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Veterinary specialists are a valuable resource in treating your pet they serve as an extension of your family veterinarian’s practice–, a partnership that ensures you receive the best veterinary care possible.

What is a veterinary specialist?

WestVet specialists collaborate with your family veterinarian to provide advanced medicine for pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes more than 20 specialties such as dermatology, ophthalmology, surgery, internal medicine, radiology, pathology, oncology, cardiology, and dentistry. WestVet is pleased to offer families the services of veterinary specialty medicine.

Occasionally — just as with human medicine — your family veterinarian may suggest a referral to a specialist. Your family veterinarian and WestVet specialists will work as a team to treat your beloved pet and provide you the essential information on diagnosis and treatment options.

WestVet is committed to providing the highest level of veterinary care available in the industry. Our hospital houses state-of-the-art technology such as digital x-ray; spiral CT; MRI; high-speed fluoroscopy; endoscopy; laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, and arthroscopic surgery equipment; standard ultrasound; cardiac ultrasound; telemetry and continuous ECG.

WestVet Veterinary Specialty Medicine

Education and Certification Requirements

The commitment to become a veterinary specialist mirrors the route that human doctors must follow. First, and undergraduate degree and successful completion of veterinary school. After meeting licensure requirements, a specialist completes 3 to 5 years of additional training in the chosen specialty. Additionally, specialists conduct clinical research, publish research in a peer-reviewed journal, and pass board examinations in the area of specialty and a credential review.

The letters following a specialists’ name indicate the specialty college. For example, “DACVS” stands for Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons. It is listed after the name of a board certified veterinary surgeon who has met all of the requirements.


When specialized expertise is required, your family veterinarian may refer you to a specialist to provide the level of medicine your pet needs. Your family veterinarian remains your pets source for routine and preventative care.

Please speak with your family veterinarian about referrals to a veterinary specialist for your pet.

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