Or you can either:
- Phone our direct referral line on 01425 485613
- Fax a referral form on 01425 480849 (see buttons below)
- Email a referral form to firstname.lastname@example.org (see buttons below)
- Post a referral form to: (see buttons below)
Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists LLP
Unit 6, Forest Corner Farm
Should you require a referral form, either download it from the buttons below or telephone the reception staff who can send one by fax or post.
Referral forms should be accompanied by a full medical history, including laboratory results and radiographs if possible. This may be done online, email, fax or post.
On receipt of the referral form, the referral department will contact your client directly to arrange an appointment. They will also inform you, the referring veterinary surgeon, of the arranged appointment by email or telephone.
Referral of a case for ultrasound only
Please use form R3
We are happy to take referrals of dogs* solely for ultrasound scanning provided they satisfy certain criteria.
*Please note that cats always require sedcation and therefore should not be referred for ultrasound only.
- The patient is clinically stable and fit to travel.
- The client is aware that they will neither see a specialist nor receive treatment.
- Ultrasonography can be performed without sedation.
Ultrasound only appointments are only available on weekdays during normal working hours. If your client wishes to have a consultation with one of our specialists after the ultrasound examination, a standard referral can be arranged on a separate occasion and the usual fees will apply.
These patients are seen as day-patients, and we will not usually discuss our findings with their owners directly, but will send a detailed report to you as soon as possible so that you may liaise with owners and plan case management. Unfortunately, we are unable to carry out invasive procedures such as biopsies or cystocentesis on these patients, as they are day-patients. If you would like us to do so, we do need to have a full referral consultation to ensure we are fully aware of all aspects of the patient's problem and can make arrangements for sedation or anaesthesia and monitoring after the procedure.
Ultrasound scans will be performed fully conscious. If the patient is painful, aggressive or anxious sedation will be required and referral to our internal medicine or surgery service is recommended.
What clients can expect on the day of the ultrasound scan:
On arrival at SCVS, clients are received by a veterinary intern. A brief examination is performed and consent form is signed by the client. Following recovery of the pet, the client is telephoned to establish a time of collection. The discharge form will state: “Your own veterinary surgeon will be in contact with you to report on the findings of the scan".
Payment will ordinarily be taken prior to discharge, although we can arrange direct insurance claims once policy details have been verified by us.
Reading X-Rays and ECGs
Our specialists are happy to receive these for interpretation. Please complete the appropriate form (see buttons below) and enclose together by post or email. We offer several levels of service at the following prices:
- Interpretation of radiographs (use Form IM1)
- Interpretation of ECGs (use Form IM2)
Please note that, as ultrasound is such a dynamic procedure, we are unable to report on individual ultrasound images or videos.