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We respectfully point out to colleagues that you have a responsibility to refer cases which you are unable to deal with, as well as to inform the client as to the level of expertise that the referral service offers. 

In accordance with the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct we do offer a 24-hour referral service within our normal referral fields. We provide a prompt “clinician” and “owner” friendly service, offering the very best standards of clinical care that we believe are possible.

All referring clinicians will receive a written detailed report within a few days of consultation.

Avian and Exotic Animal referrals Dermatology referrals
Lansdown Avian and Exotic Department Fledges Complementary therapies
Specialist, Training and Consultancy Services Referrals information
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Avian and Exotic Animal Referrals

Headed as ever by Neil Forbes. Neil is well known amongst most vets as a frequent author, editor (eg BSAVA Manuals), and lecturer at many national and international conferences.

Neil gained his FRCVS by examination in Exotic Bird Medicine in 1996 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery in 1997. He remains a RCVS Specialist in Zoo Animal & Wildlife Medicine (Avian) and examines for the European College in Avian Medicine and Surgery. Neil's latest publication is Self Assessment in Avian Medicine, published by Manson. 

Petra Zsivanovits is now a ECAMS recognised resident in Avian Medicine and Surgery. She is the first person to undertake this training outside of Utrecht University.

Deborah Monks is a member of the Association of Avian Vets and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.


Lansdown Avian and Exotic Department Fledges

Langford Avian Clinic

Apart from being the only centre outside of Utrecht to have a residency programme approved, this move has forged closer links with Bristol University at Langford. The residency programme is run in collaboration with Bristol and will involve inter-disciplinary teaching for the resident at Langford. As a consequence of this, regular referral (initially avian, but soon to be followed by exotic) clinics will be conducted at Langford. 

These clinics help us full fill our commitment to training of graduates, providing easier access to many of our first opinion clients travelling from greater distances but also allowing greater accessibility for referrals from a wider area. At the same time it will allow us access to the full specialist facilities and disciplines which Langford has to offer. Langford are joining with us in using this opportunity to offer day, modular and practical training for vets and nurses in avian medicine and surgery (please make your interest known to us on

The Langford Avian Clinic will have 24-hour support and hospitalisation facilities which will initially be provided at Stroud. A free E-mail advice service will be provided to practitioners from Langford (, and any clinician wishing to arrange a referral should contact Langford, leaving a message to that effect. We can assure you that that message will be handled promptly as we fully appreciate the acute nature of most potential referral cases. Referring clinicians, their colleagues or nurses will be welcome to accompany their cases to Langford.

Regent Veterinary Group Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic - Coventry

In response to popular demand from the geographical area combined with the enthusiasm of Carole Nicholson and the new facilities available at the Regent Veterinary Group, we will also be holding referral clinics in their new Hospital, although specialist and 24-hour cover will be provided in Stroud. Appointments for this clinic should be made by phoning Stroud.


Specialist, Training and Consultancy Services

Lansdown are able to offer colleagues specialist back up, in house or group training and consultancy services. 

We are all well aware of the increasing demand for specialist expertise in addressing some of the needs of our clientele. We believe it is generally preferable to bring in a specialist under your control than to risk loosing the client as you are unable to offer the specialist service which they require.


Ophthalmic referrals and Eye screening

Paul J Evans of Eye Veterinary Clinic, Moreton Eye, Leominster (tel: 01568 616616), qualified in 1968 and set up his dedicated referral practice in 1991. His practice is extensively equipped for both clinical diagnosis and surgery. Paul has developed special expertise in cataract and laser surgery. Electro-retinography (ERG), and Ultrasound scanning are used when necessary as part of a pre-cataract surgical case assessment.

Paul visits the hospital weekly to carry out routine clinical ophthalmology referral case work. He is also available for eye examination under the BVA/KC Eye Scheme.


Dermatology referrals

Barbara Stevenson qualified in 1985 and gained her Certificate in Dermatology in 1997. As we are all aware dermatology cases make up a significant proportion of the normal small animal case load and can, on occasions, become frustrating. Experience, post graduate qualifications, time and a comprehensive diagnostic work up all assist in resolving these awkward cases. Barbara’s particular interests are canine atopy, demodicocis and feline dermatoses. Intradermal skin testing is available. Barbara visits the practice on a regular basis.


Complementary therapies

Tony Nevin (osteopath), Diane Bradshaw (McTimoney manipulator) and Jan Lloyd-Jones (traditional and laser acupuncture) are all available to see referral cases. You can read more about these therapies on our Referrals information page.


Our professional referral staff are prepared to discuss any case with colleagues at any time. Our contact page has the details. 

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