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Adverse weather back up plan at DWR

In line with current government advice, unfortunately we are still unable to invite visitors and clients into the ...

Equine Ophthalmology Webinar

For those of you in first opinion equine and mixed practice, we are delighted to announce a new ...

Ant Bounces Back – Against All Odds!

Ant is an adorable 9-year-old domestic short-haired cat. In January, he was brought to us from Norwich, by ...

New Article in JFMS

A recently published article in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, by Luis Correa and our Head ...

Launch of New Webinar Series

In these strange and challenging times, we are aware that our colleagues in first opinion practice are keen ...

Keeping An Eye On Maisie!

In September 2016, Lancashire Heeler ‘Maisie’ was referred to us by her first opinion vet because her left ...

Sticky Situation for Dylan

Thanks so much to Julie Dyson for sending this video of Dylan. Dylan came to us in February ...

The Saving of Samsung

Samsung is a very sweet kitten who was taken to the RSPCA Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk Branch, ...

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Helping Us All To Stay Safe

In order to continue providing our veterinary referral services, while keeping our colleagues and clients as safe as ...

Important Information re Current Supply of Medications

Supply of medications during the human Covid-19 pandemic Due to increased requests for large quantities of medications it ...

Chemotherapy – a realistic route for pets with cancer?

The true incidence of cancer in companion animals is not currently known but cancer remains a major cause ...

Addressing the Shortage of Veterinary Imaging Specialists

Despite the current shortage of veterinary radiologists, which is of concern across the profession, DWR has just appointed Audrey Belmudes, increasing ...

London Vet Show A Great Success

This year, for the first time, Dick White Referrals, together with Anderson Moores, Eye-Vet and Northwest Veterinary Specialists ...

New Specialist Joins Cardiology Team

The Cardiology Department at Dick White Referrals has recently welcomed European Cardiology Specialist Hayley McDonald, a New Zealand ...

Jasper – Stopped in his Tracks

Jasper is an energetic 3-year-old Deerhound and when he is charging around the garden, nothing much can stop ...

Rabies

Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals – including dogs and cats. ...

Additional ECC Specialist

Since the Emergency and Critical Care Department was established by Lindsay Kellett-Gregory last year, the case load has ...

A Colourful Hat Trick for Theatre Team

As those of you who have visited DWR will have noticed, our teams wear colour coded uniforms. This ...

New Tears For Benson

Benson, a 6-year-old, cross breed, was referred to us for because he was suffering from keratoconjunctivitis sicca, otherwise known ...

Exam Success for Academy’s First Cohort of Student Nurses

Three years after opening the doors to its first student nurses, the Dick White Academy has attained exam ...

Team Approach Pays Off for Lily

Lily is a gorgeous Giant Schnauzer. She was admitted by us in May 2018, aged 3 years, because ...

Further Growth of Pathology Team

We are very pleased to welcome Kathleen Tennant BVetMed CertSAM CertVC FRCPath MRCVS to our Diagnostic Pathology Team. ...

Personalised Vaccine for Yogi the Lab

Nobody wants to receive the news that their dog has cancer, but it is encouraging that the array ...

New Laser Therapy for Physiotherapy 

Our Physiotherapy Department has recently added low level Laser Therapy to its array of therapeutic approaches. Class 3B ...

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca in the dog

On Thursday 8th August 2019, at 8.00 pm, DWR’s Head of Ophthalmology James Oliver BVSc PhD CertVOphthal DipECVO ...

Ocular Foreign Body Removal

Ben was sent to us recently for removal of a thorn that had penetrated his eye. This was ...

Heat Stroke in Pets – A Serious Threat

With temperatures this summer reaching well over 30°C, dogs and cats are at an increased risk of suffering ...

Totally Jinxed!

This beautiful kitten, called Jinx, was brought to us by Alresford Kitten and Feral Rescue when he was ...

Sharing Knowledge

At DWR, not only are we committed to providing excellent patient and client care, but we are involved ...

Mycobacterial Infections in Cats

Over the past few weeks we have observed a marked increase in the incidence of Mycobacterial infections in ...

New Level 3 Diploma at DWA

The Dick White Academy has become the first  UK training centre to be approved to offer the new ...

Building Work Completed on New Expansion

Already one of Europe’s largest veterinary referral centres for small animals, the recently completed construction of a 30,000 ...

Once bitten – but not so shy

We all love to see puppies having fun with their playmates, but 8-week-old Husky, Tatiana, was obviously being ...

