Clinical Veterinary Services

Dr. Crossley provides a clinical referral services in oral and maxillofacial medicine and surgery, including dentistry, the fields covered by his official specialisation. He is also happy to extend his service to include ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery and complex soft tissue surgery in some other areas of the body. These services are only available for pets referred to him by the animal's attending vet. Treatments are normally performed at clinical referral practices, however, low risk procedures can sometimes be arranged at the animal's normal first opinion veterinary practice.

Other clinical services provided include a radiograph and CT reading service for veterinary colleagues requiring assistance with cases. Dr. Crossley is based in the UK, but modern digital medical imaging and internet services make telediagnosis practical, so medical images are accepted from all over the world..

Dr. Crossley and his associates accept clinical cases in the following categories:

  • Oral medicine
  • Veterinary dentistry
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • CT diagnosis and image reconstruction
  • Ear, nose and throat diagnosis and treatment
  • Endoscopic investigation and treatment.
  • Advanced general soft tissue surgery
  • Oncological (tumour) treatment
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Medical imaging

Specialists in other fields work at the clinical referral practices at which Dr. Crossley provides treatment, allowing multidisciplinary input to optimise treatment of difficult cases..

Note that Dr. Crossley's business, Dacross Services, provides a range of nonclinical services.

Clinical Referrals

The clinical service only handles cases referred by other veterinary surgeons. Consultations cannot be arranged and animals will not be seen until the case has been referred and appropriate medical details supplied by the animal's attending veterinary surgeon. If you have an animal you suspect of having a problem that Dr. Crossley and his colleagues might be able to help with, please take it to your normal veterinary surgeon in the first instance. If you or your vet then consider that referral is required your vet just needs to contact us or one of the referral practices at which we see cases.

Dental and Oro-facial Surgery Referrals

Please note that referrals must be arranged by your normal veterinary surgeon. Find out more here!

Clinics are held at the following practices:


  1. Dogwood Vets: Specialist Veterinary Services** (www.dogwoodvets.co.uk) Location on Google maps
      Dogwood Vets
    • Dogwood Vets
      9 Lawson Grove
      Sale
      Manchester
      M33 6JN
      Telephone : (UK) 0161 962 8851
      Facsimilie : (UK) 0161 962 5541


  2. Animal Medical Centre Referral Services ##(www.amcreferrals.com)
      AMCRS Manchester
    • 511 Wilbraham Road
      Chorlton
      Manchester
      M21 0UB
      Telephone : (UK) 0161 881 3329
      Facsimilie : (UK) 0161 861 8553
       

  3. Animal Medical Centre Referral Services ## (www.amcreferrals.com)
      AMCRS Yorkshire
    • Thurnscoe Business Park
      Barrowfield Road
      Rotherham
      S63 0BH
      Telephone : (UK) 01709 897354
      Facsimilie : (UK) 01709 899150
       

  4. Camlas Pet Vets ‡ ‡ (www.camlaspetcarevets.co.uk)
      Camlas Petcare Vets, Wales
    • Waterloo Place
      Salop Road
      Welshpool
      Powys
      SY21 7HE
      Telephone : (UK) 01938 559088
      Facsimilie : (UK) 01938 555460
       

** Full surgical and dental facilities plus , in-house CT imaging will be available at Dogwood Vets from March 2015.

## Dr. Crossley has dental facilities at both Animal Medical Centre Referral Services premises

‡ ‡ Dr. Crossley visits Camlas Pet Vets one day alternate months to treat non-urgent dental cases.

Radiology and CT Scan Interpretation Service

Dr. Crossley offers an oro-facial radiograph interpretation service. Veterinary surgeon: Please contact Dr. Crossley or an AMCRS receptionist to check where and how to send radiographs. Digital or digitised radiograph images can be sent by e-mail. Due to their size, CT scan sequences are best sent on CD or DVD-rom. As Dr. Crossley is heavily involved in teaching he makes frequent trips abroad so to ensure a prompt response, please always check before sending material for interpretation.

Advice for owners

Obtaining a referral

The place to start if you suspect your animal has any medical problem is your normal veterinary surgeon. Do not be afraid of explaining your concerns, but be prepared for the need to investigate any problem that is found. In some cases problems are simple to identify and treat, however, blood tests, x-rays, examination under a general anaesthetic, biopsy etc. will often be necessary. If the problem is straightforward, your own vet is likely to be able to complete all necessary investigations and treatments. However, for more complex and uncommon problems, referral to a specialist is likely to be the best approach. Do not be afraid of asking your vet to refer you to a specialist, your vet should already be considering this if a condition is complex of if it is not responding quickly to treatment.

Who are you being referred to?

When you are referred, your vet should explain the level of expertise of the person you are being referred to and where they work. Dr. Crossley is both an European and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon recognised Veterinary Specialist. His specialist field is dentistry and oral/maxillofacial surgery, however, his expertise extends to ENT and various areas of general soft tissue surgery.

There are both recognised veterinary specialists and vets with "special interests" who accept referrals. Recognised specialists have undertaken a formal training and examination in order to obtain the status as "Specialists". Specialists are also required to undertake regular re-evaluation to ensure they maintain their level of expertise There is no such reassurance that those vets who just have a special interests meet the same standards.

What happens when you are referred?

When animals are referred, your vet will send all the relevant information (your details and the animal's details, its medical history and any lab results, x-rays etc.) to the referral centre. You may then need to contact the referral centre to make an appointment, or they may contact you. Check with your vet what should happen.

At the appointment you will normally have a consultation with the referral clinician (Dr. Crossley if you are referred to him) to discuss the problem and work out the best approach for you and your pet. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Many investigation and treatment are expensive, but there are usually several options available. You need to choose one that is withing your budget and expectations.

It is not always possible to perform investigations and treatments immediately, however, Dr. Crossley and his colleagues will start the same day if this is possible and you are happy to proceed. If you need time to think things through, or discuss the options with family, decisions can often be deferred a short time with minimal risk. When investigation is required it may be necessary to await laboratory or other results before proceeding with treatment.

When your pet has been seen by the referral clinician, a report will be sent to your vet so that they know what is happening.

Oral home care

Routine oral hygiene measures are essential to control periodontal disease and prevent this insidious infectious condition causing chronic damage to vital internal organs as well as the tooth support structures. In most dental and oro-facial surgery cases, additional oral hygiene measures will be required during the healing period, over and above the routine daily tooth brushing that pet cats and dogs (and people) should be receiving.

Information on some common dental and other oral problems (identification, prevention and treatment) is available from the dental information pages.

 

This page was last updated on 8 February, 2015