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Chestergates is launching a new ophthalmology service at its referral hospital

Chestergates is launching a new ophthalmology service at its referral hospital

Chestergates Launches New Ophthalmology Service For Cats And Dogs In The North West

3 months ago

24th November, 2023 11h15


Chestergates is launching a new ophthalmology service at its referral hospital to provide specialist eye treatments to cats and dogs in the North West of England. 

Many feline and canine eye conditions can often go unnoticed. So regular eye checks - especially in predisposed breeds[i] or elderly patients – are important. The most common conditions are brachycephalic ocular syndrome, entropion, ectropion, pigmentary keratitis and qualitative tear deficits. Most of these ophthalmological conditions can be successfully treated if discovered in time.

Cats and dogs coming to the Chestergates clinic will receive the highest level of care. The new Chestergates ophthalmology service will offer a wide range of treatments for eye conditions, including: cryotherapy, corrective lid surgery, rhytidectomy, nasal fold ablation, cherry eye and scrolled cartilage, keratotomy, keratectomy, pedicle conjunctival graft, corneo-conjunctival transposition, bioimplants for corneal reconstruction, glaucoma diagnosis and monitoring, management of dry eye (KCS) and neurological dry eye, retro-bulbar disease investigation and treatment, cataract assessment, and intracapsular lens extraction. 

To accommodate diagnosis and treatment of cases a new ophthalmology department has been set up. This includes a dedicated cat waiting area, fully equipped consultation room - adapted to the needs for the ophthalmological examination, and fully equipped theatre - adjusted to the needs of the ocular and microsurgical needs. The department also has a high frequency ocular ultrasound, magnetic resonance (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scan equipment to assist with the diagnosis of each animal. 

The new ophthalmology service will be led by Chestergates Advanced Practitioner in Ophthalmology, Endika Garcia MRCVS DVM PGCertSAOphthal. He graduated in 2016 from the University of Valencia, completed a rotating internship, then worked for a few years in different hospitals in Spain, before moving to the UK, enrolling on the BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Ophthalmology and being awarded Advanced Practitioner status. Prior to moving to Chestergates, he has launched another ophthalmology referral service. Endika will be supported by a 25 strong specialist nursing team, four nurse students, one lab technician, two sterile technicians and a team of receptionists and support colleagues who can assist with client queries[ii]

Endika Garcia, Advanced Practitioner in Ophthalmology at Chestergates, said: “Many cats and dogs will experience issues with their eyes. These cases need to be thoroughly investigated to ensure that diagnoses are properly determined and treatment quickly provided. We are very pleased to be able to open our new ophthalmology service for cat and dog owners in the North West today to provide this essential service.”

Consultations and surgical procedures will be offered at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists to any dog or cat with an eye problem on a Monday and Thursday between 8am and 5pm.

To refer a case in ophthalmology or to see what else Chestergates has to offer, visit

Chestergates Veterinary Referrals is a leading specialist led, multi-disciplinary veterinary referral hospital situated just north of Chester in the North West of England. It offers 24 hour 365 days supervised hospitalisation area, separated by species. The Chestergates team offer a broad range of specialist veterinary referral services including anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, dermatology, cruciate repair, diagnostic imaging, endoscopy, internal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, radioiodine therapy, rehabilitation & physiotherapy, soft tissue & general surgery, and total hip replacement.

CVS Group operates across small animal, farm animal, equine, laboratories and crematoria, with over 500 veterinary practices, referral centres and sites in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and the Netherlands. In the last five years the company has invested nearly £80 million in its sites, facilities and equipment, in addition to industry leading training and support, to give the best possible care to animals.


[i] Flat faced Brachycephalic pets 

[ii] Including insurance issues

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