Amazing Opportunity for Renata

Corneal injuries and opacities are eye problems that are very often diagnosed in animals as well as people, ...

A Dig in the Ribs That Saved Oakley

No owner wants to hear that their dog has been diagnosed with cancer but at least Oakley’s owner ...

Titch – the Tale of a Soggy Moggy

Hydrotherapy is used regularly for the rehabilitation of dogs following injury and/or surgery. In theory, it should be ...

Dolly is Fiona’s Star

Physiotherapist Fiona Smee has nominated ‘Dolly’ as her Star of the Week’. This cheeky little dachshund is 5 ...

Ophthalmology Seminar is a Sell Out

Following the popularity of previous one-day seminars by our Ophthalmology Team, a further event was held at the ...

Multiple Contributions to BSAVA

One of our priorities here at DWR is the exchange of knowledge and experience among our veterinary colleagues, For ...

Making Mental Health a Priority

As an employer of over 300 people, DWR is acutely aware of the importance of mental health skills ...

Two Full-Day CPD Events in April

We are pleased to invite our colleagues to 2 full-day CPD Seminars in April:   2nd April: Ophthalmology ...

Doin’ the Best for Doolin

Doolin was found abandoned in a field in Romania in the middle of winter and, luckily for her, ...

Multiple meerkats for Max

Max Foreman, one of our Interns, has been involved for the last 13 years with Eagle Heights Wildlife ...

The Gift of Sight

Exciting News!! The Ophthalmologists at DWR are now offering a sight-saving technique for dogs with corneal disease. This ...

New Veterinary CPD Programme

The Specialist Division, a group of referral practices comprising Anderson Moores, Dick White Referrals and Northwest Veterinary Specialists, ...

50,000 patients…… and counting!

We are pleased and extremely proud to announce that patient number 50,000 has just come through our doors ...

New Home for Police Dog Injured in Line of Duty

Police Dog Baloo, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, recently accompanied her handler when he was deployed to an incident. ...

Kennel Cough

‘Kennel Cough’ is the common name for Infectious Tracheobronchitis, a highly contagious respiratory infection which can affect dogs ...

Increased Focus on Emergency and Critical Care

With a constantly increasing caseload, set to rise still further when the new clinical facilities open next year, ...

Christmas and New Year Opening

As we approach the Festive Season, we would like to assure all our clients that we will be ...

Ruby enjoys a post surgery trip to the coast

Ruby was referred to us when she was just 5 weeks old. She had urinary incontinence because the ...

Isoflurane Supply Shortage

Following the recent reports of a shortage of Isoflurane, we would like to assure our referring vets and ...

Desi Gets Her Breath Back

At just 12 weeks old, Desi the Pomeranian was referred to us because she was showing signs of ...

End is in sight for Ferran

After 3 years of hard work under the supervision of Simon Tappin, Head of Internal Medicine, Ferran Valls ...

James and Ben sent to Coventry!

When not busy treating patients at DWR, members of our team can often be found using and sharing ...

One man’s (or horse’s) medicine is another man’s (or dog’s) poison!!

We’ve heard plenty of stories of dogs that can ‘eat like a horse’ – but Pip is a ...

Davide Berlato awarded de facto Specialist Qualification in Radiation Oncology

Following the establishment of the (add-on) specialisation in Radiation Oncology via the European Colleges of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging ...

Microbiology Update: New Analyser and MIC Sensitivity Testing

Our on-site laboratory has recently acquired a new microbiology analyser, the Vitek 2 Compact, and we have prepared ...

Steeling Ourselves for Expansion

Those of you who have visited us in recent weeks cannot fail to have noticed the construction works ...

Corneal Collagen Cross-linking

Corneal ulcers are a very common problem in dogs and cats, and can result in blindness and even ...

Thumbs up from Students and Practices for the Dick White Academy

The Dick White Academy was established in 2016 to address the widespread shortage of qualified veterinary nursing staff. ...

Olly-Bob’s Lucky Escape

Olly-Bob, a one-year-old domestic short-haired cat, is the much-loved pet of Dawn Dominic who had rescued him from ...

Fellowships for Jon and Simon

All qualified veterinary surgeons must be Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in order to practise ...

New Anaesthetist on Board

Our team of Specialists is constantly expanding to meet the needs of an increasing referral caseload and the ...

