For most pets, their family veterinarian is the only doctor they will ever need. But, some pets with serious illnesses or unique injuries may need the expertise of a veterinary specialist. Sleuth, the VNN Reporter Dog, found out these special facts about specialists!
1) Veterinary specialists have focused their interest and skills into specific areas of concentration. More than 25 veterinary specialties are recognized and there are more than 8,000 specialists practicing.
2) Some specialties include internal medicine and surgery, but dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology and several more are available for pets and their owners.
3) From undergraduate work through residency training, most specialists will spend more than twelve years in schooling.
4) After schooling, a potential specialist must then undergo a rigorous testing process known as the “board examination”. 40-70% of residents taking their “boards” fail on the first attempt.
5) Specialists are becoming increasingly more common in most major metropolitan areas, bringing unique services as well as rare diagnostics and treatments to help pets.
6) Your family veterinarian will always be there to help you and your pets, but it is a comfort knowing your veterinarian has access to the high tech medicine and knowledge of the specialist!
7) Be sure to bookmark www.MyVNN.com as your best resource for accurate and up-to-date pet health information.