WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty (WAVES)

General Services


This involves the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease in dogs and cats, aiming to prolong good quality life in all of our patients. Investigations of cardiac disease will often involve a combination of blood samples, blood pressure monitoring, electrocardiography (ECG), thoracic radiographs (x-rays) and echocardiography (heart scan). Treatment usually involves drug therapy, but for some patients surgical intervention is required which can be provided by our surgical team. 

Medical neurology

Neurology is the study and treatment of diseases of the nervous system. This part of the body includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Pets with neurological disease may have seizures, loss of balance, abnormal behaviour and abnormal gait or may not be able to get up at all. Investigations of conditions may include blood samples, CT or MRI scans, sampling of the cerebrospinal fluid, or nerve/ muscle biopsies.


Oncology is the study and treatment of cancer. Cancer can manifest in many different ways, according to the type and site of development. Various diagnostic tests including imaging and tissue sampling are usually required to make a diagnosis. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer often requires input from other disciplines within the practice, such as the diagnostic imaging and the surgical team in order to ensure the best possible treatment and quality of life for our patients. We can offer a range of chemotherapeutic options for lymphoma and some leukaemias. In addition to this we also provide chemotherapy for selected solid tumours, usually as post-operative adjunctive therapy.


This is a minimally invasive technique that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ (e.g. intestine or lungs) and allows for tissue or cell sampling from that organ. Unlike in human medicine our furry friends require general anaesthesia for this procedure. Endoscopy, however, is considered safe as complications from the procedure are uncommon. We routinely perform endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract for patients that are vomiting or have diarrhoea, airways (bronchoscopy) for those with coughing or breathing difficulties and nasal cavity (rhinoscopy) for cases with sneezing, nasal discharge or nasal bleeding.

Interventional Services

Using advanced imaging equipment (digital radiography and endoscopy) we are able to offer minimally invasive procedures such as balloon dilatation of oesophageal and rectal strictures. In the near future, with the use of fluoroscopy we hope to be able to offer an interventional service for tracheal and urethral stenting.

Outpatient Medical Services

We are pleased to be able to offer a variety of one off procedures, rather than full referral, for some investigative procedures (ECG, Blood pressure). This allows you to use the outpatient medicine services as an extension of your own practice, for modalities that may not otherwise be available. In addition to these procedures, if you have a patient that requires other diagnostic investigations that you not have the capability to perform at your practice, please contact the medicine service to discuss if we are able to assist you. This service is available for veterinarians only. Please contact us for more information.

Advice for Veterinary Practitioners

We offer a free phone or email advice service. To discuss any medical cases, with no obligation for referral, please call 9412 5700 or email medicine@wavets.com.au. If we are unable to take your call immediately we will endeavour to respond to your query within one working day. However if your query is urgent please advise reception staff when you call.

ECG Reporting Service

Send your ECG to referral@wavets.com.au or fax a photocopy of your ECG to WAVES on 9412 5788. There is a fee for this service if a written report is required. This fee is waivered if the case is subsequently referred.