Diagnostic & Surgical Services

Our Medical and Surgical Services are provided to offer your pet the best preventative and diagnostic health care.


Our facilities are extensive and cover all the requirements of a busy small animal vet practice diagnosing your pet’s illness and treating them appropriately.


Our facilities include:


  • Purpose built dedicated sterile operating theatres
  • Laparoscopy surgical equipment for keyhole surgery
  • Diagnostic imaging suite with immediate image delivery
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) for  diagnosis of heart disease
  • Blood pressure measurement and capnography for safer anaesthetics
  • Veterinary dentistry equipment including ultrasonic de-scalers and high speed burrs
  • Industry leading anaesthesia systems
  • Bair Hugger whole body temperature control systems
  • Warm and clean high quality kennelling with separate areas for dogs, cats and small mammals


We do loads of operations and procedures every day, week and year! We thought we would list out some of the things we do in our operating theatres and procedure rooms:

Ear surgery

  • Lateral wall resection
  • Vertical canal ablation
  • Pinnectomy
  • Aural haematoma surgery
  • Ventral bulla osteotomy
  • Polyp surgery

Eye surgery

  • Entropion
  • Eyelid growths
  • Cherry eye correction
  • Grid keratectomy
  • Pedicle flaps
  • Enucleation

Gastro-intestinal surgery

  • Enterotomy
  • Enterectomy
  • Gastric lavage
  • Laparotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastic Dilatation ad Volvulus (GDV - twisted stomach)
  • Endoscopy


Oral surgery

  • Dental surgery
  • Dental digital radiography
  • Tongue surgery
  • Jaw surgery
  • Oral growths
  • Epulis resection


Orthopaedic surgery

  • Fracture repair
  • Cruciate surgery
  • Luxating patella surgery


Reproductive surgery

  • Castration
  • Ovario-hysterectomy
  • Pyometra
  • Caesarean section


Skin operations

  • Wounds
  • Skin biopsy
  • Skin growths
  • Skin grafting
  • Degloving injuries


  • Placement of oesophagostomy tubes
  • Placement of naso-oesophageal feeding tubes


Keyhole / Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Ovariectomy (keyhole spay)
  • Cryptorchid testicle surgery
  • Keyhole exploratory sergery

General / other surgery

  • Thyroidectomy
  • Mammary surgery
  • Cystotomy (eg bladder stones)
  • Perineal urethrostomy
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Perineal hernia repair
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Diaphragmatic rupture repair
  • Anal sac removal
  • Stenotic nares surgery
  • Thoracocentesis
  • Thoracotomy
  • Pericardiocentesis


Brachycephalic dogs surgery (BOAS)

Typical breeds affected include Bulldogs, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Pekingese.

  • Soft palate shortening surgery
  • Nostril widening surgery
  • Pre-op assessment required


Exotic Species Surgery

  • Reproductive surgery - removing cystic ovaries, neutering
  • Dental surgery for rabbits and rodents
  • Exotics diagnostic imaging including X-rays and ultrasounds
  • Mass removals from all species (small mammals, reptiles, birds)
  • Reptile dental care
  • Exotics second opinions


Digital Radiography

Radiography, also known as Xrays, enable us to ‘look inside’ animals and have a multitude of uses, including assessment of bone disease, trauma, chest problems and much, much more.


Available at all three branches.



Ultrasound Scanning

Our ultrasound scanner also enables us to look inside the body without invasive surgery.

Scanning ‘sees’ the body in a different way to radiography, and is especially useful for looking at soft tissues. It is used for assessing internal organs such as kidney and liver, diagnosing pregnancy, checking how the heart is functioning and evaluating cancers and other serious disorders.

Read more about Ultrasound.

Available at all three branches.



We have a range of endoscopes for more in depth assessment of various medical issues from stomach ulcers to pneumonia.


Endoscopes are cameras on a fibre-optic lead, which can be fed down into the stomach, lungs or lower bowel allowing us to see any disease processes there, and to collect samples from these areas.


Available at all three branches.


Dental Radiography

Dental digital radiography allows an extremely detailed x-ray view of each tooth in the mouth. We can “visualise” the teeth, their roots, the tooth sockets and jawbone, allowing very specific accurate assessments of dental work that may be required.

Available at Portishead and Nailsea.

Don’t forget that we offer free telephone advice to our clients.