Referral to Taverham Vets must always be made through your own veterinary surgeon who will contact us and provide a copy of any relevant clinical notes. You may be asked to bring any relevant x-rays to your appointment. A report will be sent back to your own veterinary surgeon at the end of your visit to Taverham Vets and they will continue your animal’s care.
All vets train for 5-6 years. However just like doctors, we continue our clinical training throughout our careers, attending courses, lectures and conferences. A small minority of vets chose to undertake 2-5 years of further training in specific subjects in order to sit RCVS Certificate Examinations. We are proud to have RCVS Certificate holders in:
- Small Animal Surgery
- Small Animal Orthopedics
- Veterinary Radiology
- Veterinary Dermatology
- Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
- Veterinary Cardiology
- Veterinary Ophthalmology
The RCVS Certificate is the level of postgraduate qualification awarded by RCVS one below the Diploma (a Diploma indicates Specialist status), and indicates that the holder is a competent clinician who has proved their experience and expertise by examination in their chosen subject.
Dermatology Patient History
Fax Back Form
Referral Client Handout
The practice is purpose built and winner of the BVHA 2007 “best design” award. The further academic qualifications achieved by our vets are backed up by constant investment in new facilities and equipment at Taverham Vets.
Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging and Endoscopy
Tom Robertson MA VetMB CertVDI CertVC MRCVS qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2001. He completed 5 years in mixed practice before moving to Norfolk. Tom completed a RCVS certificate in Diagnostic Imaging in 2007 and a RCVS Certificate in Cardiology in 2011. Tom received the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society Prize for achieving the best overall marks in the 2011 Cardiology Certificate Examinations. Tom accepts referrals in diagnostic imaging, particularly thoracic and abdominal ultrasound. He also has special interests in cardiorespiratory medicine and endoscopy. Tom is on the VCS list of approved cardiologists for breed heart scoring (auscultation only).
Soft tissue and Orthopaedic Surgery
Kate Pitcher BVSc CertVD CertVR MRCVS graduated from Bristol University in 1990. She holds RCVS qualifications in Dermatology and Radiology and sees referral skin problems sent to her from other local practices in addition to our own cases.
Helen Steele BVetMed(Hons) GPCert(Endo) MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and joined the practice in 2011. Helen holds the ESVPS general practitioner certificate in ophthalmology and is pleased to be able to offer an ophthalmology referral service to local practices in the area.
Endoscopy and “Minimally Invasive Surgery”
Taverham Vets have invested in some “state of the art” endoscopic equipment. This video endoscopy enables us to further investigate a number of areas of the body such as the stomach, the bladder, the nose and the lungs. Foreign bodies can be retrieved, biopsies taken and areas visualised which are never normally accessible. It is now possible for us to diagnose more problems and offer more treatments than ever before. We also offer key-hole spays and the removal of retained testicles using a key-hole technique. These advancements in surgery greatly benefit our patients due to quicker recovery times and fewer complications.
All potential costs will discussed before treatment or investigations are performed. However, in some instances it is not possible to give precise quotes due to variable needs of the patient. In these circumstances we will endeavour to keep you updated as to the account status. Payment will be required in full at the time of your animal’s discharge. We accept cash and credit/debit cards, plus payments over the phone. Insured Animals Our standard policy is for all fees to be settled by the client at the time of your animal’s discharge and the money is then claimed back from your insurance company. Claim forms can be left with us for completion and for sending on to the insurance company (this carries an administration fee). We endeavour to complete all forms promptly.