The veterinary surgeons in this practice recognise that in some instances a case may be outside their area of competence and will, therefore, refer it to a colleague who they are satisfied has additional skills to carry out the investigations or treatment involved.
The client may not be clear on the distinction between a second opinion and a referral. A second opinion is merely for confirmation of diagnosis. A referral is for diagnosis and possible treatment in a case which requires specialist knowledge or facilities that are not available in this practice – after which the case will be referred back to our practice.
It is practice policy to encourage clients to obtain a second opinion, either within the practice or at a neighbouring practice, if there is any doubt over a diagnosis.
We hold days in house with specialist veterinary surgeons from other practices periodically to save you travelling your horse to a hospital.
We can also recommend a number of referral centres and we will make the clinical records and any x-rays or laboratory tests, relevant to the case, available to the referring practice.