What is a Referral?

In the same way that your Doctor may refer you to a Consultant about a particular health issue that you have, Our Vets may determine that your pet needs more specialised expertise than they can offer and will recommend that a referral to a Specialist vet is appropriate.

We have a list of specialists that we routinely use.  Please see below for some links to common referral centres.
Specialists at referral centres have vast experience and advanced training in their field, as well as access to specialist equipment that might not necessarily be available in general practice. 


Karen Casswell 

BSc, BVSc, Cert VOphthal, MRCVS 

Karen graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 1993, and followed her interest in ophthalmology while working in general mixed and small animal practice, gaining her RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1999.

She is now registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Since 2003, She has worked as an independent veterinary surgeon, specialising in ophthalmic second opinion and referral surgery, in small animals, equines, and exotics. Working in both Kent and East Sussex, She is available for advice by phone / email, and regularly holds clinics here at Downwood.

Her  spare time is taken up with her two Cocker spaniels - Kirsty and Clemmie, with photography, drawing, cycle touring and travel. 


Dr Andre Costa Pereira 


Andre graduated in 2011 and has been working in the UK since 2013. He enjoys all aspects of soft tissue and orthopedics, but has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, BOAS (brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome) and traumatology.

He has a certificate in Advanced Veterinary Surgery and is an Advanced Practitioner in small animal surgery

London Veterinary referrals London Veterinary Services offers a dedicated in-house surgical referral service for veterinary clinics across London and the South East of England. 

Anderson Abercromby Veterinary Referrals

Anderson Abercromby Veterinary Referrals are based in Ockley, Surrey and was established in 2005 by Ralph Abercromby and Angus Anderson, two of the most experienced veterinary orthopaedic surgeons in the UK with over 50 years of combined experience of working in academic institutions and private referral practices.

Rob Rayward

MA VetMB DSAS (Orth) MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)

Coast Vets are based locally in Eastbourne, Rob Rayward  is an RCVS recognised specialist in small animal orthopaedic surgery and has worked as a referral orthopaedic surgeon for over 20 years.  He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of orthopaedic conditions. 

EVR - Endoscopy Vet Referrals 

Dr Elise Robertson 

ABVS® Recognised Board Certified Diplomate Feline Practice

Endoscopy Vet Referrals was started by Dr Elise Robertson 15 years ago, with the aim of providing high-quality, efficient and accessible peripatetic services for veterinary practices in East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, North London, SE London, SW London and Central London. As a mobile referral consultant, Elise travels to the referring practice to perform out-patient canine and feline endoscopy procedures.

Diagnostic Imaging  (Ultrasound and CT)

Andrew Denning DVDI, RCVS  

Andrew has been working in companion animal practice for more than 30 years and is a recognised specialist in diagnostic imaging

 He was recognised by the RCVS as a Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2012 and was reaccredited in 2018. He works with veterinary surgeons in the South East of England to provide referral standard diagnostic imaging for their patients since 2010.


Gavin McAulay


Gavin provides cardio-respiratory referral services at New Priory Vets Brighton (Heart and lung disease). Assessment of heart and lung disease involves specific examination skills and specialised equipment including ultrasound, Holter ECG CT and bronchoscopy. Gavin holds several post graduate qualifications including the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology.

Multi-disciplinary Centre

North Downs referrals

At North Downs referrals they have Specialists in every major discipline of small animal veterinary medicine, meaning they can deal with the most complex of cases that require the involvement of many different Specialists.

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