Referral Information

Thank you for choosing Veterinary Specialists of Sydney (VSOS).  Our goal is to help you provide high-quality, affordable and convenient specialist care within your veterinary practice.  Below you will find links with information for how our mobile surgical services work.



Referral FAQ

How do I contact VSOS?

  • The nurse, receptionist or veterinarian may call or email to book the surgery.  We are available to discuss cases at no cost to you or the client.  Please see our referral guide via the link above for more information.

What diagnostics would you recommend?

  • Pre-anesthetic blood work is strongly advised within 2-4 weeks of surgery depending on the clinical problem.
  • Pre-surgical (and post-surgical X-rays) as indicated.  See our information sheet on pre-surgical X-rays (click here) we are happy to provide assistance and/or training on how to position for these radiographs.

How does VSOS handle billing?

  • VSOS will charge your hospital for the surgery (similar a pathology service.)  We will provide you with our cost estimate at the time of booking.  Our estimate will be inclusive of all our fees including implants, and a consultation fee if the owners elected for one in-person prior to surgery.  You will provide a full estimate to the owner.  This should include your charges for hospitalization, anesthesia, radiology, medication, etc. and a line-item for the VSOS surgical charges.  You will collect all the fees from the owner.
  • We will provide your hospital with a price list covering all the procedures we provide.  Some estimates will have a range, as they will be case dependent.  
  • The first time your hospital uses VSOS, your practice manager will fill out a standard form that outlines VSOS payment terms. (see payment form above)

Are there any special considerations for total hip replacements (THR)?

  • Yes.  Any potential total hip replacements will need an in-person consultation with the pet and owner pre-operatively.  Also note that we will only be able to provide this surgery at select locations due to the strict sterilization procedures and space that is required to perform this procedure.

What happens post-operatively?

  • The pet will remain under the care of your hospital post-operatively.  We are happy to guide you and support you throughout the recovery process as needed, and to be contacted at anytime with questions or follow-up about a case.
  • In the event of a complication we will work with you and the pet-owner to ensure a successful resolution. Costs will depend on the nature and type of complication.

What is an ACVS board certified surgeon?

  • An ACVS veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.