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
|Region||Veterinarians with In-House MRIs||In RSA Network?||Town||Postcode||Phone Number|
|East Midlands||Dovecote Veterinary Hospital||Yes||Castle Donington, Derby||DE74 2LJ||01332 810395 / 812500|
|Pride Veterinary Centre, University of Nottingham||Yes||Derby, Derbyshire||DE24 8HX||01332 678333|
|East of England||Animal Health Trust||Yes||Newmarket, Suffolk||CB8 7UU||01638 751000|
|Dick White Referrals||No||Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire||CB8 0UH||01638 572012|
|Royal Veterinary College, University of London||Yes||North Mymms, Hertfordshire||AL9 7TA||01707 666399 (select option 4)|
|The Grove Veterinary Hospital & Clinics||No||Fakenham, Norfolk||IP22 4ER||01328 862137|
|The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital||Yes||Cambridge, Cambridgeshire||CB3 0ES||01223 337621|
|North East||Wear Referrals||Yes||Bradbury, Stockton-on-Tees||TS21 2ES||01388 777 770|
|North West||Chester Gates Veterinary Specialists||Yes||Chester, Cheshire||CH1 6LT||01244 853823|
|Nantwich Veterinary Hospital||No||Nantwich, Cheshire||CW5 5SF||01270 610322|
|Northwest MRI & CT||No||Wigan, Greater Manchester||WN3 4EL||01942 242001|
|Northwest Veterinary Specialists||No||Sutton Weaver, Cheshire||WA7 3FW||01928 711400|
|University of Liverpool||No||Neston, Cheshire||CH64 7TE||0151 795 6100|
|Northern Ireland||Cedar Grove Vet Clinic||Yes||Castlereagh, Belfast||BT6 9QB||028 9079 8457|
|Scotland||The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies Hospital||Yes||Midlothian||EH25 9RG||0131 650 7650|
|University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital||Yes||Glasgow||G61 1QH||0141 330 5848|
|South East||Fitzpatrick Referrals||No||Eashing, Surrey||GU7 2QQ||01483 423 761|
|Lumbry Park||Yes||Alton, Hampshire||GU34 3HL||01420 481777|
|Nine Mile Veterinary Group||No||Wokingham, Berkshire||RG40 4JD||0118 973 3466|
|South East||Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists||Yes||Ringwood, Hampshire||BH24 3JW||01425 485615|
|South West||Bath Vet Group||No||Bath, Somerset||BA2 5RL||01225 832521|
|Bath Veterinary Referrals||Yes||Bath, Somerset||BA2 5RL||01225 832521|
|CityVets - Heavitree||No||Exeter, Devon||EX1 2QJ||01392 250066|
|Langford Vets||Yes||Langford, Bristol||BS40 5DU||01173 940513|
|Langford Vets, Univerity of Bristol||No||Bristol||BS40 5DU||0117 394 0513|
|Rowe Referrals||Yes||Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire||GL12 7PP||01454 521000|
|Vale Referrals||No||Dursley, Gloucestershire||GL11 6AJ||01453 547934|
|West Midlands||Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service||No||Solihull||B90 4NH||0121 712 7070|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||Beechwood Vet||No||Doncaster, South Yorkshire||DN4 7AA||01302 534999|
|Bishopton Vets||No||Ripon, North Yorkshire||HG4 2QR||01765 602396|
|Kingston Veterinary Hospital||Yes||Hull, East Yorkshire||HU3 2JF||01482 223688|
|Torrington Vets||No||Brighouse, West Yorkshire||HD6 1NQ||01484 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
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- Tyne & Wear
- West Midlands
- West Yorkshire
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.