Veterinary specialists are board-certified veterinarians who have focused their practice on a specific area of veterinary medicine including internal medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, toxicology, dentistry, behavior, and pathology, among other disciplines. Veterinary specialists undergo additional extensive training post veterinary school, acquire clinical experience in the area of their chosen specialty, publish a clinical case or research findings in journal articles, and pass a credential review and specialty board examinations.

At VETMED, our veterinarians are dedicated to their profession and continue their education at the highest level. The team of talented veterinarians also works collaboratively with the other specialists on cases at VETMED, as well as with referring primary care veterinarians.

Veterinary Specialties

The American Board of Veterinary Specialties and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognize the following veterinary specialties:

  • Anesthesia: Specialization in maximizing comfort and minimizing pain during surgery or treatment
  • Animal Welfare: Specialization in animal welfare
  • Behavior: Study of animal behavior
  • Dentistry: Specialized training in performing procedures on animals’ teeth
  • Dermatology: Specialized training in diseases and skin conditions
  • Emergency and Critical Care: Specialized training in seriously ill or injured patients and provision of intensive care treatment
  • Internal Medicine: Specialized training in cardiology (heart and circulatory system), neurology (brain, spinal cord and other parts of the nervous system), and oncology (tumors and cancer)
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine: Specialized research or practice that manages the welfare of laboratory animal species (rabbits, rats, mice, etc.)
  • Microbiology: Study of viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.
  • Nutrition: Specialization in ensuring animals’ diet meets their nutritional needs
  • Ophthalmology: Study of diseases and conditions of the eye
  • Pathology: Study of disease in animals
  • Pharmacology: Study of how medications/drugs affect animals
  • Poultry Veterinarians: Specialization in chickens, turkeys and/or ducks, usually in food production settings
  • Preventive Medicine: Specialization in how diseases are spread and how they can be prevented
  • Radiology: Study of x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (often called CAT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other imaging procedures
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation: Specialization in returning animals to normal function after injury, lameness, illness or surgery
  • Surgery: Specialization in performing surgery in either Orthopedics (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, etc.) or Soft Tissue Surgery (the internal organs and non-bone tissues)
  • Theriogenology: Specialization in animal reproduction
  • Toxicology: Study of the effects of poisons and other toxic products on the body and treatment
  • Veterinary Practitioners: Specialization in certain animal species including:
    • Avian Practice (birds)
    • Equine Practice (horses)
    • Beef Cattle Practice (cattle raised for meat)
    • Feline Practice (cats)
    • Canine/Feline Practice (dogs and cats)
    • Exotic Companion Mammal Practice (rodents and small mammals kept as pets)
    • Food Animal Practice (cattle and pigs)
    • Dairy Practice (cows that produce milk)
    • Reptile and Amphibian Practice (snakes, lizards, salamanders, turtles, etc.)
    • Swine Health Management (pigs)
  • Zoological Medicine: Specialization in zoo collection animals, free-living wildlife, aquatic species, and companion zoological animals