How can we help your pet?

  • Advanced Imaging Diagnostics
  • Cardiology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Soft Tissue Surgery

Advanced Imaging Diagnostics

A mobile MRI unit, based inside an eight wheel articulated lorry, visits the hospital on a fortnightly basis. Previously reserved for human medicine, MRI scanning procedures are safe and highly effective methods of producing clear cross sectional images of the body. This means that complex neurological and spinal injuries can be reliably diagnosed and then be effectively treated. Veterinary practices who have problem cases in this area can refer these to Earlswood for MRI.

With over eight years experience in developing mobile veterinary MRI scanning, Burgess Diagnostic's highly skilled team of radiographers, engineers and veterinary surgeons can provide all of your veterinary cross sectional imaging needs. Following MRI scanning, the radiograph images are forwarded to Geoff Skerrit for reporting. A full written report is forwarded to the client's own veterinary surgeon usually within one week.


Our services within Cardiology include:

  • Investigation of cardio-respiratory cases in dogs and cats
  • Diagnosis and continued monitoring of acquired heart disease
  • Accurate diagnosis and treatment plans for congenital heart problems
  • 12-lead electrocardiography (including interpretation of faxed ECG’s)
  • Echocardiography: Including spectral and colour-flow Doppler investigation, Tissue Doppler, Ultrasonographic, “Bubble-studies”                             
  • Thoracic radiography (including interpretation of radiographs sent or emailed to the practice)
  • 24 Hour ambulatory ECG/Holter monitoring equipment available including full interpretation/report
  • Implantation of “Reveal” devices for long term assessment of arrhythmias and syncopal cases
  • Angiography
  • Investigation of syncope and collapse
  • Investigation and treatment of complex arrhythmias
  • Interventional occlusion of intra-hepatic portosystemic shunts
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Service: Thoracotomy, Thoracoscopy (including evaluation and biopsy of intra-thoracic pulmonary and cardiac masses), Lung lobectomy (via thoracotomy or thoracoscopy), Pneumothorax, Pleural effusions, Pericardial effusion, Patent ductus arteriosus, Mitral stenosis, Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Interventional treatments: Pericardial effusion, Thoracoscopic and balloon pericardiectomy, Pacemaker implantation, Balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis, Intraluminal tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse, Amplatzer duct occcluder placement for treatment of patent ductus arteriosus, Ureteral stenting
  • Diagnosis, assessment and surgical treatment of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts
  • Abdominal ultrasonography including assessment of pancreas, adrenal

Our visiting cardiologist is Stephen Collins BVetMed, DVC, MRCVS. Stephen is a Clinical Director at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists and founder of the cardiology service. Stephen qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1991 and has worked for many years in mixed and small animal practice before becoming a cardiology specialist. He gained his RCVS Cardiology Certificate in 1997 and his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2012. He is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology.

Internal Medicine

The internal medicine referral service deals with cases where there is no immediately obvious diagnosis or surgical solution to the problem.  This covers problems affecting all body systems (other than the skin).  In addition, we offer a medical oncology service, which includes the diagnosis and staging of cancer and the design and administration of chemotherapy protocols. 

Our internal medicine clinicians are Heather Smith and Rachel Dunlop.  They are supported by a dedicated team of medicine-specific nurses.  The medicine team are passionate about providing the highest standards of care for their patients.  Patients receive 24/7 care, with out of hours care being provided by Vets Now in close collaboration with our own staff. 


  • Diagnostic imaging – radiography, ultrasound, CT
  • Full range of endoscopic equipment – GI endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy
  • Minimally invasive biopsy techniques – laparoscopy, endoscopy
  • In-house diagnostic laboratory


Access to advanced imaging modalities (on- site CT and visiting high-field MRI) has transformed our ability to diagnose and treat neurological diseases ranging from spinal cord injuries to inflammatory diseases of the brain.   Our experienced and caring nursing team provide a very high standard of 24- hour nursing care for these patients, including physiotherapy under the direction of our rehabilitation unit.

We offer diagnosis and treatment for a range of surgical and medical conditions, including:

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Vertebral luxations and fractures
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism (spinal stroke)
  • Seizure investigation
  • Inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord
  • Vestibular disease
  • Syringomyelia



The dedicated ophthalmology theatre contains the cataract surgery facilities an up to the minute Alcon Infinity Phacoemulsifier and recently purchased Leica OPMI operating microscope. These allow for more rapid cataract removal with less impact on the eye. Acrylic lenses can be inserted as standard.

