The best in care: Between 8 veterinarians and 15 nurses and support staff, Cessnock Veterinary Hospital has the knowledge and experience to help treat your sick or injured animal with the best treatments and advice available. Photo: Supplied.Cessnock Veterinary Centre and Hospital prides itself on providing a high standard of care both medical and surgical to the much loved pets of their clients. Being a busy hospital with a high case load and a lot of veterinarians, it allowsthe practice to develop areas of special interest. While there is a strong focus on treatments,there are many other things that important for a safe and healthy pet including micro-chipping, behavioural training, dietary and nutritional counselling, along with pet food and other supplies.

Dr David Barton especially enjoys complex soft tissue surgery and orthopaedic surgery and said that the most common orthopaedic problem hesees is ruptures of the cruciate ligament. “When left untreated there is is a large amount ofresulting pain and possible lameness. Surgical correction allows for return of function and minimises ongoing arthritis,” he said.

Full Checkup: From video endoscopy’s to ultrasounds, diagnostics are a major service that Cessnock Veterinary Hospital is able to provide. Photo: Supplied.

When you hear the words cruciate ligament, you automaticallyenvision athletes pulling up lame or footballers going down clasping at the knee.These vital ligaments are just as important, and susceptible to injury, for dogs. If yourdoggoes lame in one of their hind legs, theymay have torn or ruptured theircranialcruciate ligament (CCL) which is similar to the ACL in humans. Thisligament connects the back of the femur, which is the bone above the knee, tothe front of the tibia, the bone below the knee. Practice manager, Renae Bentley, said that up to date techniques such as the Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP) allows the veterinarian surgeonsto provide better solutions to clients and reduce recovery times for there pets.

Dr Robert Boyd has a special interest in video endoscopy which is putting tiny cameras in unusual places. He said being able to look on the inside allows surgeonsto actually visualise disease where previously more invasive surgery was required.”Only recently, we were able to use our equipment toretrieve a Lego brick from inside a cats stomach without surgery,”he said.

Ultrasonography,a method of viewing the bodies organs using sound waves,is another interest at Cessnock Veterinary Centre and Hospital withDr Damian Burke explainingithelpedtheteam to make non invasive diagnosis and wasespecially useful for heart disease, along with disease of the pancreas, liver, kidneysand bladder.

Small but important, the eyeis a special interest of Dr Andy Robins, with disease of thecomplex organ capturing hisattention. “We’re able to usereally sophisticated equipment to visualise the back of an eyeand even measure the pressure within the eye.Sometimes the most difficult aspect is keepingourfurry patientsstill for the procedure,” he said.