Bridge Referrals

Bridge Referrals is the North East’s newest veterinary referral centre for small animals. Our modern, high tech and innovative facility will be accepting all referral cases.
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Small Animal Veterinary Referrals

We are an exciting new independent multidisciplinary small animal veterinary referral hospital based in South Tyneside. Bridge Referrals offers advanced veterinary services from experienced referral clinicians to primary care veterinary practices in the North of England and Southern Scotland. We offer a holistic, collaborative approach in treating your pets, giving them the best possible outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team can offer referrals in orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine and oncology.

Bridge Referrals is owned by families local to the area. We are proud of the North East’s picturesque countryside and wildlife, we have put sustainability at the heart of how we created and run Bridge Referrals to minimise our impact on our local environment.

Join Team Bridge!

Be part of our dynamic new veterinary referral hospital in the North East.
Learn and thrive in a friendly, team orientated environment. Email us to find out more…


Key Services


Diagnostic imaging

Internal medicine






Soft tissue surgery

Mission statement

“Providing excellent service and exceptional standards of care for our patients, clients and
community by bridging the gap between first opinion practices and referral centres. We forge
relationships with our referring vets making referring a patient a friendly and seamless process”


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February 23, 2024

Surgeons at Bridge Referrals perform a Craniectomy in the successful treatment of a meningioma brain tumour

Bridge Referrals are delighted to announce that they carried out a successful treatment for a brain tumour in a cat by performing an Craniectomy. This procedure was the accumulation of a treatment plan that involved a multidisciplinary approach from six departments (Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging). A craniectomy is a surgical procedure in which a portion of the skull is removed temporarily or permanently to allow access to the brain. This procedure is not often performed in the veterinary world. Violet Meet the splendid Violet. She presented to our Neurology Department with sudden onset…
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February 19, 2024

Our ophthalmology department grows with the addition of Olivia Grice

We are thrilled to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to Olivia Grice, our new ophthalmology vet.  Olivia Grice PGCertSAOphthal MRCVS Olivia starts on this exciting journey with us here at Bridge Referrals as we expand our Ophthalmology department. Already a valued addition to our team, we are eager to continue to build upon exceptional care we offer to our ophthalmology patients and their devoted owners. As a member of our hospital family, Olivia’s dedication to enhancing animal welfare will be a great addition. Olivia’s passion for ophthalmology will undoubtedly make a significant difference in the lives of our patients,…
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January 30, 2024

Mitral Valve Disease – Differentiating between B1 and B2 and why is it important?

Mitral Valve disease (MVD) is the most common heart disease we see in dogs, primarily affecting small breed dogs with some breeds such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Miniature Poodles and Shih Tzus highly represented. In 2009 the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) created a staging protocol for the disease based on the equivalent in human medicine. This was updated in 2019 to take account of changes in diagnosis, treatment and our knowledge of the disease.   In this blog I’d like to go through the categorisation of stages and what differentiates them, particularly B1 and B2, and…