Referring Veterinarians

Referring a Patient

Prior to sending any referral client, the referring veterinarian should call WSU and speak to an accepting service (e.g., neurology) regarding the client’s physical condition, where the client is coming from, what the anticipated arrival time is (for emergencies) and any other information pertinent to the client. If it is not an emergency, the accepting veterinarian may, then, transfer the caller to make an appointment.

Referral forms

The WSU-VTH referral form should be filled out completely, which includes pertinent information regarding the medical history, laboratory data, medications and response to treatments. Available radiographs should be sent with the owner. The referral form should also include the name, address and telephone number of that referring veterinarian. This enables us to efficiently evaluate diagnostics and results already obtained and provide follow-up information on completion of the visit. Forms may be filled out and faxed to the accepting clinician, or may be completed and attached to radiographs, etc. and hand carried by the animal’s owners.

Referral forms and any support materials can be mailed to:
College of Veterinary Medicine 
Washington State University
PO Box 647060 
Pullman, WA 99164-7060

For overnight or hand carried deliveries ship or bring to:
College of Veterinary Medicine 
Washington State University
100 Grimes Ave 
Pullman, WA 99164


Emergencies are accepted at WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. After regular office hours, there is a doctor present at all times to receive these clients. Even when sending an emergency to the hospital we ask that you call ahead and let us know the animal is coming, so that we will be ready to provide the best possible care as soon as the animal arrives. Additionally, there is an emergency fee for after hours and non-scheduled visits. WSU Pharmacy and Laboratory staff may be called in for emergencies seen in our hospital only, not for out of hospital emergencies.

Small animal patients

may need to be fasted from 6 pm the day before arrival. Water should not be withheld. This will allow submission of fasting blood samples or, if required, placing the patient under general anesthesia.

Referral Communications

  • When a referral case is admitted, a FAX with the name of the receiving clinician will be sent to that referring veterinarian. If you have questions or need progress reports, you should contact the clinician noted on that FAX. On the day of discharge, the client will receive a discharge summary stating the diagnosis, procedures performed and instructions for aftercare. Referring veterinarians will receive a copy of this discharge summary and/or a letter or telephone report a few days after the patient is discharged. Pertinent laboratory results will be included with the final report.
  • In some instances, as part of follow-up studies, you will be consulted for information about the animal you referred to Washington State University. Clinicians would appreciate your assistance in compiling this information.
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