Hospitals and Practices

The Institute of Veterinary Science has over 100 veterinary surgeons working in the referral hospitals and veterinary practices. They have access to state-of-the-art facilities and can tap into a wealth of expertise within the Institute and wider University, to provide the very best diagnosis, treatment and care. Veterinary colleagues across the UK refer a variety of species to the hospitals, including rare and emergency cases. The Institute has first-opinion practices for horses, livestock, and small animals.

Our referral hospitals

The Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital

The University of Liverpool’s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital at Leahurst Campus on the Wirral is one of the busiest equine referral centres in the UK. The clinic sees over 2,000 equine cases per year ranging from routine, elective referrals for the investigation of lameness and metabolic disease to emergency referrals for colic surgery. The hospital has two equine operating theatres, examination stocks, a pharmacy, a lab, a diagnostic imaging unit, an intensive care unit, seminar rooms, 37 stables, hard and soft lunge areas, a trot-up area, four in-hand grazing paddocks, and eight turnout paddocks.

Veterinary students at the University of Liverpool complete clinical rotations at the equine hospital during the fourth and fifth years of their course. The aim of these rotations is to develop students’ clinical knowledge and practical skills, including management of equine cases, as well as their communication skills.

The Small Animal Teaching Hospital

The Institute of Veterinary Science's Small Animal Teaching Hospital is one of the largest, most modern and well-equipped hospitals for small animals in the United Kingdom. With over 50 veterinary surgeons providing specialist diagnosis and treatment to cats and dogs referred from a variety of first-opinion practices, the hospital covers 2500m2, and has space for 72 inpatients at any one time. Facilities include modern wards, specialised treatment areas, and a theatre suite. The hospital has state-of-the-art imaging facilities (including CT and MRI scanners), as well as a radiation therapy facility which was the first in the North West for animals.

The hospital sees over 14,000 referral patients a year, and is divided into three sections:

  1. Reception, pharmacy, seven consult rooms, student and staff accommodation, seminar rooms, hot desks, dermatology, cardiology, and anaesthesia suites, an intensive care unit, a laboratory, and a gait analysis suite;
  2. Linear accelerator, X-ray, DEXA scanner, ultrasound, MRI, CT scanner, three operating theatres, isolation ward, dog and cat wards, dog wash, and chemotherapy suite;
  3. Sterilising rooms, outside runs and dog kennels.

Our practices

The Leahurst Equine Practice

Our equine practice provides high quality first-opinion care for horses across the Wirral and north Chester. Our team of vets are dedicated and experienced and we aim to provide a professional and friendly service that caters for all of your horse’s health needs.

The University of Liverpool Small Animal Practice

A friendly, local surgery in Liverpool, providing veterinary services for the pets of the local community, as well as those belonging to University staff.

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The Farm Animal Practice

A first-opinion and referral practice providing detailed investigation, and intensive care treatment, for animals throughout northwest England and North Wales. The practice has full hospitalisation and surgical facilities. The Farm Animal Yard has six stables for large animals, along with sheep and pig pens, an examination and treatment room, a bovine operating theatre, a bull pen and storage barn, a wet room for post-mortem examinations, and a hoof trimming area.

Diagnostic Services

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Specialist veterinary laboratory services offering pathology diagnostics, equine and small animal parasite diagnostics; sarcoids advice, diagnostics and treatment; Borrelia burgdorferi and Bartonella henselae serology assays. Further details of the services can be found at the pages listed below:

Please note our Diagnosteq service is no longer operational.