Veterinary surgeons may advise referral for a number of reasons, including when a case or treatment option is outside their area of expertise and in order to access specific diagnostic or surgical techniques.
Veterinary surgeons sometimes have need or desire to involve paraprofessionals in the care of their small animal patients. Most commonly this might be for behavioural issues or physiotherapy/rehabilitation. However in these areas the range of qualifications and services on offer may be confusing. It is important to be clear about the qualifications and experience of the person accepting referrals.