Referral Vets

What is a Referral Vet?

If your pet has a complex health condition, and therefore specialist care may need to take place, then a veterinary referral vet is the best option. The referral process might take place if your regular veterinary professional decides that they can’t provide suitable care for your animal, be it because of expertise in the field, or because they don’t offer suitable facilities for your pet’s care.

Alternatively, if you wish for your pet to be taken care of by a more experienced and specialist vet, you can also ask your general practice veterinarian for a referral. Once the treatment comes to an end with the referral vet, the pet can then be back to the care of their local vet if needed.

In case you don’t know why your pet was referred to a specialist, talk to your pet’s general vet for more information, but bear in mind that a referral veterinary practice may acquire board-certified accreditation, and therefore, not all general veterinary practices can offer the service.

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Can I Self-Referral My Pet?

If you would like to get a second opinion regarding your pet’s condition and treatment from another veterinary practitioner, you can ask your regular vet to refer your pet to us. A referral should not be done by yourself as we may need information about your pet, such as your pet’s history, and although a veterinary practitioner cannot refuse to give you your pet’s history, here at Davies Referral Vets, we highly recommend that you talk to your pet’s veterinarian about the referral.


Why Take My Pet to a Referral Veterinary Practice?

As mentioned above, not all regular veterinary practitioners carry the necessary accreditation to treat particular areas of veterinary. Therefore, a referral vet might be able to offer better treatment options and knowledge in the specific area.

There may also be facilities that a general veterinary practice may not offer, but here at Davies, we also offer a range of facilities to help treat your pet as best as we can. Our facilities may include cutting-edge facilities such as CT and MRI scans, surgery theatres, and more.

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Which Services a Referral Vet May Offer?

At Davies Veterinary Specialists, we carry one of the highest qualifications in the UK, so you can be at peace of mind once your pet is in our care. Our qualifications and specialised veterinarians allow us to offer a range of services to treat your pet. The services may include:



Davies’s cutting-edge diagnostic facilities can identify many different issues and conditions in the nervous system, and our veterinary neurologists are highly qualified to treat your pet as required.



Our dermatologists may identify the most complex skin conditions and disorders, while offering the best treatment and care for your pet. Whether other specialists in our facilities may be necessary to diagnose and treat your pet, our dermatology specialists can consult other team members for better understanding.


Orthopaedic Surgery

Our surgeons are qualified to treat many musculoskeletal conditions in small animals, so whether your pet needs a fracture repair or a joint surgery, Davies veterinary specialists can help.



Whether your pet needs cataract surgery or a treatment for glaucoma, our referral vets can help them.  Eye conditions are very common in small animals, and we are happy to help!


Emergency Services

At Davies, we not only offer specialist services but also emergency services. Our team of specialists can help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If your pet needs an emergency service, please contact your regular veterinary practician to refer your pet to us.


Other Specialists Services

Our referral veterinary practice also offers many other specialist services such as anaesthesia, dentistry surgery, internal medicine, oncology, therapy services, and more. If you would like to refer a pet to us, or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer premium care for all pets referred to us, and we will treat them as if they were our own. Our team members are highly trained and passionate about what they do, be they veterinary specialists, veterinary nurses, or interns. We aim to reply to any referral as fast as possible, be it an emergency or not.

If you would like to discover more about Davies facilities, services, or about our team, browse our website, otherwise, get in touch with us.

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