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What is a Veterinary Specialist?

Veterinary specialists are veterinarians who have advanced training in various veterinary medical and surgical disciplines and are Board-certified. To become Board-certified, a veterinarian must have completed, at a minimum, four years of veterinary college, a one year internship or equivalent, and two to three years in a residency program that meets the standards of a recognized specialty college or board. There are additional training and caseload requirements that must be met during the residency and finally, to become an ACVIM Diplomate the veterinarian must pass a series of rigorous examinations.



Understanding The Veterinary Specialties For Animal Owners

Your primary veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary specialist for diagnosis and advanced treatment if your pet is believed to have a medical condition that requires special care. Typically, your referring primary veterinarian will work closely with the veterinary specialist to create a treatment plan that will benefit your pet's specific needs. is a resource for animal owners to search for ACVIM Board-certified veterinary specialists in the five fields that are offered: Cardiology, Large Animal Internal Medicine, Neurology, NutritionOncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine. 


Large Animal Internal Medicine
Small Animal Internal Medicine Mission enables animal owners to find veterinary specialists that have credentials from certifying organizations in the areas of Cardiology, Large Animal Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Oncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine. These specialists, called ACVIM Diplomates, are Board-certified veterinary specialists who have completed undergraduate training, four years of veterinary school, and extensive training in their chosen specialty.



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