What is a veterinary specialist?
A board-certified veterinary specialist is a veterinarian with advanced education and training in a specific discipline of veterinary medicine. His or her knowledge and skill in this area is evaluated and recognized by a specialty organization or “college” sanctioned by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Throughout the past 15 years, there has been tremendous growth in the volume of new information and procedures available within the veterinary field. As a result, it is virtually impossible for any one veterinarian to be an expert in every medical discipline. As in human medicine, this reality has led to the development of advanced training programs in specialized areas. If your pet needs advanced care for a particular condition, injury, or illness, your family veterinarian may refer him or her to a veterinary specialist. This is where we come in!
How we work with your family veterinarian
The partnership between a specialty and a family veterinarian is important. Specialists are an extension of your family veterinarian, and we work closely together to provide a comprehensive healthcare plan for your pet. We will always keep your veterinarian informed of your pet’s medical updates and proposed treatment options, so you can feel fully supported and confident in making the best decisions for your pet.