About Memphis Veterinary Hospital
MedVet Memphis, founded in 1997, is a specialty veterinary hospital providing advanced diagnostics, state-of-the-art treatment, and compassionate care to small animal patients from throughout the Mid-South and surrounding region.
What is a veterinary specialist?
A veterinary specialist is someone who completes 3-4 years of additional training, usually in the form of an internship and residency programs, after graduating from veterinary school. Following the advanced training, credentials must be submitted to the specific group in question, i.e. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS), etc. After preliminary criteria have been met, the individual must pass a multi-day examination. Once the individual passes the examination, they become a member of that group and are considered to be board certified.
When should I see a specialist?
Usually, your veterinarian will make a recommendation to see a specialist. However, you can also request to see a specialist if you have concerns regarding your pet’s health. We at Memphis Veterinary Hospital encourage you to discuss your options with your family veterinarian.
In general, specialists see cases requiring advanced training, expertise, skill or equipment for diagnosis and to perform the most up-to-date surgical or medical treatments. Orthopedic surgery; complicated abdominal, thoracic or cancer surgery; ultrasound; chemotherapy; endoscopy and MRI/CT scans are a few examples.