Eye Screening Service Being Resumed

We are pleased to announce that our Ophthalmology Service is resuming the provision of a regular BVA/KC/ISDS Eye ...

Ophthalmology Training

As well as running an increasingly busy Ophthalmology Department, James Oliver and Ben Blacklock are responsible for the ...

An unexpected train ride for Sky

When Lisa Brady discovered that her 2-year-old Siberian Husky, Sky, had escaped from her garden in Whitham, Essexn, ...

Olive bites off more than she can chew!

When Richard Brewis decided to call in at the Chinese restaurant, he had no idea what the repercussions ...

New Head of Oncology Appointed

In preparation for the facilities being incorporated into the new  expansion, we have just appointed Dr Davide Berlato ...

RCVS Role for Ali

Dick White Academy Principal, Ali Heywood, has recently been appointed to the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Visitation Panel. Ali ...

Betsie’s story – with a twist!

Betsie and her brother Bertie were always highly excited when their owners appeared at 7.00 am each day ...

Adder bites – a springtime danger

Having recently had a case referred to us following an Adder bite, we thought that a reminder about ...

Major Expansion Due for Completion in 2020

Already one of Europe’s largest veterinary referral centres for small animals, we are now set to double our ...

Urethrocystoscopy – a new approach to lower urinary tract conditions

Urinary tract problems are a frequent occurrence in dogs and, in many cases, a clinical examination or diagnostic ...

Mitral Valve Disease Clinic

The EPIC study (Boswood et al 2016 JVIM 30(6):1765-1779) has documented a benefit from the use of pimobendan ...

Dick White Academy Celebrates Exam Performance

The Academy was established in 2016 to address the widespread shortage of qualified veterinary nursing staff. This shortage ...

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common diseases leading to osteoarthritis and lameness in dogs. Lameness and ...

INTRODUCING: COCO BOLLU

Coco Bollu, a 6 year old Yorkshire terrier, first came to DWR at the beginning of 2016 because ...

New publications

The following recently published papers illustrate the benefits of research collaboration, both between disciplines and between organisations. Negrin, ...

Holter Monitoring Service on show

Members of our Cardiology and Nursing Teams were out and abut at The London Vet Show last week, ...

Internal Medicine Textbook

DWR Internal Medicine Specialist and Head of Cardiology, Jon Wray, has authored a new textbook 'Canine Internal Medicine: ...

Great results for DWR Interns

We have heard from the University of Nottingham that 3 of the Interns who recently completed their internships ...

Reimbursement Scheme for RSA Customers

As a cost control measure RSA recently launched a Preferred Referral Network, agreeing fixed treatment costs with ‘preferred’ ...

Major expansion to start in 2018

When we expanded our premises in 2013, roughly doubling the floor space available to us, we wondered at ...

A butterfly in the spine, the hemivertebrae problem

Congenital malformations of the vertebrae causing spinal deformity have been reported in dogs and occur during the pre-birth ...

CPD in Eastern Europe

Our Head of Soft Tissue Surgery, Jackie Demetriou, has just returned from the Eastern European Regional Veterinary Conference, ...

Keyhole surgery gives Jago a brighter future

Jago, a Yorkshire Terrier, was referred to Jon Wray, Head of Cardiology, when he was just 7 weeks ...

Why is my dog so itchy?

It is common in our daily practice as veterinary surgeons to see dogs presented with pruritus (itchy skin) ...

INTRODUCING: ALFIE GARRETT

Alfie is a 7-year-old springer spaniel sent to us for investigation of his rapid breathing. An ultrasound scan ...

DWR tops 250 employees

Fourteen years ago, when Dick and Christine White decided to set up a small animal veterinary referral practice, ...

Shanti joins the imaging team

Shanti Esmieu is the newest Resident to join DWR. She graduated from the Université de Liège in 2012 ...

Wedding bells for Rachel and Darren

Massive congratulations go to Rachel Miller and Darren Barnes, Specialists in Internal Medicine and Surgery respectively, who were ...

Focus on osteoarthritis

On 17th October we are running an evening seminar on osteoarthritis, in conjunction with Elanco. Topics will include ...

Another Specialist in our Internal Medicine Team

Congratulations to Jess Florey, the most recent clinician to join our Internal Medicine Team, who has passed her ...

Jackie to spend 3 years on ECVS Board of Regents

We were very pleased to learn that, following a period of serving on the Examinations Committee, our Head ...

