Veterinarians are pretty amazing when you think about it. Not only do they work on multiple species, but they do so many things that your family doctor would send you to a specialist for. Your pet’s veterinarian often has to function as a pediatrician, surgeon, internal medicine specialist, dentist, reproductive expert, emergency room doctor, oncologist, and much more.
No one person can know everything, however, which is why some veterinarians choose to specialize. This way, they can concentrate their efforts on one specific area of veterinary medicine and be the best possible at that aspect of medicine.
Animal Medical & Surgical Center staffs a board certified veterinary surgeon, who is happy to help our pet patients with their more advanced surgical needs.
What is Board Certification?
To become a veterinarian, a person must complete a four year undergraduate degree before advancing to a four-year degree at an accredited veterinary school. This is a long road in and of itself.
Veterinarians who choose to specialize, however, must continue their training. Veterinary surgeons complete another one year of internship and then must be accepted into a three year residency training program in order to gain extensive experience in the field of surgery, including research.
After a veterinarian completes his or her surgical residency, they must then pass a board certification examination in order to earn the title of Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon. The American College of Veterinary Surgery oversees this process, ensuring that boarded veterinary surgeons are of the highest caliber.
When a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon is Best
Any licensed veterinarian can perform surgery on pets, and many of them are quite capable of the task. Not every surgery needs to be performed by a board certified veterinary surgeon; however, there are certainly instances when a specialist is best. These include:
When a surgery is not routine – Sometimes routine surgeries have complicating factors, or needed surgeries are not commonly performed. In these instances the extensive training and expertise of a board certified veterinary surgeon is often necessary.
For more advanced procedures – Some surgical procedures require advanced training, experience, and/or monitoring. These are often best performed by a boarded surgeon.
When special equipment is required – Certain procedures may require special or expensive equipment that is more likely to be available at a specialty hospital
When your regular veterinarian has recommended referral – When a pet’s surgical needs beyond the scope of a general practice veterinarian, referral may be recommended. Most veterinarians are comfortable knowing which surgeries they are capable of performing and which will have a better outcome in a specialty setting.
Board certified veterinary surgeons such as Dr. Fischer have extensive training, experience with even less common procedures, and the resources available to most effectively care for your pet. They also are generally more up to date with cutting edge research and options for your pet.
Sometimes when pets need surgery, a board certified veterinary surgeon is your best option. We are lucky enough to have a board certified veterinary surgeon on staff for whatever your pet may need, even if he or she needs specialty care.