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Referral Patients

We are currently staffed with three doctors that see patients on a referral basis. Dr. Mauck has decades of experience in small animal surgery. These surgeries ranged from spays and neuters, to complicated orthopedic and soft tissue procedures. Dr. Burns is our Board Certified Small Animal Surgeon (DACVS-SA), and Dr. Brash is our Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (DACVO).

What is a Specialist?

Similar to human medicine, the veterinary profession has become multi-tiered. Most veterinarians are known as general practitioners. A general practitioner is comparable to your family doctor. As you know, there are times when a family doctor refers you to a specialist for more specific needs. The same happens in veterinary medicine. There are many different disciplines that veterinarians can specialize in including surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, pathology, dermatology, cardiology and oncology. There may be occasions when your pet develops a problem or injury requiring further advanced care and procedures, and your primary veterinarian may suggest a referral to a specialist. Your primary veterinarian and our specialists work together with you to provide the most comprehensive care for your pet.

Advanced Training

A veterinary specialist has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the appropriate AVMA approved organization that represents that specialty. For example American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) or American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). 

Each specialty has specific training and caseload requirements that must be met during their residency. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Once that is complete, the veterinary specialists are referred to as “Diplomate of" the college in which their specialty is associated with, or “board-certified.” The following are examples:

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or Board-Certified Surgeon

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology or Board-Certified Ophthalmologist