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Our Services

We treat all types of family pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters along with many more small animal species.

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Imaging

Imaging facilities can help fully develop a picture of your pet’s condition in as much detail as possible and provide the most effective treatment plan. At Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, we have recently upgraded our imaging facilities to include Digital X-Ray, allowing us to view high resolution images on monitors around the practice, including at branch surgeries, as well as giving us the ability to provide digital copies to referral centres. Ultrasound facilities are also available on site, giving a detailed picture of organs and tissues such as the heart, liver and kidneys, which may show signs of disease. Our state-of-the-art machine gives us the opportunity to view magnified images and capture stills to store on your pets clinical records. We also have fibre-optic endoscope and bronchoscope equipment that may be used to look inside airways, the intestinal tract and bladder structures. In some cases, they may also be used to perform small biopsies that can provide diagnosis without the need for surgery.

Imaging

Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology refers to medical conditions affecting the eyes, eyelids, cornea, lens and retina. A variety of equipment is required to fully assess the eye. We have invested in advanced ophthalmological equipment including a Tonopen (to measure intra-ocular pressure), a Slit Lamp (used to assess the cornea and look inside the eye), as well as an operating microscope (used during surgery of the eye and eyelid where detailed vision is essential). If your pet is diagnosed with an ophthalmological problem, we may refer you to our own veterinary surgeon Philip Hanlon. Philip has a keen interest in ophthalmology and has gained much experience over his career in this subject, regularly attending specialist courses to keep his knowledge current.

Ophthalmology

Anaesthesia

All of our surgeries use the inhalational anaesthetic agent Sevoflurane, considered to be one of the safest agents available for use in human and animal patients. We believe the added cost associated with this product is outweighed by the drug’s safety. It should, however, be remembered that there is always a risk when anaesthetising patients, even in seemingly healthy animals. In order to reduce the risk to your pet, staff will be monitoring their condition closely throughout their anaesthetic. All of our operating surgeries are equipped with pulse oximeters, which, in addition to direct monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate and reflexes by our nursing staff, will measure oxygenation of the blood and can alert us to changes as soon as possible. Our theatres at Walnut Tree are also equipped with human standard monitors that are capable of measuring blood pressure and monitoring the electrical activity of the heart as well as the concentration of carbon dioxide gas exhaled. Your pet will also be connected to a breathing monitor, with alarms sounding should their respiratory rate slow.

Anaesthesia

Operating

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group at Walnut Tree has a large space used for preparation of inpatients. This is where your pet will receive their anaesthetic and be prepared for surgery before entering the fully sterile operating theatres. This area also houses our ultrasound and scoping facilities, as well as a small secondary dental area. Once your pet is stable and prepared for their operation, they will be moved to one of our two operating theatres. The theatres have been fitted with filtered, positive pressure air conditioning. This means that, when the theatre doors are opened, air is forced out of the theatre preventing contaminants from entering the room, reducing the risk of surgical infections. The theatres are fully sterile and we have a strict dress code. All staff are required to wear theatre scrubs, hats and clogs, with the addition of a face mask, surgical gown and sterile gloves for operating veterinary surgeons. Theatres are cleaned thoroughly daily and between patients.

Operating

Surgery

Surgery itself is a very popular area of veterinary work, and Milton Keynes Veterinary Group’s staff perform a variety of procedures, both orthopaedic (concerning bones and joints) and soft tissue (including neutering, intestinal, chest, nose and throat surgery). Many of the orthopaedic cases we see are fracture repairs or treatment for cranial cruciate ligament problems. With a wide selection of implants, instruments and techniques at our disposal (including pins, plates, external fixators, lateral sutures and Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy or TPLO procedures), our facilities at Walnut Tree Hospital allow us to operate on most of the orthopaedic cases we see without the need to refer to specialist centres. Soft tissue procedures are arguably more varied and can include neuters and removal of skin tumours through to lung, rib and splenic cancer removals. Other common procedures include thyroidectomies in geriatric hyperthyroid cats and intestinal surgery to remove foreign bodies (e.g. socks and corn on the cob, thorns or glass splinters). Rory Burke holds the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery (Cert SAS), and is always keen to discuss surgical cases with clients. Graham Richmond, although recently semi-retired, works as an external consultant for the group and has many years of surgical experience. Rory and Graham often operate together on complex surgical cases. Doug Brain also has a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery.

