Temporary suspension of referrals for select services
Updated Dec. 17, 2020
SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY SERVICE
Due to a large volume of small animal surgical cases and reduced staffing, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) is asking for the assistance of referring veterinarians in informing their clients about the current situation regarding non-emergent surgical cases at the veterinary teaching hospital. Click the button below to read a message from Dr. Steve Manning, WCVM associate dean (clinical programs).
VMC referral services
Updated May 10, 2021
As of May 10, 2021, the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) referral portal is open for all clinical services except small animal surgery, which remains closed to all cases other than emergencies and urgent care. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wait times for some services may be longer. There may also be a wait list for certain specialty services.
Click on the button below to learn more about the VMC's COVID-19 response and the preventive protocols that all animal owners must follow. If you are referring a case to the VMC, please ensure that your clients are aware of these protocols before they bring cases to the veterinary teaching hospital.
About Referral Cases
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre serves as the referral centre for all veterinarians who practise across Western Canada.
Online Referral Forms
The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's online referral process has been upgraded.
Click the green button below to begin the referral submission process.
Questions or problems? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laboratory files and/or radiographic images can be attached to your online submission. Here's a list of the types of referrals that the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre can accept:
- Clinical behaviour (dogs, cats, exotic pets, pocket pets and horses)
- Equine standing MRI
- Medicine-surgery (exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife)
- Rehabilitation (rehabilitation, acupuncture and laser therapy services)
We are staffed by faculty who have teaching, research and additional responsibilities. Referral cases must be seen by the clinicians on duty rather than by a specific faculty member. This is the case even if you have spoken to a specific faculty member and they have encouraged you to refer the case to the Veterinary Medical Centre.
If your client is scheduling the appointment, please ask your client to let our staff know that this is a referral appointment. We will ask for:
- the referring veterinarian's name
- the name and address of the referring veterinary clinic
- a completed online referral form (see above). Radiographic images and/or laboratory files (in jpeg or PDF format) can be attached to your online submission.
As the patient's referring veterinarian, you will receive a final written report after the case is discharged from the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.
Referring Emergency Cases
If a referred patient is an emergency case
- Send your patient and client on their way to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre.
- Call the appropriate clinic to provide more details and your client's estimated arrival time.
- Complete the appropriate referral form.
Please inform your client that the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre will charge emergency fees.
If a specialty clinician is unavailable, a clinical intern or a resident (under a senior clinician's supervision) will accept the referred emergency patients.
Notices for Veterinarians