We’re a dedicated, experienced and passionate team of Veterinary Specialists, nurses and professionals based in Hertfordshire. We’ve been providing outstanding care for over 20 years and are one of the largest and most diverse veterinary referral hospitals in Europe.
Established in 1998, by Dr Jerry Davies and his wife Olivia, as the UK’s first specialist referral centre set up outside of the traditional university-based system. Today, we employ more than 100 Specialist Veterinary clinicians, Registered Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary professionals and provide care for more than 9000 patients every year.
To meet the needs of the patient, their owner and the referring Veterinary Surgeon by delivering the best multidisciplinary specialist care.
To embrace true teamwork by assembling a team of the most appropriate specialists, clinicians and nurses to provide the best care possible for every pet.
To be open and collaborative by ensuring we keep our pet owners and referring vets informed at every stage of treatment.
To actively support our mission with learning, research, innovation and teaching.
Our specialists are leaders in their fields known for innovative research and pioneering procedures. You can read more about some of their achievements in our case study section. We offer a varied CPD (Continued Professional Development) calendar for our Veterinary Professional colleagues. Our internship programme develops and supports the next generation of Veterinary Specialists.
To be the first choice for small animal specialist care.
Located in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, our rural and peaceful location gives our patients space to exercise and also makes visiting your pet a more comfortable and personal experience. Our hospital is designed to ensure that the very best care, including nutritional management and physiotherapy, can be provided at all times.
With six wards including an intensive care unit, a separate cat ward and an isolation unit, we can comfortably treat and care for 90 patients at any one time. Each ward is staffed by dedicated patient care nurses, who quickly get to know each patient’s clinical problems and particular character.
Our intensive care unit means that we can manage and monitor both post-surgical as well as medically ill cases 24 hours a day, whilst five theatres are comprehensively equipped for anaesthesia and monitoring. Other state-of-the-art facilities and procedures we offer include 11 consulting rooms, on-site laboratory, diagnostic facilities, orthopaedic theatre, soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, neurosurgery (including spinal surgery and brain surgery), cardiology and anaesthesia.
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Life as a Veterinary Nurse in lockdown
Jemma Gaughran and Jenny Shortland from our Nursing team describe how their role has changed whilst working during lockdown.
Davies adapts to lockdown and believes it may enhance future function
By adapting practice processes during lockdown, our clinicians have continued to help numerous pets.