Surgery

Cardiology

Cardiology refers to conditions affecting the heart. Not all of these disorders will cause clinical signs, and animals can go some time without showing any symptoms. Clinical history is important as it helps us assess the severity of your pet’s disorder and how best to further investigate and treat their condition. Medical investigations may include x-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), or an ultrasound of the heart. We have a modem ECG machine on site that is capable of detecting abnormal electrical rhythms from the heart, as well as state-of-the-art x-ray and ultrasound facilities to give your pet the best care possible.

Cardiology

Dentistry

Dentistry is an area of veterinary care that is often overlooked. Many people will not notice the effect bad teeth may have on their pets, the improvement in their demeanour only becoming apparent once they have been treated. At our Walnut Tree Hospital, we have a newly refurbished dedicated Dental Suite, which includes a fully comprehensive dental x-ray system. This enables us to detect hidden dental disease within teeth and below the gum line. Our Stoke Road surgery also has dental equipment that enables veterinary surgeons to perform simple dentistry such as scaling and polishing teeth and extracting obviously diseased teeth. Our high speed dental drills are also suitable for treating routine dental disease in rabbits, such as trimming the front incisors to prevent overgrowth (a significantly safer method than using clippers which can easily damage or shatter teeth).

Dentistry

Laboratory

Walnut Tree Hospital is equipped with a comprehensive on site laboratory, allowing us to process certain samples in-house, keeping a close eye on your pet’s progress and monitoring their condition easily and effectively. Our laboratory houses a VetTest machine for assessing biochemistry and endocrine function and a Lasercyte machine for haematology sampling, as well as microscopes to analyse blood, urine, skin and tissue samples if necessary. We also have access to an analyser owned by out of hours service Vets Now Ltd on site to assess blood clotting disorders within minutes. Some samples will require processing by our external laboratories, and your vet will advise you if this is the case. All of our surgeries subscribe to a courier service, and samples are collected directly from each site by a dedicated service. Results are sent to us electronically and are typically available within 24-48 hours, giving quick diagnosis and enabling us to start any treatment as quickly as possible.

Laboratory

Medicine

Veterinary medicine is a large subject area, essentially covering all non-surgical diseases, and can include gastro-intestinal or hormonal disorders, anaemia or chest problems. In order to obtain an accurate diagnosis, a variety of tests may be required and veterinary surgeons may use a combination of medical and surgical treatment. It is common for blood and urine samples to be assessed initially but further investigations including x-rays, ultrasound and endoscopy may be required. The practice has successfully medically treated extremely ill animals including cases of parvovirus and toxin ingestion, as well as more common illnesses, such as diabetes, hyper/hypo - thyroidism and pancreatitis. Milton Keynes Veterinary Group has access to frozen canine red blood cells and plasma through the Pet Blood Bank, and can provide blood transfusions on site should they be required. Our veterinary surgeon Andre Cilliers has a strong interest in treating medical cases. He holds the ESVPS General Practice Certificate in Medicine and is always eager to see complex medical cases. As medicine is such a wide subject, depending on your pet we may recommend you see a specific veterinary surgeon. Lisa Gillett has a particular interest in rabbit and guinea pig medicine, while our vet Debbie Kilkenny prefers to see reptiles and exotics. If you have a pet bird, we would suggest seeing our vet Doug Brain, who has an interest in avian medicine. In some cases, particularly with exotics and birds, we may still recommend referral to a specialist referral centre for the best care and treatment, but any of our vets will be happy to assess your pet and provide general health checks and advice.

