The Royal Veterinary College has opened a specialist ophthalmology service at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in Hertfordshire, kitted out with the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art equipment available.

The Royal Veterinary College has opened a new specialist ophthalmology service at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA) in Hertfordshire, offering “a friendly and comprehensive small animal referral service to veterinary surgeons in general practice”.
 
Eye surgeryThe ophthalmology service has been kitted out with the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art equipment available and will benefit from the on-hand support of leading edge veterinary care at Europe’s largest small animal hospital.
 
According to RVC, the multi-disciplinary team of specialists based at the hospital ensures the delivery of the best possible care for the patients.

All ophthalmology cases will be supported by dedicated anaesthesiologists while, on an individual case basis, the ophthalmologists can draw upon the expertise of specialists in imaging, oncology, neurology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, dermatology, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery.

Working on a referral basis the QMHA ophthalmology service will provide:

  • Cataract surgery
  • Corneal reconstruction surgery
  • Corrective and reconstructive eyelid surgery
  • Ongoing glaucoma treatment and management
  • Lens luxation surgery
  • Intraocular and extra-ocular referral work on dogs, cats and rabbits

 
Patients will need to be referred to the specialist following initial consultation with their local veterinary practice. Clinics are run daily from Monday to Thursday with dedicated surgery days.
 
Heading up the service is Rick Sanchez, who holds a diploma from the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DipECVO) and is currently the only ophthalmology diploma holder working in a UK university.

Rick SanchezIn his new role, Mr Sanchez will be share his expertise with both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the college in a teaching role, alongside his clinical and research responsibilities.
 
He said: “Returning to academia has been the realisation of a long held professional dream and to do so by becoming part of the Royal Veterinary College has been a privilege and an honour. The superb team of specialists and dedicated nurses already established at the RVC creates a perfect environment to exercise clinical excellence and offer our animal patients the very best care we strive to provide as specialists.
 
“In addition, I see the creation of the new ophthalmology service as the final piece of the puzzle within the wide array of clinical expertise offered at QMHA. In my opinion it is this wide array of expertise that makes the QMHA at the RVC a leading centre for clinical, teaching and research excellence in veterinary medicine in the UK.”

 

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