A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and has passed examinations that evaluate their knowledge and skills in that specialty area. Currently, there are 22 AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organizations comprising 41 distinct specialties.
The specialist’s expertise complements that of your veterinarian. You may be referred to a veterinary specialist if diagnosing or treating your pet’s health problem requires specialized equipment and/or expertise that your veterinarian does not have.
It’s critical that you, your veterinarian, and the veterinary specialist communicate and work together to provide the best care for your pet.