Medicine

Cat Clinics

At Milton Keynes Veterinary Group, we understand that bringing your cat to the vet can be a difficult experience for both you and your feline friend. This is why we have introduced our new Cat Clinics, allowing us to cater specifically for your cats needs and minimise the stress they may experience when visiting us. Held exclusively at our Stoke Road Surgery, we have a strict ‘no dogs’ policy, giving your cat a peaceful wait for their appointment. We also use plug in ‘Feliway’ diffusers in our reception area, further promoting a calm atmosphere for your pet. Cat clinics are open to all our feline friends, for vaccinations, repeat prescription and general health checks, and everything in between. Our computer system is linked across all of our surgeries, so even if Stoke Road is not your normal branch, we are able to access your cat’s previous notes and treatment details, and reception staff can make appointments from any site.

Cat Clinics

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a complimentary therapy used to aid natural healing and is designed to help animals recover movement and function. Therapies are non-invasive and can include specially designed exercises and massage, as well as more sophisticated treatments such as ultrasound and light therapy. Physiotherapy may be recommended for your pet following orthopaedic procedures or to assist with management of arthritis or muscular problems. We are lucky to have a fully qualified animal physiotherapist hold clinics at our Walnut Tree Hospital and Stoke Road surgery. Nisha Tosar MIATT Pg. Dip A. Phys is a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists and runs ‘Paws and Hooves’ Animal Physiotherapy. There are a number of other physio- and hydrotherapy establishments in and around Milton Keynes and we are happy to provide details. In the majority of cases, your vet will need to complete a referral form to authorise treatment. Forms may be obtained from individual establishments and brought to the surgery for completion.

Physiotherapy

Dermatology

Dermatology is all about skin problems. Skin conditions are extremely common in pets and many are caused by allergies (for example, flea bite allergies or inhaled allergies), or sometimes even hormone imbalances. Many different tests may be required to determine the underlying cause and we usually recommend using a strong flea treatment as part of the initial treatment as many animals improve on this alone. Mark Craig qualified as a vet from Liverpool University, and has spent time as a resident at the Royal Veterinary College where he gained his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology. Since leaving the college, Mark has built up ‘Re-Fur-All’ Referrals, a veterinary dermatology referral service in the South of England and the Midlands. Mark welcomes all animals with skin problems, no matter how challenging! As part of our service at Walnut Tree Hospital and Stoke Road branch, Mark Craig operates as an external consultant and dermatology referral service. Typically available on Wednesdays, your pet may be referred for more in depth analysis, diagnosis and treatment of skin complaints without the need to travel to an external centre.

Wards

Our largest site at Walnut Tree provides high levels of inpatient care and is equipped with fully specialised wards for dogs and cats or small animals, as well as a completely separated isolation ward for intensive care cases. Our dog ward is equipped with varying size kennels, allowing us to care for the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane with ease, as well as an adjoining run to allow our inpatients to stretch their legs safely under supervision. Our cat and small animal ward is designed to give our feline friends as calm and quiet an environment as possible, and, along with our dog ward, is air conditioned for our patients comfort. Isolation kennels are separate from our other wards and are specially planned to allow full barrier nursing, with it’s own equipment and bedding to help prevent the spread of potentially highly infectious illnesses. Stoke Road, Stony Stratford and Willen Surgeries are all equipped with smaller kennel facilities for the hospitalisation of day patients.

Wards

Reception

As you enter any of our surgeries please let our friendly reception team know you have arrived for your appointment or admission. We have recently undertaken significant remodelling of our Walnut Tree Hospital reception area to enhance client experience and minimise stress and noise for our patients – this includes a new lower height, easier access reception desk. Our air conditioned waiting room is divided into two zones, and owners with dogs are encouraged to use one area, while the other is reserved for cats and smaller animals. If your pet would be happier waiting outside for their appointment, please let our reception team know where you are waiting and the vet will come out to you. If your pet is nervous in a busy environment, they may be happier visiting one of our branch surgeries. With smaller waiting rooms, and typically just one or two vets consulting compared to four at Walnut Tree Hospital, branch surgeries have a calmer atmosphere and can help decrease any stress your pet may experience.

Reception
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