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Simple Veterinary Referrals and Self-Referrals
in Cheshire

Knutsford Veterinary Surgery offers dedicated ophthalmology and dermatology referrals to pets in need of further care. Contact our friendly team to find out more about veterinary referrals or refer a pet via our online form.

Knutsford Veterinary Surgery accepts second opinions and referrals of pets in need of advanced care in dermatology and ophthalmology.



Clinical Director, Dr. Paul Adams MRCVS has held an ESVPS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology for 10 years. An extensive range of diagnostic and surgical treatments are available.



Dr. Rachael Caines is an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in Dermatology. She possesses in-depth knowledge of pet skin conditions and treatments.

How Veterinary Referrals Work

If your pet needs further or more professional care that your current veterinarian cannot provide, they may choose to refer your case to another veterinarian with additional qualifications, or to a surgery with advanced equipment.

In such cases, your current vet will contact Knutsford Vets to recommend that your pet be seen by one of our dermatology or ophthalmology vets.

With Knutsford Vets, your pet will receive the same level of dedicated, advanced care as our regular clients. We have a range of experienced veterinarians and equipment at our disposal to diagnose and treat your pet with the utmost care.

How to refer your pet for a second opinion

If you’d like to refer your pet to Knutsford Vets Surgery, please speak to your vet, who can refer your pet to us, or fill in the form below, ensuring to provide your current vet’s contact information.

Please provide us with your vet’s information and we will contact them to request your pet’s history. We will then ring you to book a referral appointment. We ask for this as we require your pet’s medical history to proceed.

Refer a Patient

To refer a patient to Knutsford Vets, please complete our quick and easy referral form, and we will take care of the rest.

Log into our bookings portal and fill in the information about your patient, including their medical history and owner’s details. We’ll take care of the rest, ensuring to contact your patient’s owner to inform them of the process.

Please note that we only accept referrals through veterinary practices; self-referrals are not accepted.


Where are we?

Located in Knutsford, Cheshire, our surgery is easily accessible from the M6, M56, and M60 offering a convenient location for Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Knutsford Vet Surgery, Fryer’s Nursery, Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 0SX

Why Choose Knutsford Vets

By choosing Knutsford Vets Surgery, your pet will be in the safe hands of experienced Ophthalmologist, Dr. Paul Adams, and dermatologist, Dr. Rachael Caines. With years of experience behind them, they’ll help to get to the bottom of your pet’s eye or skin conditions and recommend a suitable course of treatment.

At Knutsford Vets, we have a range of advanced equipment and a dedicated team on hand to help your pet get back to their best.

Referrals FAQs

How do I refer a case to Knutsford Vets?

If you’re a vet wishing to refer a case to Knutsford Vets, please complete this form, ensuring to include the patient’s medical history, and owner’s information. We’ll handle the rest and contact the owner.

If you’re an owner wishing to self-refer your pet, please first speak to your vet, who can handle the process on your behalf. Alternatively, please complete this form, ensuring to include your vet’s contact details. We need to consult with your vet before any appointments can be made.

Why has my pet been referred?

Similar to how your GP might refer you to a specialist, or to a dedicated clinic, your vet may choose to refer your pet to a veterinarian with additional qualifications, or to a clinic with specific equipment to ensure that they get the best possible treatment.

What conditions does Knutsford Vets treat as a referral?

At present, Knutsford Vets Surgery accepts dermatology and ophthalmology referrals, overseen by qualified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Paul Adams, and Advanced Veterinary Practitioner, Dr. Rachael Caines.

How long will my consultation last?

Your first appointment at Knutsford Vets Surgery will last up to 1 hour, during which we will thoroughly examine your pet and determine any next steps. Subsequent appointments may last around 30 minutes, unless a specific treatment is being performed.

My pet has been referred to Knutsford Vets. What happens next?

If your vet has referred your pet to Knutsford Vets Surgery, we will contact you to inform you of the process, give an estimate and to book your first appointment. Your first consultation will last approximately 1 hour, and your pet will be thoroughly examined before any next steps or treatment plans are determined.

Is treatment with Knutsford Vets Surgery covered by my insurance?

Where your pet is insured, Knutsford Veterinary Surgery will assist you in claiming the monies you have paid us through your insurer.

Prior to any appointments or treatments, please consult your insurance provider to determine the terms and conditions of your policy.

How do I request a second opinion at Knutsford Vets?

If you would like to request a second opinion or to be referred to Knutsford Vets, please speak to your vet, who can begin the process on your behalf, or complete this form, ensuring to provide your vet’s contact information.

Once we have received the referral from your vet, as well as your pet’s medical history, we will contact you to book your first appointment.

Please note that we only accept referrals from your vet; self-referrals are not accepted.

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