Internal Medicine and Oncology Service
Internal Medicine & Oncology
Frequently Asked Questions
Top questions our Internal Medicine and Oncology Team are asked.
Please see the list of questions our medicine and oncology service is commonly asked.
Internal Medicine and Oncology FAQS
Do I need a referral to see an Internal Medicine and Oncology Veterinarian?
We are a referral only hospital (except for Emergencies). Your pet will be referred here by your own vet. A referral from your regular vet lasts for 6 months. If your pet develops a new problem during this time or a recurrence of the same problems after this time, you will require another referral.
I've been referred for an outpatient service, what does this mean?
Referral to an outpatient service means that your vet has referred your pet to us for a specific procedure and they remain the clinician in charge your managing your pet’s condition. All communication regarding the procedure performed will be directed to your veterinarian.
What should I bring with me?
- If your animal is insured, please notify your insurance company, check the wording of your policy and bring the necessary documentation and a claim form to your appointment to facilitate the claims process.
- Please check with your regular vet if you are required to bring in a referral history or radiographs with you or if they will forward these to us directly.
What can I expect?
Typically, after an initial consultation, a patient will be admitted for further investigations (e.g. blood tests, radiographs, ultrasound or endoscopy) or maybe re-admitted at another time more suited to the owner. After investigations, the patient may need to go back home to await results, although some may need to stay in for supportive treatment and care, depending on how unwell they are.
What tests and treatments are required?
The medicine clinician examining your animal will determine what tests and treatment your pet requires and will discuss these requirements with you. An estimate of the cost of investigations and treatment will be discussed with you. Please feel free, during the consultation, to ask any questions and discuss any worries that you might have.
Whilst in hospital, how will I find out what is happening to my pet?
Keeping you well informed about your pet is very important to us. We will do our best to be available to meet with you or to speak to you but clinical work is unpredictable, and there may sometimes be a delay before we can make contact. Please be patient under those circumstances.
Do I get a copy of my pet's records?
When your pet returns home, we will give you a document that outlines your pet’s condition and treatment. If you need to visit a veterinary surgeon soon after your pet is discharged, please take this document with you. Your veterinary surgeon will have already been contacted to update them about your pet, so that the appropriate type of veterinary care can continue to be provided.
A formal report will be written and sent to your veterinary surgeon soon after discharge or once all results are available.
Do I need to return for follow-up consultations or rechecks?
One of the most important aspects of treatment is the follow up. Depending on the specific problem with your pet, this may be managed by your own vet or by the team at WAVES.
I need more medications for my pet. Can I get them from WAVES and do I need to organise a revisit consultation?
By law, we are only allowed to supply medications for an animal under our care. This means that we must have seen your pet within the preceding 6 months. If you would like us to supply you with medication for your pet and it has been longer than 6 months since we reviewed your pet’s condition, you will be required to come in for a revisit consultation.
Have a referral?
Have you been referred by a vet? Please complete the registration form.
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