17 December 2019

Scanner arrival at Inverness Campus means local diagnosis for Highland pets

The impressive growth of Inverness Campus was boosted this week by the arrival of a 64 slice CT scanner at Scottish Vet Referrals.

Once fully installed the new kit will be the only permanent veterinary CT scanner in the Highlands, and the most advanced in private practice in Scotland. It will mean that owners will no longer need to take unwell pets to Aberdeen or Stirling for advanced diagnostic imaging.

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body to give a detailed 3D image of the internal structures. 

The 13 tonne lead-lined unit containing the scanner arrived by road from Gloucester-based firm, MIUS.

The company buys ex-NHS scanners, which are no longer suitable for the intense usage required in hospitals. It refurbishes and repurposes them for specific use in veterinary practice. They are then used to scan a variety of animals, allowing vets to detect illnesses more speedily and accurately.


Kirsten Macleod of Scottish Vet Referrals said the installation of the scanner forms part of the company’s continued growth. She added:

“We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this scanner. It will be hugely beneficial to many of our patients, as it will cut travel significantly and enable much earlier and more accurate diagnosis for many animals in the Highlands  We also anticipate it also being used in farmed fish health monitoring, and post mortem investigations of marine strandings.”



Scottish Vet Referrals (SVR) was established by local vets Kirsten Macleod and Tony Wall in 2015. They moved to purpose-built premises at Inverness Campus in 2017. Since then the practice has seen rapid growth with 8+ now working there plus a further 3 visiting clinicians. SVR is the only independent referral practice in the North of Scotland. Current work focuses on ophthalmology, internal medicine, oncology, cardiorespiratory and surgical cases, with future plans including further expansion to develop expertise in other areas of veterinary medicine.