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“Our commitment is to provide the Island’s pets, and their owners, with the highest level of veterinary care close to home”

Welcome to Island Referrals


If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking at the options for diagnosing and treating your ill or injured pet. Your vet may have referred you here already, or recommended you consider referral, or you may be looking at this option yourself, to try to improve the chances by speaking to an expert. Ultimately it is your choice as to whether to seek referral and your decision as to where you wish to go, and your vet will respect your choice and make all the necessary arrangements.

We understand that having an ill or injured pet can be stressful, and we work hard to provide as much reassurance and certainty as we can, as soon as we can. We will book your first consultation at the earliest date possible, and your vet will forward your pet’s medical history, blood results, lab results, and X-rays, to us here, so that we can assess these before you arrive.

What is a referral?

If your vet sends you and your pet to a different vet for investigation and treatment, then this process is called referral. Usually, a referral takes place if your pet’s condition requires more expertise, more advanced imaging or surgical equipment, than is available at your usual vet’s.  Referral is usually to a vet with considerable experience and expertise, and normally to one recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Specialist in their field.

It could be that your vet recommends you consider referral, or alternatively you might ask your vet to arrange referral on your behalf – after all, it’s entirely your choice where you have your pet treated. The important thing is that you discuss this with your vet first – then your vet can contact Island Referrals and discuss your pet’s condition(s) with the team here, so we can agree how best to take things forward. We will then contact you to arrange an appointment.


Island Referrals understand that if you are looking to refer your pet for diagnosis or treatment, it may be a distressing time for you and your family.  We would like to help make the whole process easier, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our referrals coordinator, Amy, and she will guide you through the process:

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