Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 2020-02-05T09:20:21+00:00

Project Description

Here at Charter Vets we offer RCVS advanced practitioners offering referral level surgery and treatments at our Veterinary Hospital in Barnstaple.

Whatever the time of day or night, if your pet needs intensive care, we are here to provide it.

Charter Vets have two veterinary hospitals so rest assured, our nurses are on-site 24 hours a day to look after your pet’s intensive care needs. A member of our nursing team will always answer your call out of normal working hours. We do not use a messaging service or answer machines.

Our team of experienced vets is available for emergency assessment and evaluation.

Our intensive care services for your pet takes full advantage of modern techniques and procedures, resulting in positive outcomes wherever possible. Veterinary Surgeon, Dave Tittle has additional qualifications in Veterinary Anaesthesia, with a particular interest in Emergency and Critical Care techniques.

Our intensive care service mean you pet can benefit from:

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  • Emergency triage and stabilisation

  • Emergency surgery

  • Small animal incubators

  • Critical monitoring of vital parameters

  • Accurate recording of changes in condition

  • Fluid therapy

  • Fluid resuscitation techniques

  • Blood transfusion

  • Infusion/Constant Rate Infusion of analgesics, anaesthesia, sedation and medication

  • Ventilation

  • Resuscitation protocols

  • ICU – intermediate duration sedation


The analgesia service runs alongside other disciplines within the Charter Group, in particular orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgery.

Your pet’s pain relief during all procedures is our utmost concern. As such, we have a range of modern agents and techniques available to minimise pain before during and after procedures.

Our approach is tailored to each individual patient and your pet is monitored by our fully trained staff. Patient comfort, including the provision of adequate pain relief, is of paramount importance to us.

We offer:

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  • Pre-emptive/progressive analgesic regimes

  • Multi-modal analgesic protocols

  • Acupuncture

  • Infusion/constant rate infusion therapy


Your pet’s safety during operations is of utmost concern and we can offer a range of advanced anaesthetic agents and techniques.

These can be tailored to the individual patient, and are monitored by our fully trained staff. Dave Tittle has additional qualifications in Veterinary Anaesthesia and he ensures we use the most appropriate anaesthetic for your pet.

We offer:

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  • In-house pre-anaesthetic blood profiles

  • Intravenous fluid administration

  • Modern anaesthetic drugs

  • Comprehensive anaesthetic monitoring

  • Heart Rate

  • Respiratory Rate

  • Pulse Oximetry

  • ECG

  • Carbon dioxide

  • Temperature

  • Non-invasive blood pressure

  • Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA)

  • Ventilatory Support

  • Post-operative monitoring/recovery


Patients from any of our clinics requiring overnight care are hospitalised at either  of our Hospitals. Our dual Veterinary Hospital status means that we provide 24 hour nursing care, using the latest equipment and facilities.

Our compassionate nursing team is responsible for the provision of in-patient care, and monitoring of your pet’s condition during their stay. They are knowledgeable and proficient in delivering the high standard of patient care that we provide.

We are proud to have two fully equipped Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved veterinary hospitals so you can rest assured that your pet will always receive the highest quality professional care, backed by a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and uncompromising service levels.

Our Roundswell Hospital boasts an Intensive Care ‘Hub’. Situated in the ‘Prep’ area, this facility enables close and round the clock monitoring of
critical patients, and delivery of continuous nursing care, and oxygen therapy. Our Mullacott Hospital has a similar mobile ’Hub’ to allow regular and continuous monitoring of high dependency patients.

We are able to rapidly monitor:

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  • Continuous ECG

  • Pulse oximetry

  • Changes in blood parameters

  • Heart rate

  • Respiratory rate

  • Carbon dioxide

  • Non-invasive and invasive blood pressure

  • Temperature

  • Electronic fluid administration rates

Need to arrange a referral?

Call us on 01271 371115 or email with your client contact details, patient details, a prioritised summary of the history, and any supportive imaging, lab work and full clinical notes file. For imaging, original sized jpeg exports are still helpful but dicoms are even better, which can be shared via Dropbox to the above email address.