Canine and Feline Practice
The CityU Veterinary Medical Centre (CityU VMC) Canine and Feline Specialist Service is a recognized specialist service in Hong Kong and newly created to support a growing demand in second opinion and referral cases on advanced clincial cases. Examples of these are cases where animals present with multiple comorbidities and less specific clinical signs, or cases that might be challenging to diagnose and manage requiring a higher level of care and investigation using diagnostic procedures like CT scans, ultrasound guided biopsies and/or a variety of other procedures.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (DABVP in Canine and Feline practice) has advanced knowledge across multiple disciplines and we have developed this service to provide our broad knowledge and support to both colleagues and clients. When appropriate, we may refer your case to a more specific, specialized service when the condition warrants. The service is available at the VMC as a primary care service, a second opinion service or a referral service. We are proud and happy to work together with clients and referring colleagues to address your pets needs.
Our services include:
- Ultrasonography of abdomen and chest (non-cardiac)
- Radiography and interpretation
- Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound)
- CT (Computed Tomography)
- Endoscopy (diagnostic and treatment)
- Surgery of soft tissues and basic orthopedics
- Ophthalmology consultations and basic surgery
- Non invasive ultrasound, endoscopic and CT guided fine needle aspirates or biopsies
- Oncology consultations, diagnosis and treatment of cancer including surgery and chemotherapy
- Consultations on Endocrinology (i.e: Cushing’s, Thyroid disease), Renal disease, Liver and Gallbladder disease, Infectious disease (i.e: Tick Fever, respiratory infections), Dermatology cases, and other general practice disciplines.
*Please note that a DABVP(Canine Feline Practice) is not board certified in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology, dermatology or other specific discipline orientated specializations and is instead board certified in a more generic approach to practice in canine and feline species. We may refer to a specific specialist at the VMC when conditions require a specific specialist.
What to Expect
Upon arriving at the CityU VMC, approach the reception counter where you will be helped to register your pet if this was your first time at VMC. Our customer service department should have booked an appointment for you in advance so we will be waiting for you ready to help and make your experience as hassle free as possible. Our reception speaks English and Mandarin in addition to Cantonese. Help yourself to a cup of tea or a coffee while you wait to be called in. We will try and see you and your pet as soon as we can.
Canine and Feline Practice evaluations often include a thorough initial physical examination followed by more specific tests if they might be needed. Our usual full panel exams comprise blood work, urine analysis and imaging studies that include proficient ultrasonography and radiography. In cases where advanced imaging such as CT and Endoscopy are needed we can provide them either the same day or upon appointment, depending on urgency and availability. Further medical testing or surgical treatment will be then planned if necessary. The decision for medical or surgical treatment with a canine and feline practice specialist or with another specific discipline specialist will be always decided by you and should be based on the technical difficulty of the procedures and on the financial limitations of the client understanding the differences of skill sets in either of the specialists.
What should I bring to my consultation?
Copies of the history and blood and urine tests performed previously will help us understand what your pet has been through and how we can best help you.
Copies of radiographs, ultrasounds or other imaging tests your pet might have had before.
How long will my pet’s appointment take?
The consultation itself will average about 20 to 30 minutes. In that time we will normally ask you relevant questions about the condition of your pet and we will then proceed to carry out other tests. If radiographs, ultrasounds or other tests are needed we might need to keep your pet for a little longer to complete the studies accordingly.
What will happen if I arrive too late?
If you should be late for more than 15 minutes we might ask you to reschedule the booking. This is to ensure you with the best service possible (and this takes time) and also not to let the next person waiting. We thank you for your understanding and being on time.
What if I have a booking but cannot come?
In this case we would kindly ask you to cancel the booking at least 24 hours before the consultation. You can do this by phone or via e-mail. This gives others a chance to come, as our waiting list can be long.