Big News at Capital District!

Written on March 25, 2016 by Staff Veterinarian

In December 2015 we extended hours to include 24 hours, 365 days a year and added a board certified criticalist to our team. IMG_2500We are now pleased to announce the addition of  board certified surgeons! Our surgery team is available four days per week, please call to schedule an appointment for surgery or an evaluation. Specialized surgeries that we will now perform include:

  •     Abdominal Surgery
  •     Brachycephalic Syndrome Correction Surgery
  •     Cardiothoracic Surgery
  •     General Surgery
  •     Laryngeal Paralysis Surgery
  •     Lateral Suture and other orthopedic surgeries
  •     Oncologic Surgery
  •     Skin and Reconstructive Surgery
  •     Soft Tissue Surgery
  •     Urogenital Surgery
  • and more!

If you have questions about surgery, give us a call at 518.785.1094.

Are Veterinarians and Board Certified Specialists the same?

While both are veterinarians, a board certified specialist has undergone additional years of veterinary school and training to focus their area of expertise in one (or more) specific area(s) of veterinary medicine. In order to obtain the title of board certified specialist and receive board certification, individuals must complete all of the following steps in the chosen field of specialty study. A veterinarian is an individual with DVM or VMD after their name, who has completed the following educational requirements:

  • Receive an undergraduate degree.
  • Complete four years of veterinary school.
  • Pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) in order to achieve licensing.
  • Pass the licensing exam for the state in which they wish to practice.

A board certified specialist is an individual with a DVM/VMD and the letters DACV… plus the initials of the area of their study, following their name. To receive board certification they must complete all of the following educational requirements:

  • Receive an undergraduate degree.
  • Complete four years of veterinary school.
  • Receive advanced training during a one-year internship program.
  • Participate in a three-year residency program completing specific training and caseload requirements under the supervision of other board-certified individuals.
  • Conduct research and publish in scientific journals.
  • Following this training, candidates must submit a credentials application then pass a rigorous examination evaluating knowledge and training in the specific area of specialization.
  • Once all credentials have been met, and the individual passes the exam, the status of board-certified specialist is granted.

Our goal is to continue to advance our medical standards by adding specialties to our already established emergency and critical care services. The addition of a board certified surgery department at our hospital allows us to advance the care we offer to your pets.

More information about our new surgeons here!

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