WHAT IS A VETERINARY SPECIALIST?
How Are They Different From a Family Veterinarian?
In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, Board Certified Veterinary Specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 3-5 years training). In addition to this extensive training, a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist must pass rigorous examinations to achieve Board Certification from the ACVIM. Specialists bring a greater understanding in the area of internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, or neurology, and have a greater knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in both large and small animals.
Why does my animal need to see a Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
Commonly called Oncologists, these Specialists focus on diagnosing and managing cancer, no matter the location of the tumor.
What should I expect during the visit with the Board Certified Veterinary Oncologist?
The Oncologist will perform a complete and thorough physical examination on your animal, and based on these initial findings, additional tests and treatment options will be discussed. Depending on your animal’s condition, diagnostic testing or management may include:
- Advanced laboratory testing of various blood or tissue samples
- Biopsies and tissue analysis
- Diagnostic Imaging – ultrasound, radiography (x-rays), CT scans, MRIs
- Radiation therapy
**These are statements put forth by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine to further define and explain a board certified veterinary oncologist.
Learn more about the Cancer Veterinary Centers and the veterinary oncology services offered for dogs and cats.