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Although the UTCVM clinician/surgeon and referring veterinarian may have previously discussed a case prior to the animal being seen at the hospital, it is necessary and in the patient’s best interest that pertinent case history, recent test results, and surgery and medication information be provided at least 48 hours before the appointment along with the completed referral form. The person that discusses the case with the referring veterinarian prior to the patient’s arrival is not always the same person to admit and treat the patient.

Small animal services that require a referral from a licensed veterinarian are:

  • Cardiology*
  • Dentistry/oral surgery
  • Daytime Emergency
  • Medical and Radiation Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Veterinary Imaging Service (CT/MRI)
  • Veterinary Obesity Center

Small animal services that do not require a referral are:

  • After-Hour Emergency
  • Avian/Exotics/Zoo
  • Behavior- referral not required but a primary veterinarian is required to be involved on the case
  • Dermatology (referral preferred)*
  • Physical Rehabilitation

*Large animal cases for cardiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology services must be referred through the Large Animal Hospital.