FAQs

Your questions about Focus Referrals answered...

Can I refer my pet directly to Focus Referrals?

No. You can book your own appointment online but your own veterinary surgeon needs to be involved. Your vet provides us with your pets medical history including current medication and any recent test results.

Will my own vet know what has happened to my pet while in your care?

Yes. We will contact your vet with a letter explaining in detail our findings, any procedures performed and our suggested plan for your pet's ongoing care.

Will my pet need to stay the night?

If your pet has a surgical procedure carried out we would always aim to get them home on the same evening. However, sometimes our patients need to stay with us overnight to fully recover from the sedation/general anaesthetic. We will keep you updated during the day as to whether this is likely to be the case.

What is a Specialist?

As with human medical care, there are different levels of expertise that veterinary surgeons can achieve. Mike Rhodes is a recognised 'Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' and European specialist, meaning he has gained the highest level of recognition of expertise that can be achieved in clinical veterinary work. To become a specialist you have to train directly under other specialists for a minimum of 3 years and publish clinical research in order to be eligible to sit the exams to become a Diplomate. Specialist status has to be reaccredited every 5 years, which means the specialist has to demonstrate that they are up-to-date and still active in their field.

Vets can also study and take an exam to become a certificate holder or advanced practitioner. While this gives them extra knowledge in a certain subject area it does not require the same degree of training or reaccreditation that a veterinary Specialist must undergo.

www.yourvetspecialist.org This link takes you to British College of Veterinary Specialists where you can check whether the vet you are seeing is a Veterinary Specialist and find out more.

Who will be taking care of my pet?

Your pet will be under the care of our specialist clinician Mike and our dedicated ophthalmology nurse Miles. To find out more about them click here.

Behind the scenes, they may also work with the teams at our carefully chosen host practices to provide care for your pet. Your pet will be taken outside (if appropriate), offered food and given attention and reassurance to make sure they are comfortable during their stay.

Emergency care

In the case of an emergency, please see your own vet first who can then make the appropriate arrangements with Focus Referrals directly.