Whether you have decided to seek out a board-certified veterinary specialist on your own or your primary care veterinarian has referred you to one, think of your visit to a veterinary specialist as an extension of your family veterinarian. Together, your primary care veterinarian, the board-certified veterinary specialist, and you as the animal owner will communicate and work together to make up the ideal triad of care for your animal.
Board-certified veterinary specialists have specific education and hands-on experience with more complicated diseases and treatments over and above that of most general practice veterinarians. In addition, a veterinary specialist may have diagnostic equipment not generally used by your primary care veterinarian. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after your visit to a board-certified veterinary specialist.