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What is a Veterinary Specialist?

Veterinary specialists can bring a greater understanding and have may have knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare diseases or clinical situations in dogs and cats. Veterinary specialists often have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have in their practice.

In addition to an undergraduate degree and four years of veterinary studies, a veterinary specialist, similar to their human medical counterparts, must complete a one year internship followed by a three to four year residency in their specialized field. Not only has a veterinary specialist completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine, but they must pass a rigorous set of examinations to achieve board certification from their respective specialty college.

Why does my pet need a veterinary specialist?

The specialist’s expertise complements that of your family veterinarian. It’s critical that you, your veterinarian and we as specialists communicate and work together to provide the best care for your pet. We as veterinary specialists act as extensions of your family veterinarian practice by allowing them to increase the scope of medical options they can offer to clients and patients.

Our specialists represent a broad cross section of veterinary specialties (both medical and surgical) which enables them to diagnose and treat a wide variety of small animal diseases. They enjoy working together in a collegial atmosphere to best serve you and your pet. With multiple specialists in the same building it enables them to consult with one another and draw from a wealth of expertise and experience to select the most appropriate case management strategy. They, and their whole staff, are committed to recognizing and integrating the human-animal bond in their management of your pet’s health concerns.