Referral Services

West Coast Veterinary Hospital has an extensive veterinary and nursing team which allows us to treat a variety of both routine and emergency clinical conditions. We work closely with referral primary vets on a daily basis for both small animals and large. 

Equine routine referrals:

Bone marrow and stem cell therapy:

A range of regewnwerative medicines are available at west coast vet hospital. These include, but are not limited to Bone marrow therapy, Stem cell therapy and PRP. 

Most horses can be dropped off the day of treatment and are ready to go home that afternoon. The majority of these procedures can be performed safely under sedation and local anesthesia

Equine surgery:
West Coast Vets provides specialist surgery referrals for cases such as;

Orthopaedics (fractures) 
Castrations / Rigs
Laryngeal / Sinus



Gastrointestinal (colic

Nuclear Scintigraphy:

Nuclear Scintigraphy is the most effective method for visualising inflammation in the bone of the equine upper limb, pelvis and spine. It is a vital tool for the correct diagnosis of complex, multi-site, upper limb, or spinal lamenesses. Installed and commissioned in early 2017, our facility is the only operational equine bone scanner in Western Australia. It features the most advanced camera and scanning system currently available in the world. The scanning process is extremely safe and does not involve a general anaesthetic. Horses undergoing bone scanning will be admitted to hospital for approximately 2.5 days, usually arriving the afternoon before the scan is scheduled to occur. At the conclusion of the scan, horses will remain admitted to hospital for 48 hours to allow the nu clear-tagged inflammatory marker to decay to less-than-background radiation levels.

Intensive management and limb deformities in foals:
We have extensive experience with the treatment and management of Angular and Flexural limb deformities in foals. We provide routine transphyseal briding techniques, periosteal stripping and corrective farriery. Surgeries to treat a range of flexural limb deformities are also available.

We provide 24/7 in-hospital care for any animal that require additional medical management 

We are also available to treat these issues in calves.

We are proud to offer referrals for equine MRI scans of distal limbs, from the foot to the knee or hock. The MRI modality shows the structures of the limb with excellent detail, giving unparalleled information regarding anatomical pathology. MRI technology is the "gold standard" in medical imaging. The most common MRI diagnoses are; foot injuries, suspensory ligament injuries, navicular bone degeneration, DDFT tendonitis, collateral ligament desmitis, traumatic arthritis, phalangeal bone bruises and navicular collateral desmitis. 

The MRI scans are performed under a short general anesthitic with the affected limb be placed into the MRI unit. Once the images have been obtained your horse will recover in a padded recover box. 

Our O-scan Equine MRI unit delivers exceptional performance and image quality. It is capable of generating standard high resolution sequences, as well as advanced 3D sequences, SHARC sequences for articular cartilage evaluation, and XBONE sequences to evaluate bone marrow oedema and soft tissue structures.

Equine emergency referrals:

Colic surgery:

West Coast Veterinary Hospital offer a 24/7 emergency surgery facility for colic surgery cases. A specialist surgeon and experienced nursing team create a first class clinical team. 
Prompt referral and surgical intervention can significantly reduce the risk of complications and improve the chances of success of colic surgery.
Our hospital is equiped with equine stalls with rubber flooring and IV fluids. Staff are on site 24/7 for overnight checks as well as in built night-vision cameras. 

Lacerations and Wounds:

Arthroscopy and emergency surgery is available to all laceration, wounds and joint penetrations. The hospital is staffed 24/7 and is able to cater for these emergencies.

Tenoscopy is also available for tendon sheath lacerations. 

The MRI machine can be used as-required to be used in all of the above cases.

Colitis and Isolation Cases

Isolation cases such as colitis and pneumonia's can be catered for with our purpose built isolation stall equiped with fluid and reverse cycle air conditioning making sure we can keep each individual patient as stable as possible. Individual scrub down sinks and drainage ensures the safety and protection of our other in hospital patients.  

For all emergency cases please call 9393 3373 and you will be directed to our after-hour veterinarian
Small animal routine referrals:


Abdominal Surgery

Emergency 24hrs

West Coast

Veterinary Hospital

08 9393 3373