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Dog & Cat MRI Locations in UK

Due to the high cost of buying and setting up an MRI machine, there are only 32 permanent facilities in the UK that provide MRIs for dogs and cats. We've researched the market to find MRI facilities around the UK, to help you find an MRI near you. We'll also explain how mobile MRIs work, which can be a help if you live very far from a permanent facility.

MRI Locations for Dogs and Cats

Use our map below to find a permanent MRI centre near you. Those with pet insurance underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA) should look for a centre that's part of the RSA Preferred Network—by using a referral vet who isn't part of the RSA network, you may need to pay £200 of the referral. We've highlighted the RSA MRI sites with purple pins in the map below; MRI sites not in the RSA referral network appear as grey pins.

List of MRI Locations

RegionVeterinarians with In-House MRIsIn RSA Network?TownPostcodePhone Number
East MidlandsDovecote Veterinary HospitalYesCastle Donington, DerbyDE74 2LJ01332 810395 / 812500
Pride Veterinary Centre, University of NottinghamYesDerby, DerbyshireDE24 8HX01332 678333
East of EnglandAnimal Health TrustYesNewmarket, SuffolkCB8 7UU01638 751000
Dick White ReferralsNoSix Mile Bottom, CambridgeshireCB8 0UH01638 572012
Royal Veterinary College, University of LondonYesNorth Mymms, HertfordshireAL9 7TA01707 666399 (select option 4)
The Grove Veterinary Hospital & ClinicsNoFakenham, NorfolkIP22 4ER01328 862137
The Queen's Veterinary School HospitalYesCambridge, CambridgeshireCB3 0ES01223 337621
North EastWear ReferralsYesBradbury, Stockton-on-TeesTS21 2ES01388 777 770
North WestChester Gates Veterinary SpecialistsYesChester, CheshireCH1 6LT01244 853823
Nantwich Veterinary HospitalNoNantwich, CheshireCW5 5SF01270 610322
Northwest MRI & CTNoWigan, Greater ManchesterWN3 4EL01942 242001
Northwest Veterinary SpecialistsNoSutton Weaver, CheshireWA7 3FW01928 711400
University of LiverpoolNoNeston, CheshireCH64 7TE0151 795 6100
Northern IrelandCedar Grove Vet ClinicYesCastlereagh, BelfastBT6 9QB028 9079 8457
ScotlandThe Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies HospitalYesMidlothianEH25 9RG0131 650 7650
University of Glasgow Small Animal HospitalYesGlasgowG61 1QH0141 330 5848
South EastFitzpatrick ReferralsNoEashing, SurreyGU7 2QQ01483 423 761
Lumbry ParkYesAlton, HampshireGU34 3HL01420 481777
Nine Mile Veterinary GroupNoWokingham, BerkshireRG40 4JD0118 973 3466
South EastSouthern Counties Veterinary SpecialistsYesRingwood, HampshireBH24 3JW01425 485615
South WestBath Vet GroupNoBath, SomersetBA2 5RL01225 832521
Bath Veterinary ReferralsYesBath, SomersetBA2 5RL01225 832521
CityVets - HeavitreeNoExeter, DevonEX1 2QJ01392 250066
Langford VetsYesLangford, BristolBS40 5DU01173 940513
Langford Vets, Univerity of BristolNoBristolBS40 5DU0117 394 0513
Rowe ReferralsYesWotton-under-Edge, GloucestershireGL12 7PP01454 521000
Vale ReferralsNoDursley, GloucestershireGL11 6AJ01453 547934
West MidlandsWillows Veterinary Centre and Referral ServiceNoSolihullB90 4NH0121 712 7070
Yorkshire and the HumberBeechwood VetNoDoncaster, South YorkshireDN4 7AA01302 534999
Bishopton VetsNoRipon, North YorkshireHG4 2QR01765 602396
Kingston Veterinary HospitalYesHull, East YorkshireHU3 2JF01482 223688
Torrington VetsNoBrighouse, West YorkshireHD6 1NQ01484 404770

Mobile MRIs for Dogs and Cat

Burgess Diagnostics operates 8 mobile MRI/CT trucks that travel around the UK, in partnership with veterinary surgeries across 75 sites. Those living far from a permanent MRI facility may find a mobile site that is more convenient to them. Unfortunately Burgess declined to provide us with a list of their centres, but you can view the counties serviced by Burgess in the table below. To find mobile MRI sites near you, contact Burgess at 0845 371 4012.

Mobile MRI Locations

  • Aberdeenshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire
  • Cork
  • Derry
  • Devon
  • Dublin
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Gloucester
  • Hampshire
  • Hetfordshire
  • Kent
  • Leicester
  • Merseyside
  • Midlothian
  • Norfolk
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Shropshire
  • Somerset
  • South Yorkshire
  • Surrey
  • Tyne & Wear
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire
  • Wiltshire

How Mobile MRIs Work

When you arrive at the scanning site, your pet will first receive a physical examination and perhaps blood tests to ensure they're fit to receive anesthesia, which is necessary to ensure your pet stays still during the MRI or CT scan.

The scans last 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of body parts to be scanned and scans required. These scans help your veterinary surgeon to reach an accurate diagnosis of your pet's illness or injury. In most cases, pets can go home after a few hours once their bodies have processed the anesthesia.

For information on what you'll need to pay for an MRI, please see our article on Average Cost of an MRI Scan for a Dog or Cat.

Comments and Questions

The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.