The 404 is pleased to offer ready access to board-certified surgeons, internal medicine, anesthesiology and dermatology. Like many of you, many present day veterinarians also grew up watching the romanticized version of the country vet who could do it all – James Herriot in “All Creatures Great and Small”. Oh, if it were only that simple now! Mirroring human medicine, the field of veterinary medicine has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, making the “James Herriot” model of veterinary care an increasingly difficult if not impossible one to maintain, particularly if you are looking for cutting edge medicine that rivals what is available to humans.
So what is a “specialist”?
Due to inappropriate use of this term, there is much confusion within the public realm just as to what comprises the term “specialist” when used to describe a veterinarian. Please be aware that “special interest in” and “certificates” do not equate to the depth of training required by board specialty programs within the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA – the governing body which sets the standards for all veterinary specialties). Boarded specialists (indicated by the term “Diplomate or “Dip”) have had structured 3-year residencies in their area of specialty AFTER obtaining their general veterinary degree (DVM), and must pass rigorous standardized examinations and publish research in peer-reviewed journals prior to being awarded their Diplomate status. Residencies are so highly sought after, that just to be considered for one, veterinarians must spend at least one year, sometimes two years, in internships to increase their likelihood of obtaining a residency.
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