Pet owners and first opinion practices in the north-east of England are being offered a more comprehensive service after a referral hospital relaunched under new management.

The former Croft Vets Hospital at Cramlington has been renamed North East Veterinary Referrals.

The former Croft Veterinary Hospital at Cramlington, Northumberland, has been renamed North East Veterinary Referrals and given a greatly expanded remit.

The practice will be managed by joint clinical directors Sean Henney and Kathryn Pratschke – a European specialist in small animal surgery – assuring both referring practices and pet owners the clinical care given to pets treated by the hospital will be second to none.

Dr Pratschke said: “As North East Veterinary Referrals we will be adding a number of services not previously available in the area.”

New services will include: 

  • a specialist soft tissue surgery referral service
  • orthopaedic surgery
  • medical and surgical oncology


Dr Pratschke added: “The team is dedicated to providing a professional, accessible and comprehensive referral service that exceeds expectations both in terms of clinical care and customer service.”

Of the centre’s staff, Dr Henney said: “Kathryn and myself are fortunate to have a fantastic team of experienced vets, nurses and customer care staff at the hospital, and while the directors and the name above the door have changed, our commitment to excellence and the quality of our care have not.

“This rebranding marks the start of an exciting new era for specialist veterinary care across the north-east and Borders region, and everyone at the hospital is looking forward to developing new and mutually beneficial partnerships with our clinical colleagues in primary practice.”

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