What is a Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist or Critical Care Specialist?
Just as your own primary care doctor might send you to a specialist to address an unusual or difficult problem, your family veterinarian may feel your pet requires a specialist to diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Veterinary internal medicine specialists and critical care specialists have several years of advanced training in internal medicine and critical care beyond veterinary college. Board certified internal medicine specialists and critical care specialists have achieved the highest level of specialization in veterinary medicine that is possible. Veterinary internal medicine specialists and critical care specialists have done both an internship and residency and have met certain criteria established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) or the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). They then become Diplomates of the ACVIM or ACVECC and can advertise themselves as boarded specialists.
Our board certified internal medicine specialists and critical care specialist have advanced experience in diseases of the gastrointestinal, urogenital, endocrine and hematologic systems, as well as providing care for patients requiring emergency and intensive critical care. Their expertise includes, but is not limited to abdominal ultrasound, bronchoscopy, endoscopy, laparoscopy, rhinoscopy and advanced hospital care. These services are all available here at the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, Internal Medicine and Daytime Emergency department.
We work closely with your family veterinarian to help provide complete veterinary care for your pet by giving second opinions on difficult cases, providing specialized hospitalization for critically ill patients and performing complex diagnostic procedures.