Our Endoscopy service is run by two of our vets, Rebecca Castle and Penny Crocker, supported by registered veterinary nurses Issy Foxley-Marrable and Holly Cadman. 

Rebecca graduated from the University of Bristol in 2015, and joined us shortly afterwards. She has just started a certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery, and completed a certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2020. 


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Penny graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020 and joined the Wheelhouse team soon afterwards. Shortly after starting, she gained experience in laparoscopic (key hole) procedures and completed a course in clinical and practical endoscopy. She is planning to start a certificate in Small Animal Surgery later this year. 


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  • What Does the Endoscopy Clinical Service Provide?
  • Equipment
  • Prices
  • Booking an Appointment?

What Does the Endoscopy Clinical Service Provide?

What Does the Endoscopy Clinical Service Provide?

Using a range of flexible and rigid telescopes, the endoscopy team have the ability to examine and investigate natural body openings, and the abdomen and organs, through a minimally invasive approach using surgical ports. 

Using endoscopy, abnormalities can be visualised, samples can be taken for diagnosis of conditions, foreign bodies can be removed and minimally invasive “keyhole surgery” can be performed. 

We are able to offer a number of endoscopic procedures, including: 

  • Bronchoscopy
    - allows examination of the airways and lung lobes
    - this can be a useful diagnostic tool in ongoing coughing cases
  • Colonoscopy
    - allows examination of the large intestine
  • Gastroduodenoscopy
    - allows examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine)
    - this can allow manual retrieval of a foreign body which might not otherwise pass through the intestines
    - it can also aid in the diagnosis of chronic vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Laparoscopy
    - allows exploration of the abdomen
  • Laparoscopic spay
    - allows removal of the ovaries through keyhole surgery, without the need for a large abdominal wound
  • Laparoscopic castration
    - allows removal of retained testicles through keyhole surgery, without the need for a large abdominal wound
  • Laparoscopic assisted liver biopsies
    - allows samples of liver to be taken, without the need for a large abdominal wound
  • Otoscopy
    - allows examination of the ear canal and middle ear
  • Rhinoscopy
    - allows examination of the nasal chambers and pharynx (throat)
    - this is very useful in cases of sneezing or nasal discharge
  • Urethrocystoscopy (females only)
    - allows examination of the bladder and urinary tract in female dogs
  • Vaginoscopy
    - allows examination of caudal vagina in female dogs



The endoscopy team has access to a range of specific equipment, including: 

  • Video gastroscope 
  • Fibre scope for bronchoscopy 
  • Laparoscopic telescope 
  • Rigid rhinoscope 
  • Rigid arthroscope 



Our prices are usually significantly lower than at specialist referral centres and so can be a good option for clients and pets who cannot proceed with full specialist referral.

If you are interested in knowing more about the prices involved please do give our reception team a call or pop them an email at reception@wheelhousevets.co.uk.

Booking an Appointment?

How Do I Arrange An Appointment For This Service?

If you are already a Wheelhouse client, please discuss this with your usual vet, who can arrange for you to be seen by the Endoscopy clinical service. 

If you are not already registered with the Wheelhouse Vets, then please contact your usual vet to request an appointment with our Endoscopy clinical service. 

A member of our team will then give you a call to book your appointment, and also confirm the booking via email.

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