Advanced Veterinary Services
What are these services and who should offer them?
To name a few of these services:
- Ultrasound and echocardiogram imaging
- MRI and CT scans
- Endoscopic examination of the digestive tract
- Allergy testing
- Cancer treatment (chemotherapy)
- Orthopedic surgery
- Root canal and periodontal treatment
Who should perform these services?
Some general family veterinary practices have chosen to start offering these advanced services themselves.
We believe these advanced services are best left to board certified veterinary specialists. They have had post-graduate training and have gained knowledge in performing these procedures that veterinarians in general practice do not have. This extra training and the fact that they perform more of these procedures than general pratice veterinarians does give them an advantage over those doctors. This experience is important when it comes to interpreting the results of these services correctly.
In human medicine if you need one of these procedures (echocardiogram, chemotherapy, root canal, etc.) you would go to a specialist and not your general family physician. The same should be true in veterinary medicine.
The board certified specialist in veterinary medicine, like their counter part in human medicine has the experience to perform and interpret these tests better than your general family veterinarian.
The healthcare team at MAH feels teaming up with a board certified veterinary specialist to help with selected diagnostic workups and patient care is in the best interest of the patient.
With their help a challenging diagnosis can be made easier and with greater accuracy.
When our own pets need advanced veterinary services we choose a board certified veterinary specialist for their care and believe you should be offered the same for your pet.