The Ophthalmology team offer a complete ophthalmic assessment for patients with ocular disease or ophthalmic emergencies. Woodcroft Veterinary Referrals has three Veterinary Ophthalmologists working as part of the wider referral team to provide all aspects of veterinary care to our patients.

Using the latest techniques our ophthalmology team offer complete ophthalmic assessment and if required surgical procedures including cataract surgery, lendectomy by phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation.

Our operating theatres are equipped and managed to the highest of standards to ensure the best outcome for our patients. Supported by our onsite 24 hospital, our team of knowledgeable and caring Vets and Nurses provide intensive overnight medical management and quick recovery of patients following surgery.


Suitable cases for referral


  • In depth ophthalmic examination


  • Extraocular microsurgery including:
    • Parotid duct transposition surgery
    • Lacrimal punctal surgery
    • Eyelid reconstruction and correction of eyelid deformities


  • Third eyelid surgery:
    • Nictitating gland replacement (client information leaflet available)
    • Scrolled cartilage correction


  • Corneal and corneo-scleral surgery including:
    • Conjunctival pedicle grafting
    • Corneal-conjunctival transposition
    • Superficial keratectomy


  • Cataract assessment:
    • Lendectomy by phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation


Equipment and techniques available


  • Slit lamp biomicroscopy
  • Applanation and rebound tonometry
  • Direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Orbital and ocular ultrasonography
  • Gonioscopy
  • Operating microscope
  • Blood pressure assessment
  • Electroretinography
  • Inhouse Computed tomography
  • Visiting MRI scanner
  • Phacoemulsification with Signature Model

Meet the team


Alistair Oldfield BSc (Hons) BVSc Cert VOphthal MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Clinical Director of Ophthalmology          


Alison Rutter BVetMed BSc (Hons) MRCVS PgC Ophthal PgC SAS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Clinical Director of Ophthalmology


Marta Lopez Garcia LDA Vet PGCertSAOphthal MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology



Kate Brooks BSc BVMS CertVOphthal MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Ophthalmology 


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Refer a patient

We can treat various cases at our Woodcroft Veterinary Hospital. Vets can refer a case either online or by downloading our Referrals form:

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