What is a veterinary specialist?

Qualified veterinarians may elect to pursue careers within particular specialist fields, similar to those in human medicine.  A veterinary specialist has undertaken lengthy post-graduate study and gained in-depth practical exeperience in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions for a given discipline. To be eligible to register as a veterinary specialist, rigorous and stringent criteria must be met in terms of clinical expertise, training programs,  the publication of original material, and success in examinations leading to specialist qualifications. One of the disciplines that veterinarians can specialise in is surgery. Orthopaedics is a branch of surgery requiring expertise in the treatment of diseases or injuries of bone, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the spine. Warrick is a registered veterinary specialist in small animal orthopaedic surgery including spinal surgery.

Why visit VetSOS?

Your pet will require the services of an orthopaedic surgeon if it has an orthopaedic problem which, due to its complex, protracted or difficult nature, requires specialist equipment or expertise for
diagnosis or management. Your veterinarian will have assessed your pet’s condition and probably suggested that referral to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon is indicated.  Referral of a difficult orthopaedic case demonstrates your veterinarian’s concern for your pet’s welfare and their ability to identify conditions which will benefit from specialised diagnoses and treatments. VetSOS offers a caring, personalised service in a relaxed and friendly environment.  We have modern, well-equiped, imaging and surgical facilities staffed by a highly-trained and experienced team.

What do you need to bring?

Please bring your referral veterinarians name and details, a copy of your pet’s medical records, associated radiographs, and any medications your pet is presently receiving.

What can you expect?

Initially all relevant records, including radiographs taken by your referring veterinarian, will be reviewed. This is followed by a careful examination of your pet.  Consultation times can vary but  generally they are approximately 40 minutes in duration. Should further diagnostic tests be advisable, they will be discussed at this point.  Once a diagnosis is made, the pros and cons of available treatment options will be discussed prior to a collective decision being made on the best course of action for your pet’s problem. Following treatment, a report will be made promptly to your referring veterinarian to keep them fully informed on how your pet’s condition has been managed.

Where to from here?

Our aim is to return you and your pet back to the care of your referring veterinarian as soon as it is safe to do so, usually within a day or two of surgery. However, some patients, due to the nature of their problem might require more prolonged hospitalisation.  Your veterinarian will be involved in the aftercare of your pet.  We recognise this is often more convenient for yourselves and your  veterinarian is more familiar to your pet.


About Warrick

warrickDr Warrick Bruce
BVSc(dist), MVM, DSAS(Orthopaedics), MANZCVS
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery - Orthopaedics
Associate Senior Lecturer Small Animal Surgery - Massey University

Warrick graduated in veterinary science, with distinction, from Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ in 1985. After five years in mixed practice in Rotorua and a couple of years of travel interspersed with locum work, he commenced his specialist training at the University of Glasgow, UK. During his residency, he gained a Masters degree and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics. Warrick then worked as a referral surgeon in a large veterinary hospital in London before returning to NZ in 1997 to take up a position as Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at Massey University. He gained an RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 2000 and registered as a specialist in small animal orthopaedic surgery. Warrick moved to Adelaide, Australia and set up his private referral business Veterinary Specialist Orthopaedic Services. Whilst in Australia, Warrick invented the Triple Tibial Osteotomy (TTO) technique, which has become the technique of choice for many surgeons throughout the world for the management of cruciate ligament injuries in dogs.  Warrick worked in Adelaide for six years before returning home to NZ in Jan 2007 to run his business from The Pet Doctors in Hamilton. He has been actively involved in assisting the surgeons at Massey University in their total hip replacement program since returning to NZ and was awarded Associate Senior lecturer status in 2012.

Vet SOS at The Pet Doctors

Corner Mill and Tristram Streets
(Opp. Waikato Stadium)

PO Box 9427 Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
t 07-838 2200 f 07-838 2721
warrick@vetsos.com | www.vetsos.com


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