For veterinarians

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota provide a variety of services for veterinarians, from consultations with specialists to diagnostic services, continuing education, and more. 

With 16 specialty areas, state-of-the-art equipment such as a 3-T MRI, CT, and linear accelerator, and 24/7 availability, the Veterinary Medical Center is here to help with especially complicated cases.

Refer a small animal

Refer a small animal

Lewis Small Animal Hospital- 612-626-VETS (8387)

After hours, call Emergency Service: 612-626-VETS (8387)

You may refer small animal patients to us in one of four ways:

  • Complete and send via fax a small animal non-rehabilitation referral form to the Customer Contact Center at 612-624-8779.
  • For Rehabilitation Service Referrals, please complete the small animal rehabilitation referral form and fax it to the Customer Contact Center at 612-624-8779.
  • Complete and submit an online referral request
  • Call the Customer Contact Center at 612-626-VETS (8387) or 800-258-6838.
  • After hours, call Emergency Service at 612-626-VETS (8387).

Guidelines:

  • Fill out the referral form completely and attach the medical record and fax to 612-624-8779 or email to vmc@umn.edu.
  • Please do not write "see enclosed records". Use our forms whenever possible to make certain our clinicians have all the information they need.
  • Indicate whether you are referring for a consultation, diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment, or second opinion.
  • Confirm all phone numbers for owners before making referrals to avoid a delay in processing the appointment.
  • If anesthesia is anticipated, send the results of lab work completed within the previous month.
  • Send a copy of the medical record and appropriate radiographs with the client. When at all possible, please send radiographs as original DICOM (.dcm) image files. If you are unsure how to do this, it may be necessary for you to contact your vendor. We are unable to accept View Only links from the Cuattro Cloud. Please ensure any image submitted are clearly labeled with the Patient Name AND the date the images were made. 
  • If your digital radiography equipment has the ability to send to another server, you may send the images directly to a server we have setup for referring providers to send to:

IP Address/Hostname: 134.84.120.106
AE Title: D6541
Port Number: 4006

  • For liability reasons, please do not send photographs of radiographs or photographs of digital images. Please send the original images. If you are unable to send them with the client, please contact the Customer Contact Center for information on how you can send your digital images to us. If you have analogue radiography film, please send them with the client or mail them prior to the appointment.

Refer a large animal

Refer a large animal

Large Animal Hospital: 612-625-6700

After hours, call Emergency Service: 612-626-VETS (8387)

Email: lah@umn.edu

Guidelines:

  • Confirm all phone numbers for owners before making referrals to avoid a delay in processing the appointment.
  • Send a copy of the medical record and appropriate radiographs with the client. (Original DICOM formatted images preferred, digital radiology images are accepted)
  • If anesthesia is anticipated, send the results of lab work completed within the previous month.
  • Provide clients with directions/maps/parking, payment, and visiting information.

Fees

The VMC is primarily supported by fees for service. While every effort is made to control costs, modern veterinary medical care can become costly. All VMC clients are asked to sign a statement in which they accept financial responsibility for the care of their companion animal. Upon patient admission, our medical staff will provide your client with an estimate of the anticipated service fees for the first 24 hours of care. Adjusted estimates are provided as medical care progresses.

Payment for services fees may be made via cash, check or major credit card. Our accounting staff is readily available to answer all billing and payment questions.

Communication

Our goal is to communicate your patient's progress to you as appropriate. Our clinicians will provide you with a verbal report, as soon as possible, when a significant event occurs related to the patient's care. This includes a major shift in the diagnosis, treatment plan, or the death of the patient.

We will notify you within 48 hours of discharge of the preliminary findings and discharge instructions provided to your client.

To receive a copy of your patient's medical records please contact our help line at 612-626-VETS (8387). As a public institution, we must receive permission from the client to release records prior to processing your request.

Any concerns may be discussed with the Director of Customer Service at 612-624-1408.

Radiologist Radiographic Consultation

Our board-certified radiologists are available to review radiographs or other imaging procedures performed at your clinic or elsewhere. 

Review our FAQ sheet on submitting radiographs for consultations. Fill out and submit your request form to the Medical Imaging Department. NOTE: Our radiologists will only accept DICOM images for interpretation. For diagnostic reasons we are unable to review JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, or other image formats. Please submit the actual images (see the request form for the email address or our DICOM server information). We are unable to accept view only links from the Cuattro Cloud.