Brighton Veterinary Referrals is the Sussex centre of choice for other vets in Sussex looking to refer their patients that need more specialist care. We have particular strength and experience in management of cardiorespiratory disease; internal medicine, diagnostic imaging (ultrasound and CT) and laparoscopy (“keyhole surgery”).

Our location in New Priory Vets’ state-of-the-art Brighton hospital ensures referral patients benefit holistically from the 24-hour emergency and overnight hospitalisation facilities provided by P.E.T.S. In addition, we coordinate referrals with trusted visiting consultants in dermatology, ophthalmology and feline medicine.

To speak to us about our Referrals service call

01273 540430



  • We combine echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) with conventional chest X-rays and ECG recording when investigating cardiac cases.
  • A full in-house laboratory enables us to run a wide variety of blood tests immediately, any time of the day or night.
  • Our 16-slice CT scanner offers many advantages over traditional x-rays and is our tool of choice for diagnosing problems in the chest, abdomen, head and joints. We are currently the only vets in East Sussex to have this advanced technology.
  • Laparoscopy or ‘keyhole surgery’ enables us to use a very small camera as we perform our surgical procedures. This technique is less invasive and ensures your pet makes a rapid recovery.
  • Endoscopy enables us to take diagnostic samples from all areas of the gut (gastrointestinal tract, oesophagus, stomach and intestines) without surgery.
  • Bronchoscopy and rhinoscopy cameras enable us to clarify the origin of problems that can occur with your pet’s airway.
  • Our ECG unit allows us to interpret and monitor any abnormalities in your pet’s heart rhythm. We also have a Holter ECG which enables us to continuously monitor the heart rhythm of our patients whether on an outpatient basis in their home environment or if they are critically unwell and require hospitalisation.

Referring Vets

We’re here to support you and your clients. If you need help or advice please don’t hesitate to call or email us about tricky cases.  We’d encourage you to think of our centre as an extension to your own clinic providing gold standard care locally – a particular bonus for unstable cardiorespiratory cases, with the added benefit of us being able to manage ongoing hospitalisation if required. Find out more about our specialist team and procedures or get in touch for additional information about our service.

If you’d like to discuss a referral, or if your case is urgent in nature please contact us on 01273 540430.

Pet Owners

If you’ve been referred to us it’s because your vet is concerned your pet would benefit from more specialist investigations. Rest assured the clinicians helping you and your pet are some of the best in Sussex and we know it’s important for this process to be as smooth as possible. We understand consistency is key to providing the best possible experience for your pet and effective communication is vital for your peace of mind. Once your vet has made the referral, our friendly reception team will be in touch to arrange an appointment and advise you on any preparation required. We will liaise with you and your vet afterwards to explain the findings of any investigations, provide recommendations and ongoing care and support.

Medicine and Imaging

Our medicine and diagnostic imaging service includes: abdominal ultrasound, CT, radiology and procedures such as endoscopy. Cases that are referred to Brighton Veterinary Referrals are seen by our recognised Specialist consultant Alison Hall MA VetMB DipECVIM MRCVS.

We also offer standalone CT for orthopaedic cases on an outpatient basis.

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Cardiorespiratory imaging cases referred to Brighton Veterinary Referrals are seen by Gavin McAulay BVetMed CertEM(Int Med) CertVC MRCVS.

Assessment of the heart, lung and nasal area involves specific examination skills alongside specialist equipment including ultrasound, Holter ECG, CT and bronchoscopy.

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Laparoscopy cases referred to Brighton Veterinary Referrals are seen by Vicky Butler-Ball and Nicky Ross. Laparoscopy is often referred to as ‘keyhole surgery’, ‘endoscopy’ or even ‘videosurgery’ and is a minimally invasive technique.

The benefits of laparoscopy are lower risk, smaller surgery wounds and a faster recovery time.

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