What happens on the day of surgery?

On the day of surgery pets are admitted between 8am and 9am.  Please allow 10 minutes for admission as you will have a consent form to read and sign. All of our patients have an individual bed and cage assigned to them during their stay.  They are weighed on entry into the clinic. 

All cats and dogs are routinely given a pre-anaesthetic veterinary check over and pre-anaesthetic light sedation.  If your pet is over 8 years of age, they will have a mini blood test performed (kidneys, liver, red blood cell count and white blood cell count) and their blood pressure checked. 

Every day we have an assigned surgery team that works through the surgical list like in human hospitals. The list is prioritised each day based on the following:

1) Emergency procedures

2) Sterile procedures – all performed in the purpose built sterile theatre. (ie; spey)

3) Non-sterile procedures – performed in the central preparation room. (ie; abscessed)

4) Dental procedures – performed in the dedicated dental room. (ie; dental extraction)

All of our nurses are fully trained or completing a nursing qualification.


Having a dedicated sterile surgical suite and performing our procedures in the order above allows us to provide a clean environment, thereby minimising the risk of infection.

All animals are assigned and monitored by a fully trained veterinary nurse throughout their anaesthetic. Baseline monitoring during an anaesthetic includes respiratory rate, anaesthetic depth, heart rate, temperature, intravenous fluid rate and pulse oximetry. Older pets or higher risk general anaesthetics will also receive blood pressure monitoring and ECG monitoring if required. A dedicated nurse monitors your pet’s recovery and pain relief is given when required under Veterinary instruction.

When your pet has recovered, we’ll give you a call and they are free to head home and relax with family.