How do I select my veterinarian and specialist?
Choose a veterinarian who is calm, compassionate and willing to explain all the procedures your pet undergoes. Try to find a vet with whom both you and your pet feel comfortable. Try to have it convenient, choose a clinic with qualified staff and facilities to undertake advanced surgical and medical procedures.
Your animal is part of your family and relies on you to help with all their health conditions, from routine vaccinations and check-ups to more serious conditions such as cancer, heart defects, and neurological problems. Just as your own family physician refers you to a specialist to diagnose and treat these conditions, your family veterinarian may recognize a problem in your animal and refer you to our Veterinary Specialty Hospital. With the compassion and care of your veterinarian, technician, and specialist, we hope to achieve life-saving management of your pet’s condition.
In your search for a veterinary facility, we believe you should expect high quality care, as well as, great service. Our goal has been to assemble a veterinary health care team committed to providing exceptional client service and veterinary health care. Our commitment to you is to continue to offer this service and our state-of-the-art veterinary facility.
What is a Veterinary Specialist?
How are they different from my family veterinarian?
Usually, veterinarians enter private practice after completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school. Veterinary Specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they also have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 4-6 years of training). Prior to becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Specialists must pass rigorous examination procedures.
Board-Certified Specialists bring a greater understanding in the area of surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and neurology, and have knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in small animals. In addition, specialists may have diagnostic equipment not generally used by your family veterinarian.
When should you seek an opinion from a Veterinary Specialist?
♦ Your animal’s disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
♦ You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your animal’s condition.
♦ The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected
♦ Your animal requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
♦ Your animal can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a specialty hospital.