Many clients are not aware of the type and function of equipment that is found in modern veterinary practices, usually because they see no further than the waiting room and consultation room. So let/s have a bit of a look around

Surgery Room 

is equipped with gas anaesthetic machine, Valleylab electrosurgery unit and comprehensive patient monitoring equipment.

Biochemistry Analyser 

Tests the serum for a range of values (usually 12 or 13 values in a full panel or 6 in a "mini-screen") which can be invaluable in diagnosis.  Blood is collected into a a plain tube (or "serum tube") and the clear serum is then separated from the blood cells in a high speed centrifuge. This serum is introduced  into the analyzer and applied to a panel of slides which will give values for such biochemistry as albumin, amylase, ALT, Alkaline Phosphatase, Bilrubin, Calcium, Creatinine, Cholesterol, Glucose, Lipase, Urea, Phosphorus, and Total Protein.   Values markedly outside the normal range may point to some very specific diagnoses. For example if a vomiting dog patient has markedly elevated values for urea, creatinine and phosphorus then there is likely to be a serious problem with kidney function. If on the other hand the main changes are marked increase in amylase and lipase then a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis becomes the main possibility. If the changes involve markedly increased ALT, AlkPhos and bilirubin then liver disease is likely. Similarly a markedly increased blood glucose may indicate diabetes. If there are no dramatic changes then perhaps the idea of a bit  we would need to proceed to some sort of abdominal imaging (xrays or ultrasound) to look gastrointestinal obstruction.

Haematology analyser 

Tests whole (unclotted) blood and provides values for such factors as packed cell volume (PCV), haemaglobin and total white cell count as well as giving an indication  of the distribution of different types of white blood cells such as neutrophils, band (immature) neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes and platelets. The combination of these results can provide a large amount of very valuable information. A comprehensive evaluation of the analytical interpretations fills many a text book  but for instance a  high  PCV may indicate dehydration, a low one may reveal anaemia, perhaps internal bleeding. A high white cell count may indicate the body's response to an acute infection, particularly if there are a lot of band (or immature) neutrophils.

Electrolyte analyser

A sample of serum is analysed to check  the concentrations of sodium, potassium and chlorine in the blood stream. This can be crucial in determining just what type of intravenous fluids we may need to administer and, in  some cases, the elecrolyte ratios  can even be highly diagnostic of particular disease (such as hypoadrenocorticism) and allow immediate administration of drugs that can very quickly reverse a spiralling crisis. Pre Anaesthetic screening - Another of the very important roles for in-house blood testing is to allow pre-anaesthetic screening of animal which have come in for surgical procedures under general anaesthetic. Detection of something like congenital kidney disease may for instance be picked up in an otherwise healthy looking 6 month old kitten that has come in for a routine hysterectomy.

Pulse oximetery

A very valuable tool in the monitoring of anaesthetised patients is the pulse oximeter. This instrument has a sensor which is attached to the patient (usually the tongue) and provides a continuous LCD readout of heartrate (with audible beep) and blood oxygen concentration. There is an automatic alarm if either value goes outside an acceptable range and there is also a printer option which gives written readings every few monutes throught the procedure. Our surgery-room pulse oximetry unit also incorporates a blood pressure monitor by means of an inflatable cuff attached to the patient's limb.

Respiratory monitor

The respiratory monitors on each of our anaesthetic machines function by incorporating a sensor within the airway tubing between the patient and the anaesthetic machine. Each time the patient takes a breath the sensor activates a reading which gives an audible beep and resets a timer that measures the interval between breaths. If the interval between breaths is excessive an alarm is activated .


Dentistry has become a major component of small animal practice in recent years and is very much to the forefront  at Cherrybrook Veterinary Hospital. 

Digital Radiology

Xrays are invaluable for providing a "picture" of many internal body structures and so provide a very important aid to diagnosis is some cases. Such things as bone fractures, gastrointestinal tract foreign bodies and lung and heart changes are often clearly detectable on xrays. We have a large xray machine in our hospital and utilise digital processing which greatly improves the efficiency of processing as well as the quality and consistency of radiographic images. It also  allows manipulation (contrast, brightness, zoom-in etc) and convenient transmission of radiographic images.

Dental Radiology

We added digital dental radiology to our resources in 2015 and this has been very useful in detecting deeper dental pathology


Our basic  ultrasound machine is usually used to detect changes in soft tissues (ie not bone) that may not show up on xrays. It is particulary useful for detecting changes in such organs as the liver, spleen, bladder and kidneys. For more complicated or subtle ultrasound changes we prefer to bring ina specialist in veterinary ultrasound (with very expensive and high-end equipment) to carry out and interpret ultrasound procedures.

Electrosurgical unit


Added to our surgery  suite  in 2015, this Valleylab unit facilitates very precise options for surgical incision and cautery.

Cage Rooms

The hospital cages we have are stainless steel and provide hygienic, self draining  accommodation in a range of sizes able to comfortably accommodate even a very large dog.