For more complicated patients, your usual vet may recommend sending you to a veterinary referral centre. This will be because your pet requires further, more specialist treatment or an investigation which cannot be performed at your usual surgery.
A specialist or referral level vet is a clinician who has undertaken extensive training and experience in a particular field of veterinary medicine, for example in cardiology or surgery.
Your primary care vet must first recommend a referral before you can make an appointment to see a specialist. If you feel your pet could benefit from seeing a referral vet, please ensure you speak to your own vet first.