Pet Owners

What to expect if your pet is referred to us

Abington Park Referrals provides a comprehensive range of veterinary referral services in Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology and Diagnostic Imaging. At Abington Park Referrals we pride ourselves on our ability to not only reach the correct diagnosis for your pet but also to provide you with the most up to date and effective treatment options available to veterinary medicine today.

All our staff undergo constant training to keep up to date with any new developments in veterinary medicine and our 24 hour veterinary and nursing team work round the clock to care for your pet.

Many pets referred to us can have more than one condition affecting them simultaneously – which is why our team of surgeons and our medicine clinicians often work together to achieve the best clinical outcome for your pet, by making sure that each treatment is tailored to each individual pet and pet owner.

Abington Park Referrals is located in Northampton which is ideally located in the Midlands just off the M1 motorway.

For full details of how pet owners can find us please visit our Contact Us page.

If you have been referred to us and wish to know more about the referral process please see our FAQs below.

Abington Park Referrals is part of Abington Park Veterinary Group which runs our primary care practice from our three surgeries in Abington, Moulton, and Acorn. Our Abington surgery is open 7 days a week until 10pm and has a 24 hour emergency service

Pet Owner FAQs

  • What is a veterinary referral?
  • What do I need to bring with me?
  • What happens when I arrive?
  • What happens if my pet is admitted for tests and treatment?
  • What happens when my pet comes home?
  • Will my own vet be updated?
  • Can I go back to my own vet for treatments after I have seen you?

What is a veterinary referral?

Many of us have been referred to a consultant by our GPs when we have more complex health issues. Veterinary medicine is similar to human medicine , so there are times when your own vet may need to refer your pet to someone with more expertise in a particular area. Abington Park Referrals accept referrals from vets in primary care/ first opinion practice – we also run our own first opinion practice which runs from our three surgeries in Northampton. For further details visit Abington Park Veterinary Group.

What do I need to bring with me?

Any medications your pet is taking. Any letters, clinical history, test results or x-rays that your vet may have given you. If your pet is insured please bring a copy of the insurance claim form, signed and completed by the holder of the insurance and a copy of the insurance policy. A means of payment, as this is required at the time of consultation. For more information on insurance, see the payments section of our Terms & Conditions

What happens when I arrive?

The referral clinician will examine your pet, review any previous treatments given by your own veterinary surgeon, explain what tests are recommended and give you an estimate of the likely costs involved before any treatment is given.

To get an idea of possible costs involved please see our Price Lists.

The referral clinician may advise that your pet needs to be admitted as an inpatient for diagnostic tests, treatments or surgery .

What happens if my pet is admitted for tests and treatment?

Our dedicated veterinary and nursing staff will care for your pet 24/7.

If your pet needs to stay with us for any length of time you will be updated daily with your pet’s progress and also kept informed of ongoing costs of treatment.

The referral clinician will discuss any test results or surgery with you and formulate your pet’s treatment plan.

What happens when my pet comes home?

The Referral Clinician will discuss your pet’s treatment with you and advise you whether any further tests, followup appointments or medications are required.

Will my own vet be updated?

The referral clinician will communicate any results to your own vet, so they will be aware of any treatments or medication your pet has received while under our care.

Can I go back to my own vet for treatments after I have seen you?

This depends on each individual case, your pet may be able to have follow-up care provided by your own veterinary surgeon.

In some cases your pet may need to return to see our referral clinicians for further diagnostic work or treatments.

Our referral clinicians will keep you and your vet fully informed throughout the referral process.