How to refer cases
University of Queensland Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Referral Service, St Lucia
Information for Vets
How To Refer Cases to the University of Queensland Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Referral Service, St Lucia.
- If you have a patient you need to refer to our Service for further treatment, please contact the appropriate UQ referral veterinarian by phone on 3365 2110 to discuss the case. During this time, the UQ referral vet can give you an idea of costs to pass onto your client and answer any questions you or your client may have.
Please Note: We ask that you do not encourage clients to contact the referral vet directly if they have any questions prior to making an appointment.
- Please arrange an appointment for your client, or ask your client to make an appointment through our reception desk.
- Please note the owner must be present for the duration of the referral appointment to discuss treatments and fill out essential paperwork.
- Please fax, post, email or send with the client, a detailed referral letter, full clinical history and any laboratory results or images you believe would assist the referral vet.
If you would like us to view any images, please send these with the client.
Please note: Any images you send with your client will be returned to you.
Animals deemed to have a high anaesthetic risk can always be referred for their anaesthesia concerns, irrespective of the procedure that is required. Examples of this could include young animals with congenital cardiac defects requiring desexing, geriatric patients with medical conditions or cardiac issues requiring dentals etc. These cases should be referred to the appropriate service depending on the procedure that is required e.g. medicine, surgery or dental, with mention made to our reception staff when making the appointment that the animal will be requiring an anaesthetist. Please include all relevant details in your referral letter, including results of any investigations that may have been performed.
Our experienced anaesthesia team are always willing to speak to veterinarians regarding any anaesthesia or analgesia concerns. If our anaesthesia staff are unavailable at the time of the call we will strive to return your call in a timely manner.
Our dedicated team of expert anaesthetists allows us to provide an outstanding quality of anaesthesia, analgesia and critical care to all our patients.
The UQ Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital have the personnel, experience, equipment and facilities to perform all necessary procedures and techniques required in advanced specialist practice.
Some of the techniques commonly performed by our anaesthesia team include:
- epidural anaesthesia
- brachial plexus blocks other regional nerve blocks
- opioid and ketamine continuous infusions
- advanced vascular access (including central venous jugular catheters, PICC lines and arterial catheterisation )
- long and short term ventilation.
Our state of the art anaesthesia equipment includes pulse oximetry, indirect blood pressure monitoring, ECG, and capnography. More invasive monitoring including direct blood pressure and central venous pressure monitoring, and blood gas analysis is also available.
Our 24 hour practice allows for round the clock monitoring ensuring the provision of optimum care and pain relief to all patients at all times.
It is preferable that the treating veterinarian telephones the UQVTH and speaks with the reception staff or directly with Dr Sean Surman or Dr Carly Bloom on the Internal Medicine Service
- Tracheoscopy / Bronchoscopy
- Endoscopic assisted foreign body retrieval (GI, nasal, pulmonary)
- Tracheal stenting
- Urethral stenting
- Balloon dilation of oesophageal and rectal strictures
- Naso-oesophageal / naso-gastric feeding tubes
- Endoscopically placed feeding tubes
- Intravenous nutrition (TPN/PPN)
Bone Marrow aspirate and biopsy
Cerebrospinal Fluid Collection
Ultrasound Guided Organ Fine Needle Aspiration / Biopsy
Coordination and interpretation of specialized diagnostic imaging studies (Ultrasound, CT, Fluoroscopy)
Veterinarians can arrange referral for their clients by either faxing/submitting a referral form or phoning the clinic reception. The Surgical Service welcomes any veterinarian who would like to discuss the case with a clinician by phone before referral.