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Our ethos is continuity of veterinary and nursing care, pre-operatively, peri-operatively and post-operatively. Our close-knit team of experienced vets and nurses will take your pet through from admission, sedation, anaesthesia, investigations, surgery, recovery, and on into the period of aftercare.

Our surgical suite at Burton on Trent was purpose built, oepning in 2019, and facillities include:

Consulting rooms:

We have six consulting rooms, one of which is used only for cats.

Separate cat and dog kennel rooms:

The cat kennel room is separate from the kennel room for dogs. The cattery is very well sound-proofed, and is located to minimise the risk of patient escape. The individual cats can't see each other.The dog kennels have various sized kenneling suitable for the largest 100kg, the smallest tea-cup breeds, and everything in between. We have secure external cages so that our longer term in-mates can enjoy a breath of fresh air! 

Out of hours patient supervision: 

For cases needing close supervision, we can usually provide this through the night with our on-site nursing cover, as well as through the day. There will be no requirement for you to transport your pet to / from / between between different clinics for on-going hospitalisation. If the patient needs overnight supervision, and if we can't provide this on site, we will transport your pet to and from a neighbouring veterinary hospital that can provide the necessary vet and nurse supervision.

Surgical suite:

We have four spacious operating theatres

We are equipped with a comprehensive range of surgical tools and implants including tools and implants for hip and elbow replacement surgery, and a surgical laser. We have video endoscopy useful for examining the nose, throat, upper airway, oesophagus, stomach and the upper gastrointestinal tract, large bowel and the urogenital tract. We have a high spec Storz arthroscope (2.4mm and 1.9mm) which is most often used for examining elbow and shoulder joints.

We have two operating microscopes for intricate surgery.

Imaging suite:

imaging suite ownersWe have a a high-spec 64-slice CT scanner on site. We assess some scans in house, and some we send away for specialist interpretation. 

Colour flow Doppler ultrasonography is used for detailed ultra-sound investigations. A basic ultrasonography unit is also available for simpler imaging.

We have a digital X-ray (DR) machine, and we also have a Computed radiography (CR) machine, and hand-held X-ray generators which allow follow up radiographs to be taken conscious to check on bone healing, usually while you wait and usually without the need to even sedate your pet.

Our fixed prices include us taking an unlimited number of X-ray exposures of the surgical site on an unlimited number of occasions to monitor healing.

 

laser therapyTherapeutic equipment:

We have a class 4 therapeutic laser as a treatment aid for soft tissue injuries, degenerative joint disease and wound healing.

We have a Sonivet ultrasonic device for stimulating bone healing and this can be hired out for use at home for selected cases.

Patient monitoring equipment:

monitoring equipmentWe have comprehensive patient monitoring equipment at every anaesthetic station in the theatres, imaging rooms and at all the preparation room stations, and we can also use these multi-parameter monitors in kennels.

This allows us to monitor a whole host of physiological parameters before during and after surgery, including ECG, blood oxygen saturation, expired CO2 levels, blood pressure and core temperature. We have multiple HotDog patient warming systems and several cages where we can supply an enriched oxygen environment to cases requiring it.

Laboratory:

laboratory ownersWe do biochemistry, haematology and urinalysis in house, and we can do some in house cytology and microscopy. Laboratory work like histopathology is done externally, with reports often available in just a few days.

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