you the best possible advice.

To refer a case, please click here.

Diagnostic Imaging - Information sheets

What is Ultrasound Scanning?

Internal Medicine

The medicine department is supported by a dedicated team of veterinary nurses and interns. Our Medicine team are passionate about providing the highest standards of care for their patients.

The medical team have the benefit of working alongside other specialists in neurology, cardiology, surgery and dermatology; as well as our specialist diagnostic imagers. This enables us to adopt an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to patients with complex problems.

Our medical facilities include:

  • Fully equipped professional laboratory (TDDS Ltd) on site
  • Olympus video endoscopy
  • Colour flow Doppler ultrasound using the latest state-of-the-art scanners (GE Logic 9 and GE Vivid 7)
  • Direct digital (DR) X-ray
  • On-site high field MRI
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • On-site 4 slice helical CT with 3D reconstruction and virtual endoscopy
  • Separate air-conditioned cat and dog wards, staffed by qualified nurses and interns 24/7 every single day of the year

To refer a case, please click here.

Internal Medicine - Information sheets

Mast cell tumour

Pancreatitis in dogs and cats


Our Oncology referral service is run by our medical oncologists. The service is supported by a dedicated team of veterinary nurses and interns. The Oncology Department work closely with our multidisciplinary team to provide the best care to their patients.

Oncology is a branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. At SCVS we offer medical support for pets diagnosed with cancer from the time of diagnosis and throughout the course of the disease. Our oncologist are committed to ensure that all pets with cancer enjoy an exceptional quality of life, while receiving the most up to date anti-cancer treatments.

Diagnostic facilities offered on site include:

  • Fully equipped professional laboratory (TDDS Ltd) on site
  • On-site 64 slice state of art Siemens  CT with 3D reconstruction, with the possibility to obtain CT guided biopsies
  • Top of the range Samsung RS-80 with prestige ultrasonography
  • On-site high field MRI
  • Direct digital (DR) x-ray

The Oncology Department are available for telephone consultations for veterinary surgeons who may want to discuss a referral or need advice for cases that cannot be referred.

To refer a case, please click here.

Oncology - Information sheets


Chemotherapy: An Owner's Guide


The orthopaedic service at SCVS is one of busiest in the South and run by the Orthopaedic Department. Meet the team. We offer fixed price TPLOs and a unique surgical guarantee for a number of our orthopaedic procedures. For hip replacement (life-long) and for tibial plateau levelling osteotomies (TPLOs) (for one year) we are so confident of our success rate that we will treat any complications directly relating to the procedure free of charge. We are not aware of any other referral centre in the UK that offers this guarantee.

The department uses state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including digital radiography, fluoroscopy, CT and MRI to identify problems in the joints, muscle or bone. At SCVS we have a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care, and surgical patients benefit from input from neurology, cardiology, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging colleagues when required. The surgical facilities are extensive allowing SCVS to treat a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Lameness investigation
  • Arthrodesis (joint fusion)
  • Arthroscopic investigation and treatment of joint disease
  • Hip dysplasia investigation and management (incl Triple Pelvic Osteotomy and Juvenile Pubic Symphodesis)
  • Cemented and uncemented canine and feline total hip replacement (Helica and BioMedtrix)
  • Sliding humeral osteotomy (SHO)
  • Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL)
  • Biomedtrix total knee replacement (TKR)
  • Management of bone and joint tumours
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease (Tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) and tightrope techniques)
  • Linear and Circular external skeletal fixation, locking plates and screws for the management of complex fractures and angular limb deformities

All of the orthopaedic cases receive comprehensive 24-hour care from our dedicated and highly skilled nursing staff. Unlike many other referral centres we have qualified physiotherapists on site who play a vital role in rehabilitating patients following surgery.

To refer a case, please click here.

Orthopaedics - Information sheets



Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture

Patellar Luxation

Neurology & Neurosurgery

The neurology department benefits from our three state-of-the-art operating theatres, electrodiagnostic equipment, in-house high-field MRI and CT scanners to diagnose and treat neurological conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles of cats and dogs. Meet the team.

All of our neurology cases receive comprehensive 24-hour care from our dedicated and highly-skilled nursing staff. Unlike many other referral centres, we have qualified physiotherapists on site who play a vital role in rehabilitating patients following surgery. In addition, we are the only private referral centre in the UK with both an MRI guided neuronavigation system (Brainsight 2) and a highly specialised ultrasonic surgical aspirator (SonoCure). Using Brainsight we are able to obtain minimally invasive brain biopsies in order to achieve an exact diagnosis of lesions identified on MRI. Furthermore brain turmours that would previously have been inoperable due to their deep location can be removed using the Brainsight neuronavigation system.

The SonoCure is used in the management of soft tissue, brain and spinal cord tumours. Using the SonoCure which is able to fragment tumour tissue, removal of all abnormal tissue is more likely to be achieved, whilst minimising damage to surrounding vital structures.

