Specialist Services Users Manual
provides referral support for veterinary practitioners. We do not directly
provide medical advice to clients without first examining their pet
during a office visit scheduled through their veterinarian. We encourage
clients who desire the services of a specialist to ask their veterinarian
to contact us, or another qualified specialist, in your area.
is important for animal owners to know that their regular veterinarian
is trained in a broad range of medical and surgical skills, similar
to a local doctor in family practice. While most cases are easily handled
by a general practitioner, there are instances where the services of
a specialist may be needed. This is similar to your family doctor referring
a family member to a medical specialist for further diagnostics or treatment.
Specialists have the same training as your regular veterinarian; however,
following graduation they continued training for several years in a
area of specialization, such as anesthesia, internal medicine, or surgery.
This extra Residency experience ensures training in the most current
methods, and an in-depth understanding of their area of specialization.
Consultation with a specialist will often cost more than a visit to
your regular veterinarian, but you will be receiving the best medical
a visit with a specialist, he or she will meet with the client and patient,
perform an examination and diagnostic tests, and recommend treatment.
Usually the specialist will provide immediate treatment and return primary
care of the patient to the referring veterinarian. However, some patients
will require continued treatment by a specialist and my return for many
appointments before the problem is satisfactorily resolved.
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