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Referral Protocol

Referral to Taverham Vets must always be made through your own veterinary surgeon who will contact us and provide a copy of any relevant clinical notes. You may be asked to bring any relevant x-rays to your appointment. A report will be sent back to your own veterinary surgeon at the end of your visit to Taverham Vets and they will continue your animal’s care.

 

RCVS Certificates

All vets train for 5-6 years. However just like doctors, we continue our clinical training throughout our careers, attending courses, lectures and conferences. A small minority of vets chose to undertake 2-5 years of further training in specific subjects in order to sit RCVS Certificate Examinations. We are proud to have RCVS Certificate holders in:

  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Orthopedics
  • Veterinary Radiology
  • Veterinary Dermatology
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Cardiology
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology

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The RCVS Certificate is the level of postgraduate qualification awarded by RCVS one below the Diploma (a Diploma indicates Specialist status), and indicates that the holder is a competent clinician who has proved their experience and expertise by examination in their chosen subject.

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The practice is purpose built and winner of the BVHA 2007 “best design” award. The further academic qualifications achieved by our vets are backed up by constant investment in new facilities and equipment at Taverham Vets.

Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging and Endoscopy

Tom Robertson MA VetMB CertVDI CertVC MRCVS qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2001. He completed 5 years in mixed practice before moving to Norfolk. Tom completed a RCVS certificate in Diagnostic Imaging in 2007 and a RCVS Certificate in Cardiology in 2011. Tom received the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society Prize for achieving the best overall marks in the 2011 Cardiology Certificate Examinations. Tom accepts referrals in diagnostic imaging, particularly thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. He also has special interests in cardiorespiratory medicine and endoscopy. Tom is on the VCS list of approved cardiologists for breed heart scoring (auscultation only).

Soft tissue and Orthopaedic Surgery

Guy Pitcher MA VetMB CertVR CertSAO CertSAS MRCVS qualified from Cambridge University in 1989, after which he spent a year at Bristol University training in their surgical department. His main interest is orthopaedic surgery and Guy is one of a handful of vets in the UK who have further qualifications in orthopaedics, general surgery and radiology. Guy was awarded the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Associated Leslie Vaughan Prize in 1996. Guy regularly accepts referrals from other local vets in these disciplines and he is now developing the new exciting field of keyhole surgery.

Dermatology

Kate Pitcher BVSc CertVD CertVR MRCVS graduated from Bristol University in 1990. She holds RCVS qualifications in Dermatology and Radiology and sees referral skin problems sent to her from other local practices in addition to our own cases.

Veterinary Ophthalmology

Charlie Barton BVSc CertVOphthal MRCVS graduated from Bristol University in 2004 and joined the practice in 2012 having moved from Surrey. He holds a RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology and is pleased to be able to offer an ophthalmology referral service to local practices in the area. He will regularly perform corrective eyelid surgery and corneal microsurgery with the use of an operating microscope. Charlie is soon hoping to be able to offer cataract surgery at Taverham Vets. He also enjoys a good mix of general practice work.

Endoscopy and “Minimally Invasive Surgery”

Taverham Vets have invested in some “state of the art” endoscopic equipment. This video endoscopy enables us to further investigate a number of areas of the body such as the stomach, the bladder, the nose and the lungs. Foreign bodies can be retrieved, biopsies taken and areas visualised which are never normally accessible. It is now possible for us to diagnose more problems and offer more treatments than ever before. We also offer key-hole spays and the removal of retained testicles using a key-hole technique. These advancements in surgery greatly benefit our patients due to quicker recovery times and fewer complications. key-hole spay veterinary endoscopy key-hole castrate

Payment

All potential costs will discussed before treatment or investigations are performed. However, in some instances it is not possible to give precise quotes due to variable needs of the patient. In these circumstances we will endeavour to keep you updated as to the account status. Payment will be required in full at the time of your animal’s discharge. We accept cash and credit/debit cards, plus payments over the phone. Insured Animals Our standard policy is for all fees to be settled by the client at the time of your animal’s discharge and the money is then claimed back from your insurance company. Claim forms can be left with us for completion and for sending on to the insurance company (£5 administration fee). We endeavour to complete all forms promptly.