At Abbotts Way Veterinary Clinic we pride ourselves in providing a comprehensive, high quality medical and diagnostic service. Our veterinary hospital is fully equipped and purpose built and we like to stay abreast of current advances in veterinary medicine by undertaking continuing education in the form of conferences and distance education.
We are also members of the VIN (Veterinary Information Network) allowing us to access information and advice from leading specialists around the world
We have an in-house computerised radiography system allowing us to perform x-rays on site on demand. We are also able to perform hip scores and elbow scores to screen for developmental orthopaedic problems such as hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
Ultrasound is a pain and stress free diagnostic procedure used at Abbotts Way on a daily basis these days, allowing us to diagnose a variety of medical conditions without the need for referral or exploratory surgery.
Dr Rachael Williams has been performing abdominal ultrasound for nearly ten years now and in 2016 underwent further training in advanced echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) allowing us to diagnose most heart conditions at Abbotts Way now also.
An ECG or electrocardiogram graphs the electrical conductivity in the heart muscle and may be used to help diagnose various heart conditions, electrolyte imbalances and drug toxicities. A lot of these conditions can be life threatening so having an ECG on site is important to allow us to diagnose and treat many of these disorders as quickly as possible. Performing an ECG, xrays and an echocardiogram gives us complete information regarding the function of the heart
When diagnostic testing is required it is important that test results are back to us as soon as possible. Our in-house laboratory allows us to have ready access to blood and urine test results (often within thirty minutes) This allows rapid diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s medical condition.
The in-house laboratory also means quick turnaround on pre anaesthetic tests on your pet on the morning of their surgery.
We are able to run Full Blood Counts, Serum Chemistry and Electrolyte Analysis as well as tests of Thyroid and Adrenal function. Other more specialised blood tests are couriered to the local Gribbles laboratory and results are usually obtained within 24 hours.
We are also able to perform cytology on some lumps, fluid and skin scrapings in house meaning rapid diagnosis. We can also test for FIV (feline aids), Feline Leukaemia, and Feline Peritonitis. Urine tests such as dipstick tests, specific gravity and sediment are also in house.
As in human medicine complex cases sometimes require treatment at a specialist facility. If necessary we are able to offer rapid referral to local veterinary specialists for:
“We have been clients of Abbotts Way for many years and cannot praise them highly enough. On one occasion we had a very sick dog who would surely have died if it had not been for the love , care and attention she received, not only from the vets but the nurses too. At Abbotts Way they know we treat our dogs as part of our family and so do they.”
– Jason & Jackie Osborn, Kohimarama