What Do We Do

Read about our services in Cornwall

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology


Cornwall Veterinary Referrals is the small animal referral division of Penmellyn Vet Group. Phil Witte BSc BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) DSAS (Orth) MRCVS Veterinary Surgeon joined the team in January 2020 specialising in Orthopaedics. He especially enjoys management of complex fractures and angular limb deformities and is also interested in optimising outcomes for cases with more routine joint diseases such as patellar luxation, cranial cruciate ligament disease and hip and elbow dysplasia.

Cornwall Veterinary Referrals has a firm ethos of providing local expertise and support to local practices. All cases are discussed without obligation, including happily providing tips on how to repair fractures in your own practice.


Dr Mark Patteson (MA, VetMB, PHD, DVC, Cert VR. MRCVS) is an RCVS specialist in veterinary cardiology.
He comes to our practice every 3 weeks to see Cardiology and Imaging cases referred from practices in Cornwall and South Devon.

As the medical management of all forms of heart disease improves and expands, Mark is often able to extend good quality life periods for his cardiac patients.

His imaging and diagnostics skills with ultrasonography, echocardiography and halter monitoring particularly help him to give clients the clearest possible information on their pet.

Appointments with Mark can be made via email.


Jim Carter (BVetMed DVOphthal MRCVS) is the leading Veterinary Ophthalmologist in the South West, having studied veterinary ophthalmology to the highest level (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate and Diploma).

He visits Penmellyn fortnightly, bringing advanced diagnostic equipment and expertise with him.
He is also a member of the BVA/KC eye scoring panel, qualified to scrutinise and certificate pedigree animals for breeding under the scheme aimed to reduce incidence of genetic disease.

A referral practice operates as a partnership with all of its referring practices. We take that relationship seriously, and if there is any support you need from us, we aim to provide it ourselves or assist you until you get it from case referral to equipment sourcing, from technique advice to case discussion.

Appointments with Jim can be made via email