AVC referrals, based at Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital, offers referral services in a range of disciplines in new, purpose-built, state of the art premises. We offer an approachable, local referral service with emphasis on client care and communication with both the client and the referring veterinary surgeon.

We offer services in the following disciplines:

  • SOFT TISSUE SURGERY - all areas covered including upper airway surgery, thoracic surgery and complex oncological reconstructive surgery.

  • ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY - lameness investigation including arthroscopic investigation of forelimb lameness, fracture repair, developmental joint disease and minimally invasive cruciate disease management.

  • DERMATOLOGY - investigation and treatment of all types of skin conditions including intradermal allergy testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy.

Our separate surgical and diagnostic imaging suite offers the following state of the art facilities:

  • Positively-pressured clean theatre
  • High frequency x-ray with Bucky table
  • Video endoscopy and arthroscopy
  • Colour Doppler Ultrasound scanner
  • Full range of orthopaedic equipment with piped air for air driven equipment
  • Anaesthetic monitoring equipment including capnography, pulse oximetry, NIBP monitoring, core body temperature and ECG
  • "Bair Hugger" patient warmer
  • Incubator
  • Visiting mobile MRI scanner

Patients are cared for in a separate ward by dedicated nurses studying for their nursing diplomas. Dedicated night nurses allow care of critically ill patients and constant monitoring of patients post surgery.

We have access to an in-house laboratory equipped with an ilab 300 plus wet chemistry analyser (biochemistry profiles, fructosamine, bile acids, phenobarbitone), Cell-Dyn 3500CS 5 part differential haematology analyser, Immulite immunoassay analyser (T4, TSH, cortisol,B12,TLI, folate) and electrolyte analyser. The lab is staffed by a dedicated technician who holds a degree in microbiology and physiology.

We are very happy to discuss cases with colleagues and give advice without referral.