A30 Small Animal Surgical Referrals

A30 Referrals is the small animal referral division of Penmellyn Vet Group. It was launched with the arrival of Dr. Colin Whiting BVSc CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery in 2007, seeing orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgical cases referred from practices in Cornwall and South Devon.

A30 referrals has a firm ethos of providing local expertise and support to local practices. Colin is readily available for advice to colleagues, by phone or e-mail, and also provides a free verbal radiograph reporting service. All cases are discussed without obligation, including happily providing tips on how to repair fractures in your own practice.

Colin has particular interests in:

• Cruciate surgery – (performing extracapsular, closing wedge and Slocum TPLO, with case experience of over 1000 stifle procedures)
• Ear, Nose and throat surgery – including TECA-LBO and laryngeal tie-back
• Spinal surgery – for intervertebral disc disease including hemi, mini-hemilaminectomy and cervical ventral slot and distraction fusion techniques for ‘wobbler’ cases
• Fracture repair – including ASIF kits range from 1.5mm to 5.5mm, as well as external fixation techniques
• Arthroscopy – a 2.4 and 2.7mm arthroscope helps with imaging and minimally invasive surgery of elbows and shoulders
• Multimodal pain-relief

German Shepherd with sad black eyes


Jim Carter (BVetMed DVOphthal MRCVS) is a leading Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and he visits Penmellyn fortnightly, bringing advanced diagnostic equipment and expertise with him.

Open surgery with instruments in the cut at A30Referrals Penmellyn Vets Cornwall


Colin Whiting BVSc CertSAS MRCVS will see orthopaedic, spinal and soft tissue surgical cases referred from practices in Cornwall, South Devon and beyond.

Golden labrador with shaved fur on backleg from recent surgery at A30Referrals Penmellyn Vets


Duke returning for his check-up, six weeks after having bilateral TPLO surgery for Cranial Cruciate Ligament degeneration. Read all about Duke and other interesting cases.

Stethoscope on blue drapes in a heart shape


Dr Mark Patteson (MA VetMB PHD DVC Cert VR MRCVS)  visits us every 3 weeks to see cardiology and imaging cases referred from practices in Cornwall & South Devon.

Want to refer a case?

A30 Referrals PENMELLYN VET GROUP LTD Station Road St. Columb Major, Cornwall TR9 6BX
Tel: 01637 880307 Fax: 01637 880825 E-mail: admin@penmellyn.co.uk

Colin helped my yellow lab Holly as she had loose cartilage in her knee and lots of arthritis!
A very compassionate vet and good to report Holly is doing well x Thanks Colin

Ruth and Holly

So deserved getting your RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner Certificate Colin.
Don’t know where we would have been with Jago if you hadn’t put his leg back together.

Wendy and Jago

Colin has been great and Bryn and I had very good care from all the staff.
Bryn is recovering well from his two broken legs and looking forward to getting out for walks again!

Bryn's Owner

Penmellyn Vet Group Ltd


A30 Referrals
Station Road
St. Columb Major