Ali to lead DWR Academy

The DWR Academy opened in 2016 in response to the recognised shortage of qualified veterinary nurses and nursing ...

Two awards for Charlene

We are extremely proud of Charlene Mallott, long term employee and our Neurology Nurse Manager. Not only has ...

Clinical Fellows Team expanded

We are delighted to have appointed Jess Florey as Clinical Fellow in Internal Medicine and Alex Belch, who ...

Ophthalmology CPD

The Ophthalmology Team is pleased to invite professional colleagues to an evening seminar on Thursday 24th August at ...

First DWR Academy Graduates

Congratulations to the first four graduates from the DWR Academy. Jessica Brookes, Leila Radford, Louise Boden and Jourdan ...

Moving to pastures new

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with our latest cohort of Interns: Floris Drões, Kine Elmenhorst, Pablo Pérez López ...

Promotion for Lizzie

Those of you who have visited us on a number of occasions will almost certainly have met, and ...

Successful US trip for Laura

When Laura George, our Internal Medicine Nurse Supervisor, went to Washington recently she made great use of her ...

BSAVA winner

When Emily Brooke, our Nurse Anaesthesia Technician, attended the 2017 British Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference she presented ...

Expanding service needs more space

Our Ophthalmology Service has grown rapidly from one Specialist consultant in 2013 to 3 Specialists currently - supported ...

Neurology Seminar

On Thursday 8th June, 3 members of our Neurology/Neurosurgery Team will be presenting a seminar at DWR on ...

Dog Show classes

Every year at our Open Day – come rain (hopefully not this year!) or shine – our Fun ...

Open Day fun for everyone

This year’s Open Day on 9th July will include even more activities and we will be dividing them ...

Lola ‘unlocked’ by veterinary expertise

Lola had always been a lively young boxer, enjoying nothing more than a romp along the beach in ...

Two more Specialists for DWR

We were delighted and very proud to receive the news that Darren Barnes and Ben Blacklock recently passed ...

New members of Internship Programme

We are delighted to welcome the following colleagues to our Internship Programme: Gianluca Bini MRCVS Gianluca graduated in ...

Our very own Jamie Oliver!!

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of James Oliver BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS to our Ophthalmology ...

Theatre Refurbishment

As our clinic has expanded and developed over the years, the number of operating theatres required to meet ...

Distinction for Charlee Hurlock

We are very proud of Charlee Hurlock, our Night Nurse Supervisor, who has been studying for the last ...

Expansion for Aniplant

The Dick White Charitable Foundation has been supporting Aniplant in Havana since 2010. It has renovated and equipped ...

Award Winners – and proud of it

We are delighted to have been awarded the 'Best Small Animal Referral Centre – UK’ in the Global ...

Holter Monitoring at DWR

We are pleased to announce that Dick White Referrals is now the proud owner of Holter Monitoring Service. ...

New, flexible monitoring

Our patients are now among the first in the UK to benefit from the brand new MostCareUp by ...

Expanded neurology services

Feline Neurology With the recent expansion of our Neurology Team, which now comprises 3 Specialists, 3 Residents and ...

Links with Portuguese college

Professor Dick White and three of his colleagues recently visited a training college in Viseu. Professor White gave ...

Close shave for Alaska

Our vets are often called from their beds in the middle of the night for emergency admissions and ...

Dick White Academy

Being acutely aware of the value of well trained veterinary nurses, nursing assistants and support staff we have ...

Ultrasound in Havana

The Dick White Charitable Foundation has been supporting the Aniplant Clinic in Havana for 6 years and the ...

Farewell to Julia, Mateusz and Joy

We were sad to lose those who have finished their Internship: Julia Smith, Joy Fenner and Mateusz Jaksz ...

New intern intake

We are pleased to welcome our new group of interns. Floris Dröes DVM MSc MRCVS After graduation from Utrecht ...

New Clinical Staff

As a result of an increasing caseload and expansion of our clinical services we have recently appointed the ...

Newest technology arrives at DWR

The ALICAM system is the world’s first capsule endoscopy system for dogs and we are delighted to be ...

Record Attendance at DWR Open Day

This year’s Open Day on Sunday 3rd July was the biggest and best ever. The sun shone throughout the day ...

Strategic Partnership to Enhance Development of DWR

DWR has announced a joint venture agreement with Pets At Home Vet Group, and will be the flagship ...

Welcome to our new website

After several months of planning and revising content, we are delighted to present our brand new website. Our ...