VRS COVID Level 4 Restrictions
The VRS team will be providing support to referral clinics; however we will be operating with restrictions due to the current circumstances. Our main focus will be on the safety of our staff, family, friends, clients and of course the patients.
All cases will be triaged and a phone consultation will be performed by Dr Millward, if the case is deemed to fall under the ‘Animal Welfare Act’ or if a delay in treatment will have a significant impact on the patient’s outcome, or result in future suffering then treatment will be provided.
Please send through any non-urgent referrals as normal. The VRS team will triage the cases and contact your client’s directly to arrange a future appointment. We will keep all clients updated with possible changes in appointments pending the COVID restrictions.
Please review the attached document for more details on the service VRS can offer during the current lockdown.
Stay safe, look after yourself and family.
Welcome to Veterinary Referral Services
Located within the Hamilton Small Animal Veterinary Centre building, Veterinary Referral Services (VRS), receives companion pet referral case from primary veterinary caregivers when patients require care that is complex, or requires skills ad equipment that is beyond the function of a primary caregiver.
Speak to your vet about making an appointment with us, or feel free to contact us directly for advice. We look forward to assisting you.
We will work closely
with your current Veterinarian
We are not a substitute for your primary care veterinarian and as such we require a referral from your primary veterinarian before taking on a case.
VRS will work and communicate with your primary care veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the best care possible.
We will work closely with your veterinarian and keep them well informed of case development.
We have the Latest Technology
VRS can now offer the PennHIP scoring service in addition to normal radiographic services.
As a PennHIP Certified veterinarian, Ian can test your dogs susceptibility to hip dysplasia using the PennHIP procedure for assessing hip laxity. Studies have shown that dogs with looser hips (excessive laxity) are at higher risk of developing hip dysplasia than dogs with tight hips.
A custom distraction device is used during x-raying to fully reveal hip laxity. Veterinarians must complete specialised training and quality control exercises before becoming certified to perform PennHIP.
A complete PennHip evaluation includes office consultation,sedation/anaesthesia and submission of 3 radiographs to the University of Pennsylvania.