What is a Veterinary Specialist?

A board certified veterinary specialist is a veterinarian with advanced training in a specific discipline within veterinary medicine. His or her knowledge and skills in this area have been evaluated and recognized by a specialty organization accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Specialists are recognized as Diplomates of their specialty college.

General practitioners recognize the need for specialization and refer clients for a second opinion on difficult and unusual cases. Animals are also referred when the veterinarian realizes the diagnosis and/or treatment requires instrumentation and experience that is not generally available.

Referring Veterinarian

The best care for your pet is provided by mutual communication between your veterinarian and the specialist. Medical history, current therapies, and any other helpful information will be requested. A complete report will be sent to your veterinarian regarding your visit with us.

Our dermatologists will work together with your primary care veterinarian to provide the highest level of care for your pet. Remember, the act of referring exemplifies your veterinarian’s concern for your pet’s well-being and overall health.