This service includes:

  • Phacoemulsification cataract removal
  • Glaucoma cases
  • Lendectomy surgeries
  • Intraocular surgeries
  • Parotid duct transposition surgery for dry eye
  • Entropian and Ectropian surgeries
  • Keratectomy for dermoide chronic indolent ulceration
  • Electoretinography
  • Distichiasis surgery

Our Ophthalmologists are Ian Millar and Steven Baird. They are also happy to review ophthalmic images sent by email free of charge to help diagnose and advise treatment. Get in touch with us for more information on this.

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We have a dedicated orthopaedic theatre, isolated from the hospital and with unidirectional airflow to allow an exceptionally sterile operating environment. There is a vast range of equipment and implants enabling a choice of technique for problems in all sizes of patients. We have excellent digital software to help with the complex pre-surgical planning required for the correction of angular limb deformities and intraoperative fluoroscopy to confirm reduction and accuracy of implant placement when required.

This service includes:

  • Fracture treatment: All conventional internal fixation systems including cannulated drill bits and headless compression screws. Angle stable locking plate technology (FIXIN,SOP,Synthes), external fixation (linear, hybrid and circular systems). Minimally invasive surgery to include percutaneous plate application and fluoroscopically guided sacroiliac stabilisation 
  • Arthoscopy: Fully equipped new Richard Wolf tower including shaver system and intrarticular diathermy with 3 telescope sizes to diagnose and treat elbow dysplasia, shoulder OCD, biceps tenosynovitis, meniscal tears and inspection of cruciate ligaments
  • PAUL for severe medial compartment disease (DJD usually caused by elbow dysplasia) Hip dysplasia and DJD: Pubic symphysiodesis, double/triple pelvic osteotomy and total hip replacement using Kyon cementless implants
  • Angular limb deformity: Luxating patellae, malunions and growth plate anomaly. These deformities can be treated by acute wedge osteotomy or with llizaroff technique to gradually correct and perform limb lengthening
  • Cruciate disease: TPLO, Cora based TPLO, TTA, Modified Maquet technique enables us to individualise surgery according to the conformation and size of each patient 
  • A range of suture anchors and biomaterials for prosthetic ligaments and soft tissue augmentation

Our orthopaedic surgeon is Greg Dunlop.

Rehabilitation Services

Our rehabilitation suite was completed and opened in 2009 with Northern Ireland’s first and only underwater treadmill. You can read about our other rehabilitation services below.


The use of very fine needles to stimulate nerves and the central nervous system to achieve pain relief and relaxation of muscle spasm. This ancient Eastern therapy is now understood scientifically and the World Health Organisation has produced a list of conditions which have been shown to respond to acupuncture. Acupuncture can assist in post surgical recovery. It is also suitable for pets suffering from such conditions as arthritis, injuries, chronic lameness, paralysis/paresis, neurological cases, back pain, neck pain, muscle spasm and lick granulomas.


The use of physical therapies such as hot and cold therapy, massage, passive and active exercises to relieve pain, increase joint range of motion and improve strength and function.

Therapeutic laser

The use of light energy to reduce inflammation, achieve pain relief and promote healing.

Hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill)

This utilises the buoyancy of water to support your pets weight while allowing the muscles and joints to regain strength and range of motion without trauma. The benefits are pain relief, improved muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, reduced oedema and swelling and increased joint range of motion. Most painful orthopaedic problems will benefit from hydrotherapy.

Our rehabilitation suite is overseen by Siobhan Menzies.

Soft Tissue Surgery

This service includes:

  • Brachycephalic airway disease, laryngeal paralysis, total ear canal ablation Cardiothoracic surgical service
  • Diagnosis, assessment and surgical treatment of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts, diseases of the biliary tree. lnterventional occlusion of intrahepatic portosystemic shunts
  • Laparascopic ovarohysterectomy, liver and other organ biopsies, adrenalectomy temporary urinary diversion (urethral bypass) in certain cases to avoid urethrotomy or urethrostomy, ectopic ureter. lnterventional treatments: Ureteral and urethral stenting (useful in the management of transitional cell carcinoma)
  • Wound management and reconstruction, such as skin grafting, axial pattern flaps, myocutaneous flaps for reconstruction following radical surgery for neoplasia or severe shearing injury