Violet Crown

What is a Veterinary Specialist

When your pet is injured or ill, your regular veterinarian may recommend that you consult with a Veterinary Specialist. Board certified veterinary specialists play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that require advanced knowledge and experience to yield the best outcome.

What’s the difference between a Veterinary Specialist and my veterinarian?

Similar to human medicine, a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist is a veterinarian that has completed three to four years of additional training in a specific field of interest. A veterinary Specialist is also required to complete an internship, residency, and pass a comprehensive examination to ensure they are qualified to practice medicine within their chosen specialty. The US recognizes 41 different veterinary specialties. Violet Crown is excited to offer the following specialties at our facility in Bee Cave, Texas:

Small Animal Surgeon

A Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon provides care to pets in need of advanced surgical skills, such as orthopedic surgery, abdominal surgery, or laparoscopic surgery. This includes procedures such as fracture repair, foreign body retrieval, and hernia repair.

Surgical Oncology Fellow

Surgical Oncologists work closely with Medical Oncologists to manage cancer in pets that have tumors that require removal or resection. They have advanced surgical skills that allow them to remove as much of the tumor as possible without further compromising the health of the pet. There are only 62 Veterinary Surgical Oncologists in the entire United States, and only two in the state of Texas.

Criticalist 

Emergency and Critical Care Specialists are veterinarians with extensive knowledge in the treatment of pet emergencies that require immediate life-saving intervention, like acute trauma (hit by car), shock, heat stroke, and toxicities. They are masterful in their ability to quickly evaluate and manage life threatening illness and injury.

Oncologist

Board Certified Veterinary Oncologists specialize in the management of tumors and neoplastic processes (cancer). They are responsible for determining the stage of cancer, creating a treatment plan, and employing the use of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy to treat cancer in pets.

Internist

Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists are charged with the diagnosis and treatment of advanced disease processes and chronic illnesses. Their scope encompasses the following body systems: endocrine, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, hepatic (liver), kidney, reproductive and genitourinary, hematologic (blood). They also manage complex diseases that may be treatment resistant, such as diabetes.

Why should I consult a Veterinary Specialist?

If your pet is injured or ill and requires advanced care, diagnostic testing, or procedures that involve specialized skills, equipment, and knowledge beyond what your veterinarian is capable of providing, they will refer you to a Veterinary Specialist to ensure that your pet stands the best chance of a successful recovery. Veterinary Specialists collaborate with your regular  veterinarian at, during, and after the referral process to provide continuity of care, increasing your pet’s likelihood of success.

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        Internal Medicine Specialist

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        Board Certified Criticalist

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