Referral Process

Dr Steenkamp’s clinic at Onderstepoort is known as a referral practice.

Thus meaning that he receives cases only on a referral basis from your local vet (also known as first opinion practices). Should you have a concern about your pet, your first point of contact should always be your local veterinarian, who will investigate and in most cases be able to treat the problem directly.

Should your vet require further insight or clarification on his/her findings, they are then more than welcome to contact Dr Steenkamp at the clinic for advice.  Should this still not resolve or answer their query, they may feel in necessary to refer the case to the clinic for further investigation.


What to do if your pet is referred:

In the event that your animal / pet is referred by your vet to our practice, please ensure that you bring along in the day any and all relevant reports, test results, x-rays and or CT scans that have been performed. This will allow Dr Steenkamp to eliminating what has already been done and he is then able to proceed with making a diagnosis and establishing the appropriate treatment for the problem.

It may also be necessary at the initial consult for Dr Steenkamp to perform further investigations / treatment that may require your animal to be put under general anaesthesia. As a precaution, please ensure when you bring your pet for the examination, that it has been “starved” for this eventuality.

Starving means that your pet may not eat any food from 22h00 the previous evening. Water is allowed at all times! This is a general rule and applies to mid age, mature and generally healthy animals. If your pet is very young, old or very ill, please do not follow this general guideline regarding “starving” as it may negatively impact the wellness of your pet, instead follow the guidelines given by your local veterinarian or should you still be unsure, please contact the Clinic for appropriate advice.

Should you be concerned about the general anaesthesia mentioned above, please contact the Clinic so that we are able to  answers any concerns you may have and give you further information on the possible procedure and what it could entail to set your mind at ease.

Documents that have to be completed when your pet is referred:

A Client & Patient Record Form is available in either Microsoft Word or pdf format.  Please complete this form, print it and bring it along on the day of your consulatation.

Please also read and print the Consent to Treatment and Acceptance of Estimate document and also bring it along on the day of the appointment.

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Please do not forget. Your own vet must provide you with a referral letter. This letter must also be brought along on the day of your consulation with us.

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