When your pet has a major medical problem, or needs bone surgery, knee surgery, cardiac surgery, or cancer therapy we will recommend that you take your pet to a veterinary specialist.
And we're delighted to give you a referral at any time, for any case should you simply want a second opinion or want to take your case up to the next level of care.
The veterinary care available at Upstate Veterinary Specialists (Greenville) and also at the Veterinary College (Athens, Georgia) is awesome.
If you'll read the column to your left you will see that to be certified as a specialist in veterinary medicine, you'll see that in addition to regular college and 4 years of veterinary college, specialists also spend several years in very competitive post grad residency programs to earn their stripes.
They are so knowledgeable and experienced in their specialty, you might suspect that these people must be arrogant jerks ... but you'd be wrong.
Because they are animal loving veterinarians first, you'll usually find these highly skilled people very likable.
Think of veterinary specialists as complimenting your local veterinary services and as a great resource should you need it.
The referral process operates most smoothly when the specialist, general practitioner, and client work as an integrated team. This teamwork is critical to providing optimal patient care and maximizing the chances of a good outcome.
The cost of such care is a tiny fraction of the cost of identical care for humans. But even so, major veterinary procedures typically cost $1-5 thousand dollars so be prepared.
The Referral Process is very simple:
1. Either we will recommend referral because the problem is something we can't handle well or can't figure out ... or you simply request referral
2. Our office phones the specialist of your choice to request their help and we fax over a copy of the records
3. You phone the specialist to make an appointment and go. If radiographs are involved, we're digital and can give you a copy of your pet's radiographs on a CD to take with you.
Upstate Veterinary Specialists
of Greenville, SC
(Recently awarded Best Specialty Practice in North America !)
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Just letting you know that there are excellent veterinary specialists within an hour's drive if your pet needs special care.
A veterinary specialist is generally recognized to be a graduate veterinarian who has completed an additional lengthy course (typically 3 years) of advanced training in a given discipline such as surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, Cancer, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and many more.
To become "board certified" they will have to pass rigorous residencies, become expert in specialized equipment and skills, and pass both written tests and the approval of their mentors.
Most commonly, the veterinarian will have studied in a residency program offered by a veterinary teaching hospital, institution, or laboratory, with supervision by recognized specialists in the field.
In the United States, where veterinary medicine is perhaps most specialized, specialists are organized into Colleges or Boards, where members have earned Diplomate status through training and testing.
Many of these specialists have Masters and PhD degrees in their specialty in addition to their DVM degree and Board Certification.