A TOP pet hospital led by a TV vet is celebrating a triumphant first year – in which they have treated more than 750 patients.

Following its highly-anticipated launch in July 2018, Hamilton Specialist Referrals (HSR), in Halifax Road, High Wycombe, has experienced major growth in the past year.

The centre – which is led by TV vet Michael and his wife Clare – has been such a success it has already more than doubled the number of staff it employs to more than 50.

The specialist referral hospital also now boasts six full-time specialists, covering orthopaedics, neurology, anaesthesia, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

The Bucks Free Press was given an exclusive look behind the scenes at the top pet hospital.

The Tier 3, RCVS accredited hospital uses the most technically advanced imaging equipment – and its 1.5T high field MRI scanner has been used for more than 250 MRI scans within the last 12 months.

In addition, over 200 CT scans have been performed, which staff say aids in the diagnosis and planning of complex orthopaedic procedures.

And as the first anniversary of the opening of HSR approaches, the hospital is close to welcoming its 1,000th new patient.

Clare Hamilton, Co-Founder and Managing Director commented on the anniversary, saying: “HSR is diverse and full of individual characters, who bring out the best in each other. I am proud to be part of a team where we celebrate our differences and help staff to grow and develop.

“The veterinary profession is renowned for being a stressful industry and sadly has a very high suicide rate. Our working culture is one of openness and honesty which helps to keep mental health in check.

“I believe that our success is down to the strength of our relationships with our referring vets and the personal touches that we offer. We work as an extension to their teams and we are humbled to see how they have supported us within our first year of business.”

Over 132 different breeds of dog have been under the care of HSR with the most common breed being the Labrador Retriever.

The second most commonly seen type of dog are crossbreeds, followed by Cocker Spaniels and fusion breeds like Cockapoos and Labradoodles.

In another new development for the hospital, it has started offering Saturday routine appointments.

Michael Hamilton, Co-Founder and clinical director, said he is “excited” to see what the future holds for the hospital.

He said: “The support we have received from the local vet community and media has been wonderful. We are aware that there are many referral options and are so grateful for the ongoing support of our referring vets and local community - we never take this for granted.

“After years of hard work, I really am living the dream and feel very privileged to be working in such a wonderful hospital with such a wonderful bunch of talented, positive people.

“There is fantastic camaraderie amongst the staff. I get a huge kick out of seeing my teammates so happy.”