Practice Tour

1. Imaging Suite

Diagnostic imaging is an essential tool to help clinicians make their diagnosis. At Roe Valley Veterinary Clinic we are able to offer both digital radiography and ultrasound.

Digital Radiography – Otherwise known as x-rays this technique produces to 2D images which help diagnose fractures, bone disease and abnormalities of the chest and abdomen.

Ultrasound – This imaging technique involves using high frequency sound waves to produce an image. Unlike, x-rays it allows you to see the internal structure of the major organs and hence detect if there are any abnormalities. It is commonly used for detecting pregnancy, cardiac abnormalities, tumours and cysts etc.

Echocardiology – At Roe Valley Veterinary Clinic we are fortunate to have a visiting cardiology every 3 months. This allows for detailed echoes (assessment of the internal architecture of the heart) to be performed by a specialist. For any animals with heart problems this ensures they are on the most appropriate medication and gives the owner an idea of the prognosis of the disease.

2. In-House Laboratory

At RVVC we have invested in up to date equipment in our laboratory to ensure rapid and crucial diagnoses. This includes:

General Health Profiles: This assesses the function of your pets major organs and helps detect disease early.

Pre-operative Blood Tests: This option is available to all clients before their pet has surgery. It is a basic screen which ensures organ function is normal before a general anaesthetic is given.

Urinalysis: This basic test can detect infection and also help diagnose diabetes and kidney disease. In addition, it allows us early detection of whether your pet is predisposed urinary stones.

In addition to our in house lab we also have a strong link with an external laboratory. This allows us to obtain more extensive tests quickly and effectively.

3. Surgical Theatre

At Roe Valley we have 2 surgical suites which allows us to effectively manage our case load between the vets.

Each suite is designed to minimise infection and complications during surgery;

We have a separate preparation room where your pet and the surgeon can prep before surgery therefore reducing any introduction of bacteria to the theatre.

Both theatres have piped in oxygen and use the safest anesthetic gas.

The operating tables are both padded and heated employ a comfortable environment and also avoid hypothermia which can occur under a GA.

Patients are linked up to a critical care machine (similar to what is used in a human hospital) to keep a check on all vitals during procedures.

All surgical procedures have a a qualified veterinary nurse monitoring the anaesthetic.

After surgery our patents are closely monitored and recovered by a QVN.

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