Our small animal referrals service is based at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at our Hawkshead Campus. The hospital is the largest referral hospital in Europe, with the greatest concentration of veterinary specialists and specialists-in-training (over 100 from over 10 countries).

We offer a responsive, friendly and helpful service to referring vets and pet owners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our world-class specialists and clinicians treat over 17,000 animals each year, leading the way in clinical practice and are at the cutting-edge of veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Medicine students will spend time on their clinical rotations (in their 4th year and final year) to work and learn in the QMHA. You will dedicate time to gaining practical clinical experience with real life cases, consolidating your learning about diagnosis and management of animal diseases.

Veterinary Nursing students have the opportunity to work and learn in the small animal referrals hospital, developing practical care skills, client care, and management.

The experience gained in our hospitals will expand your knowledge and understanding of how veterinary practices and organisations operate, and help you develop your soft skills and become confident in case management. This is a vital part of graduating from your course ready for work.


  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Behaviour clinic
  • Cardiology
  • Critical care
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Emergency referral
  • Exotics
  • First Opinion Emergency
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Nutrition
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Transfusion medicine

During my placement, I have enjoyed rotations because students are actively involved in the clinical discussion surrounding your cases. As well as having the opportunity to ask questions and being asked my thoughts and interpretations on various cases. With this comes knowledge on disease processes and clinical presentations, which I will remember when I qualify.
Along with the hands-on and practical skills, I have learned valuable client communication skills that will benefit me and my future patients. While on rotations, I have had the opportunity to take histories for clinically challenging cases and learnt how to form meaningful client relationships. Rotations have made me incredibly excited for my future as a qualified vet.

— Sydney Harrington, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

More information about our Small Animal Referral Service here

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