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Internal Medicine and Soft Tissue Surgery

Cedarmount, at heart, is a team effort. I have been leading my team for over thirty years, taking referrals in all aspects of internal medicine, and some soft tissue surgery (notably BOAS surgeries, thoracotomies, liver and biliary surgery and oral cancer work). I regularly manage cases in all aspects of disease of dogs and cats.

I am delighted to receive advice calls or emails ([email protected]) from veterinary colleagues, whether a referral is a practical option or not. If a case does need to be referred, I find a brief chat with the referring vet is exceptionally helpful, rather than relying on a case-note-transfer alone. I work part-time now, so if I am not immediately available my staff will contact me and I will try very hard to call you back as soon as I can. Cedarmount is blessed with several very experienced clinicians and nurses, so if I really cannot attend, it is often possible for one of the team to take the referral (perhaps in consultation with me). If you would like to discuss a case on behalf of a client please do give us a call.


Some recent cases:

  • Chemotherapy for lymphoma and many other cancers
  • Adjunctive chemotherapy therapy for many soft tissue or bone cancers
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes
  • Inflammatory bowel disease in dogs and cats
  • Cardiac tamponade correction by thoracoscope (saving full thoracotomy)
  • Pulmonary tumour removal
  • Urinary tract investigations and imaging
  • Ectopic ureters and incontinence (diagnosis with high quality ultrasound and contrast radiography). Below, a radiograph shows a female dog with a vaginally-located ectopic ureter, and the video of an incontinent juvenile male retriever below shows both ureters displaced distally into the prostatic urethra. Both cases successfully managed surgically.
  • Ascending vagino-ureterogram – showing ectopic ureter


At Cedarmount we have a good range of diagnostic equipment which facilitates high quality work:

  • One-port laparoscopic tower from USA – facilitates liver biopsies, bile sampling, visualisation of internal organs
  • Referral-quality ultrasound machine with Colour Doppler (and training and extensive experience in its use)
  • Equipment for accurate blood pressure measurement in dogs and cats
  • A range of rigid and flexible endoscopes – allowing imaging and biopsy of nasal chambers even in cats, stomach, duodenum, colon, vagina and bronchi
  • iStat in house blood gas analysis (essential
  • Robust and accurate blood work using IDEXX instrumentation
  • High quality microscope for accurate cytological examination (intra-operative diagnosis on occasion)
  • Pancreatectomy for insulinoma

I have a derogation from VMD allowing use of Oncept vaccination for Canine Malignant Melanoma (under auspices of R(D)SVS, Edinburgh).

Practical Details

  • We do allow “Pay Vet Direct” from most insurance companies, but clients are expected to pay any excess (fixed or percentage) immediately at the case-conclusion. There is also an upfront case administration fee for Pay-Vet-Direct cases if that is an option which clients select.
  • IN PATIENTS: We are accredited under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme, but we are not a formal Veterinary Hospital. The main difference between us and a Hospital is that we do not have staff on the premises all night. If your pet requires an overnight stay, a vet will be responsible for ensuring comprehensive medical and surgical care. Based on clinical need, this may include monitoring by webcam, visit/s to the clinic as required, and in rare cases taking your pet home, prolonged attendance cage-side or transfer to the VetsNow Hospital in Belfast.

Craig also lectures on occasion to vets and interested groups such as dog breeding clubs. The following are downloadable pdfs of some of the recent talks (including links to some illustrative videos).

Liver: medicine, surgery and technology by Craig Reilly a talk for AVSPNI congress October 2017 (with supporting video of keyhole liver biopsy)

Liver Let Die by Craig Reilly a talk given to YVN BVA group of vets Feb 20162012 Mar 21 Cat with very worrying blue tinge of cyanosis

PDF Mouth Breathing Moggies by Craig Reilly a talk given to YVN BVA vets in Belfast Feb 2014

Sick to the Back teeth! A talk given to BSAVA group of NI Small Animal vets.

If you need a referral, please contact us to make an appointment – urgent cases will be accommodated if at all possible.