Typical conditions we can help with include:

  • Seizures
  • Brain tumours (cancer)
  • Brain infarcts (stroke)
  • Vestibular disease (balance problems)
  • Brain malformations (hydrocephalus, caudal occipital malformation syndrome with associated syringohydromyelia)
  • Encephalitis and/or meningitis (inflammation or infections of the brain and meninges)
  • Intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc)
  • Vertebral fractures and luxations (spinal fractures)
  • Spinal cord tumours (cancer)
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism (spinal cord stroke)
  • Myelitis (inflammation or infections of the spinal cord)
  • Wobbler syndrome
  • Diseases of muscles or nerves (myopathies or neuropathies)
  • Myasthenia gravis

To refer a case, please click here.

Neurology & Neurosurgery - Information sheets

Degenerative Myelopathy


Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy

SCVS has a hydrotherapy/physiotherapy suite, run by the Physio and Hydro Department - fully qualified animal physiotherapists with a team of support assistants. This ensures that all patients receive appropriate physical therapy post-operatively and during their convalescence for optimum recovery. Meet the team.

Rehabilitation following neurological and orthopaedic injury or disease is well established in people and is considered a key component of recovery. Our aim is to maintain comfort and return our patients to activity as quickly as possible. We are able to achieve optimum recovery because of the combined ongoing reassessment of the physiotherapist and specialist veterinary surgeons.

The goals of physical therapy are to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities in patients with injury or disease. Physical therapy is also used to reduce swelling, inflammation, muscle spasm, promote healing and prevent secondary complications.

To achieve these goals various items of equipment and therapeutic modalities are available to aid recovery.

  • Underwater treadmill
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Thermotherapy (heat and cold application)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Specific exercise equipment including physiotherapy-rolls, wobble boards, air-filled cushions and cavaletti rails

With the cooperation of the owner, physiotherapist and the veterinarian, all patients are provided with home exercises and equipment tailored to match their particular requirements. A plan of care and physical therapy is instituted immediately after surgery and continued until the patient leaves the hospital whereupon owners are shown how to perform rehabilitation exercises with their pet at home.

All rehabilitation exercises are demonstrated by our staff to ensure that owners feel comfortable and happy applying physical therapy.

At SCVS, every orthopaedic and neurological condition we treat is provided with some form of physical therapy. We also accept external referrals for neurological and post-operative orthopaedic case.

To refer a case, please click here.

Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy - Information sheets

What is animal physiotherapy?

Rehabilitation for post cruciate surgery

Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

Rehabilitation of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

Soft Tissue Surgery

The Soft Tissue referral service at SCVS is provided by our Soft Tissue Department. Meet the team.

The Soft Tissue Department accept a wide variety of general surgery cases referred by general practitioners, in addition to working closely with the Cardiology, Dermatology, Diagnostic Imaging, Neurology and Internal medicine services within the practice. Our three state-of-the-art operating theatres and diagnostic equipment, including digital radiography, endoscopy, fluoroscopy, in-house CT scanner and MRI scanners are available to ensure comprehensive investigation of all conditions.

The Soft Tissue Surgery Service is supported by a team of highly motivated interns and nurses providing 24-hour care for the hospitalised patients. Our surgeons are also available for telephone consultations with veterinary surgeons who may want to discuss a referral or need advice for cases that cannot be referred.

Soft tissue surgery is a very varied discipline and includes:

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

  • Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy and ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Brachycephalic airway disease, laryngeal paralysis and tracheal collapse
  • Investigation of nasal discharge

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Pericardiectomy and patent ductus arteriosus ligation
  • Intercostal thoracotomy/median sternotomy
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Mediastinal mass resection
  • Diaphragmatic rupture/peritoneo-pericardial diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Management of chylothorax

Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Surgery

  • A range of gastrointestinal surgeries are performed from elective gastropexy to management of peritonitis
  • Portosystemic shunt investigation and attenuation utilising biliary bypass procedures
  • Mesenteric portography
  • CT angiography
  • Perineal surgery
  • Adrenalectomy

Wound Management and Oncological Surgical Reconstruction

  • Complex reconstruction following mass resection
  • Mandibulectomy/maxillectomy
  • Thoracic/body wall reconstruction

Urogenital Surgery

  • Investigation and treatment of urinary incontinence using cystoscopy and CT urography
  • Ureteric stenting

Palliative Care

  • Gastrotomy tubes
  • Low-profile cystostomy tubes

To refer a case, please click here.

Soft Tissue Surgery - Information sheets

What is a perineal hernia?

Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)

Interventional Service

SCVS has one of the most experienced interventional teams in the UK when it comes to minimally invasive or percutaneous/pervascular (keyhole) procedures. In fact, we have pioneered a number of interventional procedures, which are not offered anywhere else in the UK. For example, our technique for percutaneous PDA closures, allows us to close PDAs in patients as small as 1kg and preserve the femoral artery, which is not possible with the more routinely used ACDO technique. We are the first centre in the UK, in cooperation with the University of Giessen, to develop a new method of percutaneously closing intrahepatic shunt with superior outcome compared to other methods.

Our portfolio of interventional techniques is continously growing and and covers all organ systems such as:

TDDS On-site Laboratory

Having a professional laboratory on site means that accurate reporting and interpretation of laboratory results is available for patients in the hospital. This is particularly important for critically ill patients and for samples that deteriorate with time such as cerebrospinal fluid cytology.

Torrance Diamond Diagnostics Services provide laboratory services to practices throughout the UK as well as patients at SCVS. For more information please see TDDS's website.