What areas does “Medicine” cover?
Everything that does not involve a surgical operation!
Some of the more common medical conditions include:
- Diabetes (Mellitus)
- Chronic Renal Failure (Kidney Problems)
- Hyperthyroidism (in cats)
- Hypothyroidism (in dogs)
- Cushing’s Syndrome
If your pet has been diagnosed with a medical condition, there are many implications, including:
- Impact on quality of life
- Frequency of visits to the vet
- Life expectation
- Cost of treatment
- We will discuss your specific requirements and expectations, tailoring our approach accordingly
What are the benefits of a “clinic” approach to treatment?
Optimum treatment and control of these problems can be achieved. The “clinic” approach follows protocols that aim to be the gold standard in managing these complex problems. Please discuss this approach with your vet.
Can my pet be treated locally?
Our medicine department is headed by Ian Cox Cert SAM. Ian’s extensive knowledge is represented by the extra qualifications he has achieved. Cert SAM stands for a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, and is one of the most difficult qualifications for a vet in practice to achieve; indeed, very few vets in the UK have achieved this status. Supported by the other vets, a superb nursing team and “round the clock” emergency night staff, the Hospital can deal with most medical problems.
We are very fortunate to host a referral clinic held by one of Europe’s top veterinary skin specialists, Janet Littlewood MA PhD BVSc(Hons) DVR DVD MRCVS. Janet visits us three times a year, enabling us to refer patients with complicated skin problems and those that need intradermal allergy skin tests (the gold standard in allergy testing).
When should I consider referral to a UK specialist?
Some conditions require a MRI or CT scan to diagnose, or assess the severity. At present there are no such facilities for animals based in Jersey, although New Era does have a mobile MRI scanner visit from the mainland every 3 months.
Some cancer treatments such as radiation, can only be done at specialist facilities in the UK.