A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training in the form of a 3-year residency under a registered specialist in an accredited institution. They would have had to demonstrate their expertise in the area of specialisation by examination and publication.
There are currently three veterinary specialist clinicians in Singapore.
Dr Nathalee Prakash graduated from Murdoch University in 2002. She obtained her membership in Canine Medicine in 2008 with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) and completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Medicine with the University of Melbourne in 2014.
In the same year, she obtained her specialist qualifications with the ANZCVS and is aiming for Board-certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 2016. She has published in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and immunology and is currently completing her PhD on inflammatory bowel disease in dogs.
Dr Maguire is a Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He graduated from University of Sydney in 2006 with first class honours and worked 9 years in the USA, where he completed 2 years of surgical internship training and a 3-year small animal surgical residency programme at a veterinary referral centre in New York. In 2015, he obtained his specialist qualifications with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His areas of interest include trauma and reconstructive surgery, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and neurosurgery.
Dr Maguire lives with his wife, a specialist in exotic companion mammal medicine, two children and a parrot named Tweety!
REFERRAL SERVICE FOR INTERNAL MEDICINE
We provide a referral service for internal medicine, which focuses on the diagnosis and management in areas of cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, haematology, infectious disease, medical oncology, nephrology and neurology.
REFERRAL SERVICE FOR SURGERY
Our surgical team works with state-of-the-art surgical equipments and facilities including Synthes® (Swiss precision instruments) orthopedic and neurosurgical units, Valleylab® electrosurgery unit, operating microscope and a Cardell® multifunction digital anaesthetic monitoring system. We are also equipped with digital radiography and a CT( computed tomography) scan unit for better surgical planning and access to top of the line 3 Tesla MRI.
You may be referred to a specialist if your pet’s health problem is more complex and requires additional expertise and/or specialised equipment. Your pet may be referred for a diagnostic procedure, or for both investigation and treatment.
The aim of our referral service is to complement or be an extension of veterinary care already provided by your veterinarian. As we do not replicate services of your regular veterinarian, specialists do not usually provide basic care such as vaccinations, spays or neuters, etc.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A REFERRAL, PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN.
Your pet receives the best care when you, your regular veterinarian and the veterinary specialist communicate and work together.
We will communicate with your regular vet regarding our clinical findings and ongoing treatment for the referred problem.
Dr Nathalee Prakash and Dr Patrick Maguire are available for referral at Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre (Gelenggang). If you have any queries, contact our centre at 6251 7666.