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Surgical Referral

Surgical Referral Service

The Vets4Pets Eccleshill Surgical Referral Service provides high-end veterinary diagnosis both for our first opinion practice as well as those referred to us by other veterinary surgeons with patients requiring specialised surgery.

If your pet is referred to us by your primary vet, you can rest assured that we will provide you and your pet with the best possible care, as we aim to deliver the most advanced surgical support available. Our main surgeon, Tamsin Chance qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999 and has always had a keen interest in surgery.

She achieved the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009 and worked as the main surgeon in a large hospital practice for eight years prior to joining Eccleshill in 2012. She is very experienced in all areas of surgery and is happy to give phone advice or have cases referred to her directly.

Her expertise includes a range of advanced surgical procedures aimed at diagnosing and treating rare and unusual conditions.

The surgical team also includes Francesca Connolly BVMS Cert SAS MRCVS.

Francesca graduated from Glasgow University in 2004 and achieved the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2012. She is experienced in all aspects of surgery and is happy to undertake more complex cases.

She also has a keen interest in pain management and as an extension of this has undertaken extra training in acupuncture. This can be a useful adjunct in the management of many acute and chronic conditions but is particularly useful for musculoskeletal pain and chronic osteoarthritis. It is also useful in cases where concurrent illness limits the use of other analgesia.


Abdominal surgery 

• Nephrectomy 

• Cholocystojejunostomy 

• Colorectal Surgery 

• Perineal herniorraphy 

• Colorectal neoplasia 

Oral Surgery 

• Partial mandibulectomy 

• Total mandibulectomy 

• Rostral maxillectomy 

• Caudal maxillectomy 

ENT Surgery 

• Arytenoid lateralisation 

• Soft palate resection 

• Brachycephalic airway syndrome 

• Total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy 

• Ventral bulla osteotomy 

• Aspergillosis diagnosis & management Thoracic Surgery 

• Exploratory thoracotomy 

• Vascular ring anomaly correction 

• Patent ductus arteriosus 

• Lung lobectomy 

• Pericardiectomy 

Urogenital Surgery 

• Colposuspension 

• Prostatic surgery 

• Ectopic ureter correction 

Oncologic Surgery 

• Tumour staging and removal 

• Wound Reconstruction Skin Surgery 

• Traumatic wound management and reconstruction 

• Tumour excision 

• Advancement flap 

• Axial pattern flap 

Orthopaedic surgery 

• Cruciate repair by TTA or lateral suture 

• Luxating patella repair 

• Most fracture repairs

How the service works

  • This information is for veterinary surgeons wishing to refer a patient to us.
  • For all referrals please complete the booking form or simply call us on 01274 400 500 with your client’s details, and we will make all the necessary arrangements for the referral.
  • History, case notes and other relevant information can be sent to us by fax (01274 780 000) or email 
  • Once we have received the referral request information, we will contact the owner directly to book an appointment.
  • The patient and client will need to visit Vets4Pets Eccleshill.
  • You will receive a full report and treatment plan.  This report is usually sent as an email, but can be sent via fax and/or by post.
  • Results/diagnosis will be sent to you within 24-48 hours via email 
  • Where referral may not be necessary or is not possible Tamsin is also able to provide an advice service via email (

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Eccleshill Surgical Referral Service
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Clinical history
Relevant clinical history is required within the last month for all referred patients.

For urgent cases or emergencies please call the Eccleshill clinic directly on 01274 400 500 

Terms and conditions

This is a referral service only. Patients will remain under the care of the referring veterinary surgeon.

  1. Request for an appointment to be made online using the standard booking form or call us on 01274 400 500
  2. Relevant history must be submitted
  3. Referring veterinary surgeon must inform client of the exact nature of procedure offered by the outpatient referral service
  4. Outpatient referral service will be carried out as per exact instructions on request form and Vets4Pets will accept no responsibility for investigation and reporting on concurrent disease, conditions or treatment, unless specifically requested by referring veterinary surgeon
  5. Should our examination reveal an unexpected finding, we will contact you immediately to discuss the best course of action
  6. We will not perform invasive techniques as outpatient procedures
  7. In cases where the patient requires general anaesthetic or sedation, we require you to have performed relevant blood tests within the month before the procedure and inform our clinicians about the patients general health, specifically relating to anaesthetic risks
  8. Communication (including reports) will be between Vets4Pets and referring veterinary surgeon only
  9. Vets4Pets will not accept any referred client as a new client to any of our first opinion veterinary surgeries for six months post outpatient visit.