London Vet Specialists introduces joined-up approach at launch party

Janet_Kovak_McClaran_sm New central London referral centre, London Vet Specialists (LVS) in Belsize Park, welcomed guests to its official launch party on 10th December, and formally opened its doors to clients. The centre, the first of its kind to offer dedicated specialist-level care to London’s veterinary practices, welcomed vets, practice owners and press along to the opening evening at XO Restaurant.

The five-strong LVS consultant team includes three specialists in surgery, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care and two referral-experienced, residency-trained clinicians in anaesthesia, analgesia and internal medicine. They are supported by a team of qualified radiologists, veterinary interns and experienced nurses.

Set in Belsize Village, adjacent to the RCVS-accredited Vet24 Veterinary Hospital, the centre aims to deliver seamless care to both patients and referring practices, through a close-knit working approach. Director, Brendan Robinson, said: “We are a group of specialists working together, with a multi-disciplinary approach to cases. You’re not having to run around the building trying to find a radiologist; there may be five vets – residency-trained, specialist-level vets – treating each case they see.

“This is not a stand-alone hospital, it is set up to work in partnership with other vet practices. It’s a practice whose aim is to be an extension of your vet practice, where your clients will feel it is part of the extended care you’re able to provide to them.”

Heading up the team of veterinary specialists is Dr Janet Kovak McClaran, who has extensive experience working at the Animal Medical Centre in New York, and who specialises in soft tissue surgery.

Dr McClaran said: “My interests are oncologic and minimally-invasive surgery, which is relatively untapped in this country. In some procedures it is the standard of care in humans and that’s what we’re trying to bring. And after practising for 20 years, I can say the difference in animals and their recovery after a minimally-invasive procedure versus a traditional procedure is quite remarkable. And that’s something we can do for elective procedures too.

“The equipment we have here is state-of-the-art and equivalent to what you might find down the road at the Royal Free Hospital. We’re easy to get hold of; we want to be a resource for you so if you have questions, perhaps are not sure how to manage a case, or (to know) whether a case is appropriate for referral, it’s not hard to get in touch with us.”

Guests were also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the near-by LVS premises in small groups, which included viewings of the minimally-invasive operating suite with state-of-the-art Karl Storz operating tower, and diagnostic imaging suite complete with CT scanner.
Further viewings of the facilities are welcomed and those interested in taking a tour of London Vet Specialists or referring a patient can get in touch with Client Relations Manager Claire Newton on 0207 4330155 or by email Claire.newton@londonvetspecialists.vet.
Visit www.londonvetspecialists.vet for more information.