What is a veterinary specialist?
Just like you would go to a specialist for certain conditions:
The ENT for an ear infection.
The cardiologist for heart arrhythmias.
The urologist for problems urinating.
The dermatologist for a skin problem.
The orthopedic surgeon for a bone fracture.
To name a few...
Animals can also see a specialist for certain conditions:
The cardiologist for a heart murmur.
The internist for chronic UTIs or incontinence.
The surgeon for a torn ACL.
The dermatologist for chronic itchy skin.
The oncologist for treatment of a cancerous tumor.
To name a few...
There are many human specialities that veterinary medicine models after. There are 41 veterinary specialities recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). To become a specialist, most veterinarians will complete between 1-3 internships after 4 years of veterinary school, and then a 2-4 year residency program. During this time, there are strict requirements set forth by the specialty “college” including training, research and rigorous examinations. Once these requirements are met, the veterinarian carries the title “Diplomat” to that specialty college.
The most important thing to remember is specialists in no way replace your primary veterinarian. And if you think about it, your veterinarian has to know something about every specialty; rather than a specialist can focus everything on one specialty. Neither one can stand alone. Specialists often have access to diagnostic tools and the training to perform procedures. As a specialist, the goal is to worth together with your veterinarian to provide the best quality of medicine and make your pet feel as good as we can.
Please click the link below to read more about the veterinary specialties.