What is a veterinary specialist?

  • A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed at least 3-4 years of post-graduate training in a specific field.
  • An internship and residency programme are undertaken under close supervision at approved specialist centres where skills are honed by dealing with hundreds of challenging cases.  Publication of peer-reviewed papers and completion of a research project are required and lectures must be presented to a scientific audience.
  • Success must be achieved in an arduous exam process before the title “Specialist” may be used.

Why see a veterinary specialist?

  • Your family veterinarian provides the primary and daily care for your pet.  However, as in human medicine, there are some cases that require advanced skills, expertise and equipment to provide the best possible surgical treatments.
  • Vetspecs is a collaborative team of small animal specialists in surgery .  We are part of a national and international network of specialists 100% dedicated to providing the next level of care for your pet.
  • Our team is committed to ensuring that you and your pet are treated with the utmost compassion and care.  We are pet owners too and understand the importance of the bond between you and your companion.

The referral process

  • Vetspecs sees patients by referral only.  Your veterinarian may suggest referral or you can request that your pet be referred to Vetspecs at any time.
  • An appointment can be scheduled by you or your veterinarian.  Please ask your clinic to fax or email all relevant case notes and laboratory results.  Please bring any radiographs with you.
  • The initial consultation at Vetspecs is usually for 30-60 minutes.  Diagnostic and treatment options will be discussed with you and cost estimates given.
  • Your pet may be admitted immediately or booked for further tests or surgery at a later date.
  • All findings will be discussed with you and reports issued to your veterinarian.
  • As we are a referral clinic only, we do not carry out procedures such as routine health checks, vaccinations, flea treatments or dentals.


How is my pet looked after in your hospital?

  • We genuinely care for all of our patients as if they were our own.  We recognise this is a worrying time for you and your pet.
  • We customise our care plan case by case and with 24 hour care, your pet will have the highest level of personal attention.
  • Cats are hospitalised away from noisy dogs.
  • We carry out customised feeding, exercise/play, physiotherapy, bathing and grooming as individually required.
  • We have clean, comfortable cages and bedding, for example orthopaedic mattresses, electric blankets and incontinence sheets.