Referrals – Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Surgery


Nick Burden obtained his Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1986 and immediately joined the BVA/Kennel Club/ISDS eye panel to examine for hereditary eye disease in the dog. He no longer takes external referrals but continues to do his eye panel work and will often help with our own tricky eye cases.

Animals are examined in our Chippenham Veterinary Hospital but on occasions eye clinics of 25 dogs or more are held at locations around the country.

The examination requires the Kennel Club registration document for the dog and after the examination a certificate is given with the results.

This image shows the drainage angle of a Welsh Springer Spaniel. In places there is a normal area with adjacent areas showing an absent drainage angle. This dog would be susceptible to developing glaucoma later in life and should not be bred from.


We are delighted to have the services of Mrs Bridget Gregory, a certifcate holder in Veterinary Dermatology, to do Dermatology referrals. These are normally done at the Melksham Surgery. For further details please contact the Hospital on 01249 653561.


We are very pleased to report that we can now provide a great service for our patients requiring more advanced surgical procedures at the Hale Veterinary Group! Chrissy Roberts, an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery, joined us in 2016 to head our surgical team. She has particular interest in orthopaedic surgery, including complex fractures, management of cranial cruciate ligament disease and investigation and treatment of difficult lameness. She also has wide experience in soft tissue surgery, especially in ENT surgery, wounds, oncologic and reconstructive surgery.

Chrissy qualified from Cambridge in 2004, and has focused on small animal surgery ever since, obtaining her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2010.
She began her career in South Wales where she met her husband who is also a vet, and was then a lead surgeon at a large hospital in Gloucester for nine years.