Working With a Veterinary Specialist
By: Dr. Amanda Landis-Hanna
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I am incredibly lucky to work with many talented veterinarians. Many of them are general practioners, meaning they see essentially all cases. Whatever walks in, they find a way to help. These may be wellness cases (such as vaccines) or sick cases. In some cases a patient is very ill, or may have a more complicated disease. In these cases, a specialist may be called in.
A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has had special training in a particular body system or group. Specialists complete advanced training, to master their preferred specialty, including an internship and a residency. (You may meet Interns or Residents when working with a specialist.)
Some specialties include:
- Internal Medicine
If your veterinarian recommends you speak with a specialist, it is NOT bad news. A veterinary specialist can help you evaluate all your options for treatment. For some general practices, it can be very difficult to keep all the latest equipment and drugs on hand. By working with a specialist, a patient may have access to treatments that would not otherwise be available.
In some areas, many specialists may be close by. In other areas, specialists may be several hours away. Depending on the kind of specialist your pet may need to see, your pet may need to stay a few hours or a few days to receive all the necessary treatments. The specialty team will work with you, and your primary care veterinarian, to ensure your pet gets the best care possible.
Often, you may have follow up care performed by both your general practioner and the specialist. The specialty team will work closely with your veterinarian to ensure everyone has the latest information. For instance, your veterinarian may collect bloodwork, and share the results with the specialists. You can also share all Voyce Pro data with all the veterinarians involved in the care of your pet. Voyce has medical record storage, to allow everyone access to all records, xrays, and pictures.
When you are working with specialists, you have access to even more veterinarians and veterinary team members to love and help your pet. And with Voyce Pro data, you can share health information with all of these team members, so you can continue to make the best decisions possible.