Referrals to Gilabbey

For Pet Owners

Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital has a dedicated referral service which is provided by a team of highly trained and skilled veterinary Specialists working in a number of disciplines.

Veterinary surgeons across Ireland refer patients to our Specialist team for the diagnosis and treatment of more complex conditions. The hospital is equipped with advanced diagnostic and treament facilities, including MRI, CT, ultra-sound, X-ray and in-house laboratory.

Our referral team sees case referred for diagnostic imaging, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and internal medicine. The team is led by small animal surgery Specialist Ciaran Jones.

If your dog or cat is being referred to us by your veterinary surgeon, you can rest assured that we will provide the best care possible, whatever the problem may be.

What is a Specialist?

A Veterinary Specialist is a veterinary surgeon who has completed an extensive post graduate training at diploma level, or above, in their chosen field and demonstrated an active contribution to their speciality. The title Veterinary Specialist is awarded as formal recognition of their superior expertise in their chosen speciality.

Specialist veterinary surgeons have national and international reputation and have written scientific papers, published in text books and regularly speak at local, national and international meetings.

As well as offering continuing continuing education to other members of the profession, our Specialist vets regularly attend scientific meetings in order to keep up-to-date in their specific fields of expertise.

When your pet is referred to a Specialist vet, you can be sure they are in the best of hands.

How do I organise a referral for my pet?

If you feel that your pet might benefit from a Specialist opinion please contact your veterinary surgeon who will be able to organise a referral if it is appropraite. Unfortunately, we are unable to take referrals directly from pet owners. In the same way that your own GP doctor may refer you to a specialist or consultant, pets must be referred by primary care (GP) vet.

Once we have received the referral and all the relevant information from your vet, our reception staff will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient appointment, and give you all the information you need.

What you need to bring with you

In almost all cases your vet will already have sent us your pet’s relevant history and a brief summary of the problem. Occasioanlly your vet may ask you to bring X-rays, scans and or other information with you.

You will also need to bring a means of payment.

Your appointment

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to enable your pet to be registered before seeing the veterinary surgeon. Our receptionists will give you any help that you or your pet need on arrival and a member of the nursing staff happily show you around the practice, should you wish.

If you are unable to keep your appointment or you are held up in traffic, please let the hospital know as soon as possible.