Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery in dogs and cats involves the investigation and treatment of conditions affecting the skin, head, neck, chest and abdomen. Our team is led by the experienced RCVS and European specialist Mickey Tivers.

Our soft tissue veterinary surgeons provide a comprehensive referral service for all surgical conditions. We commonly see dogs and cats suffering from the following problems:

·       Breathing problems (usually in short-nosed / brachycephalic dogs)

·       Ear problems

·       Tumours of the skin and elsewhere

·       Abscesses and foreign bodies (e.g. sticks or grass seeds)

·       Stomach and intestinal problems (e.g. foreign bodies, tumours, biopsies)

·       Difficulty passing urine or incontinence

·       Wounds

·       Critically-ill animals

Your initial consultation will usually last from 20 to 60 minutes, where we will take a thorough history and examine your pet. We will always discuss potential costs, outcomes and possible risks.

Your pet may need to stay with us for investigation and treatment after the consultation. We have extensive hospitalisation facilities to care for your pet if they do need to stay with us.

Unrivalled expertise

All soft tissue pet referrals benefit from a team of hugely-experienced and approachable clinicians.

We offer unrivalled expertise for management of congenital portosystemic shunts and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) surgery.

Cutting-edge treatments are also offered, including laser treatment of ectopic ureters, SUB devices for ureteric blockage, intrahepatic shunt surgery and laser treatment of BOAS.

Some of the other benefits to your pet include:

·       Multi-disciplinary hospital with access to variety of other specialists, including specialist anaesthetists on-site for challenging cases

·       Intensive care unit with dedicated nurses and back up from emergency and critical care (ECC) specialists

·       24-hour inpatient care from experienced and dedicated vets, nurses and ward staff

·       Gold-standard facilities and equipment including CT scanner, MRI, two dedicated theatres, surgical staplers, keyhole surgery and laser

Animals are typically hospitalised for at least 24 to 48 hours after surgery for pain relief, observation and nursing care. We will call you daily with updates on your pet’s progress throughout their stay.


Soft Tissue Surgery Team

Mickey Tivers

Soft Tissue Surgeon and Head of Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
EBVS® Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Mickey is an RCVS and European specialist in soft tissue surgery and joined us in late 2018 from the University of Bristol, where he was a senior lecturer in small animal surgery. Mickey’s main area of clinical and research interest is congenital portosystemic shunts and he has published widely on the subject. In addition, he has particular interests in BOAS and abdominal surgery. Mickey is passionate about providing an excellent and caring service to owners and their pets, as are the rest of the team, which is completed by soft tissue surgeon David Barker and ECVS resident Dan Kenny.


David Barker

Soft Tissue Surgeon

David is originally from County Durham, but moved to South Africa in 2003 to study. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in veterinary biology and again in 2009 with a degree in veterinary science. David joined us in July 2018 and is interested in all aspects of surgery, but is particularly interested in trauma management and surgical oncology. Outside work, David enjoys playing his piano and travelling, and is regularly found in a remote corner of the world. David will be sitting his ECVS board specialist exam, which will licence him to be registered as an ECVS and RCVS specialist in surgery. The exam is in the first week of July and spans over three days


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