What is a Specialist Referral?
Referral to a veterinary specialist is similar to what happens with humans that need to see a specialist doctor (such as an Oncologist).
Most conditions can be handled by your general practice vet, but when a disease is severe or complicated, your pet may need help from a veterinarian who has had additional training in a certain field.
These often include:
- Internal medicine (e.g. Diabetes and other endocrine diseases, kidney and liver disease, neurological diseases, seizures, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems)
- Surgery, (complicated fracture repair, spinal problems, reconstructive surgery)
- Emergency and Critical Care (this is a very wide speciality and covers all urgent conditions. Critical care involves intensive monitoring of patients in hospital often requiring one-on-one nursing care and frequent veterinary examinations and interventions. In human medicine, this is called an ICU or intensive care unit and we have most of the same equipment, medications and therapies that humans have including blood transfusions, ventilation and dialysis)
- Oncology (diagnosis and staging, chemotherapy, cryosurgery, electrochemothrapy)
- Specialized imaging (ultrasound, echocardiography, CT and MRI.)
- Ophthalmology (eye problems, glaucoma, corneal ulceration)
- Dermatology (skin diseases, allergies, ear problems)
Perth Vet Emergency has longstanding relationships with many registered specialists, and can make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth referral process if it is required.