Board Certified Specialists
Why board certified specialists are critical for your pet.
A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has achieved board-certification in their respective field. When one does this, they receive the title of “Diplomate.” After veterinary school, graduates have multiple options. One is to go into general practice which is the most popular option. If one chooses to specialize, they must apply and be accepted to an internship and residency program. The process to become board-certified is rigorous and typically includes an additional 4 years of specialized training. During residency, candidates for board certification must complete a number of credentials including: a research project, teaching of veterinary students, examining, diagnosing and treating patients, publication of a scientific veterinary article in an approved journal, and passing a two multi-day examination. Only when all these credentials have been successfully completed and approved by the governing veterinary specialty college or board can a person then receive the title of “Diplomate” and be considered a specialist in their field.
Often, veterinarians list areas of special interest or “specialty.” This may indicate a varying degree of experience, ranging from a general interest to years of experience. However, it does not equate to Board Certification, which guarantees that the veterinarian has passed a prescribed course of study and training.
Advanced Veterinary Specialty offers Board Certified Specialties in the areas of:
Why Does My Pet Need A Board Certified Veterinary Specialist?
Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to a specialist from time-to-time, your general veterinary practitioner may feel your pet needs a specialist to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. Board certified veterinarians are specially trained and have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment equipment that a general veterinary practitioner may not have. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer your pet for more specialized diagnostics and/or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care.