In veterinary care there are specialists in different clinical areas, just as there are in human medicine and surgery.
For humans, their first port of call is often their GP; with small animals pet owners will establish a good relationship with their local veterinary practitioner who is qualified and experienced in dealing with the majority of common illnesses that your cat or dog may experience.
Sometimes however, the problem may need more specialist investigations or treatments – and just as a specialist at hospital may see the pet owner, Northwest Veterinary Specialists provides that highly experienced and qualified intervention for animals who may need surgical or medical care.
Our veterinary specialists have undergone extensive training in specific medical disciplines (i.e. anaesthesia and analgesia, internal medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology). Before becoming a specialist, a veterinary surgeon must have carried out an approved residency programme (usually lasting 3 years) during which he/she has been trained with high standards to treat a variety of diseases affecting the small and large animals. In addition, during the residency programme veterinary surgeons are expected to publish papers & case reports in peer-reviewed international scientific journals before they can sit the final in-depth examination to become diplomates. Diplomates are then recognised as veterinary specialists by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons . This precise process of board certification creates specialists who are ready to serve the public, its animals, and the veterinary profession by providing high quality service in different veterinary disciplines. You can find out more about our extensive team here.
Our Nurses and Support Staff
The development of our nursing and animal care colleagues is encouraged through our commitment to continuous training, which enables them to actively support surgical, medical & diagnostic procedures and play a vital role in the rehabilitation of the pets in our care. All our nurses are qualified veterinary nurses, with many going on to achieve their Advanced Diploma. Our team provide a gold standard of patient monitoring and attention to their comfort.
We also have a number of Animal Nursing Auxiliaries as part of our team, who support the nursing staff by providing your pet with feeding, cleanliness and TLC!
Providing your pet with specialist veterinary knowledge and expertise is only half the story – you also want to feel confident that investigations and procedures are being carried out in the safest and most technologically advanced clinic available.
Northwest Veterinary Specialists is an RCVS accredited small animal hospital. This means we have undergone a rigorous assessment and inspection process to assure you, the pet owner that we can offer the very best levels of care.
Our specialist imaging equipment includes an in-house MRI scanner, CT scanner, two X-ray suites, ultrasound scanning and a wide range of endoscopic imaging equipment. On the surgical side we have operating theatres which are positive pressure ventilated – this has a dramatic improvement on infection control. The latest monitoring and maintenance equipment in anaesthesia reduces risk to your pet and can also provide critical care in the immediate postoperative period.