HAMILTON COVID Level 3
VRS is currently under COVID level 3 restrictions until further notice.
We are currently experiencing a higher than usual case load.
Non-urgent cases currently have a 5 week delay for an appointment booking with Dr Millward. Please make sure your clients are aware of this delay before submitting a case to avoid any disappointment.
We endeavour to provide the best care in a timely manner for you and your clients.
Stay safe from the VRS team.
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.