Our quick guide to the referral process

Veterinary referrals can seem complicated. We’re here to make the process as simple as possible for everyone.

How it works

Step One

Get in touch

Your primary care vet will either make a referral on your behalf, or give you what you need to do it yourself – in which case just call, email, or fill in the form.

Step Two


Once we’ve received all the information we need, our specialists will review your
pet’s case.

Step Three


We’ll contact you to arrange a consultation, which will be held here
at our practice.

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It’s easy to find us

We’re conveniently located for those in the Manchester and wider North West area.

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Quality care and respect.

That’s at the core of everything we do, and it’s what we ensure each and every one of our patients and customers gets when they come to us.

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Are you a general practice veterinary surgeon?

No we are a specialist referral practice. We can take on a wide range of complex cases. All you need to do is tell us more.

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Making a difference

Because when care and respect are front and centre, we can really make a difference to people’s (and animals’) lives.

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Why Dogwood?

There’s a reason we’re so good at what we do – and it all starts with a connection.

About our practice
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With us, you’re in safe hands.

How other owners feel about us

We would like to thank Don and the rest of the Dogwood team for everything they have done for Casper. He is making an excellent recovery after his spinal surgery and is certainly getting back to his normal self again. Thank you!

Judith Storey and her 1 year old Shih Tzu Casper

I couldn’t be happier with the treatment Luna received from Don and the team. She had excellent care during her few days there and I think she enjoyed all the fuss – and now she’s home we can’t keep her still!

Marissa Lowe and her 2 year old cat Luna

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Common questions about Dogwood.


We’ll always do our best to answer any queries you might have, including everything from how to get an appointment to what happens when you get here.

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Expert veterinary referral services

We’re not about bamboozling you with veterinary jargon, or trying to impress with fancy techniques and methods – and we’re definitely not going to brag about the variety of letters after our names. The truth is that good care doesn’t require it. What truly great care needs is compassion, logic and honesty, delivered by people who’ll always strive for the right outcome. You’ve got that with us.