A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).
During the residency, there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.
Specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon.”
Your Pet’s Healthcare Team
All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their veterinary practice. However, difficult cases may be best managed by a specialist. Board-certified surgeons work closely with the owner and the primary veterinarian before and after surgery, creating a team approach to ensure continuity of care for your pet.
Most ACVS Diplomates work at large hospitals or referral centers; therefore, in addition to having advanced surgical training, they also have access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and support staff that may not be available to your primary veterinarian.
Following surgery and any postoperative follow-up care, the primary veterinarian resumes ongoing care of the animal.
Veterinary surgeons are dedicated to providing the very best in surgical care. They also act as a resource for your primary veterinarian by providing consultations on difficult or unusual cases. With their advanced training, these specialists offer the expertise that ensures the best possible outcome for the animal and animal owner.
Please visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for more information at https://www.acvs.org/.
The American Board of Veterinary Specialists recognizes the following specialties:
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Theriogenology (Reproduction)
- Preventative Medicine
VSCP has been providing expert and advanced surgical care since 2000. We are the oldest privately owned surgical referral practice in Portland. Our board-certified surgeons are equipped with the latest technology and supported by an experienced and highly trained specialty staff. Our team will work with you and your veterinarian to restore your pet’s health and quality of life.