Dog parents want to provide the best for their fur-babies: healthy treats, enriching toys, and all of the love and belly rubs that their pups can handle. Of course, guardians must also provide the best possible medical care. If your companion is experiencing health issues that require surgery, it is crucial that you see the right kind of veterinary professional. Board-certified veterinary surgeons possess unique sets of skills that can make them the best possible professionals to address your companion’s health concerns. If your dog is suffering from a medical condition that requires surgical intervention, seeing a board-certified veterinary surgeon can help you give them the best possible quality of life.
What Does it Mean to be Board-Certified?
Like any other profession that is overseen by a governing body, veterinary surgeons must meet specific requirements to be certified as a specialist in their field by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, or ACVS. These requirements include the typical training for primary care veterinarians (undergraduate study and four years of veterinary school), followed by a year-long internship and an approved 3-year-long residency. Once these requirements are met, candidates undergo an exam. If they meet all of these criteria, a veterinary surgeon can finally be referred to as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, often shortened to DACVS.
Why Should Your Companion See a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?
Aside from the rigorous schooling and extensive experience required to become board-certified, boarded veterinary surgeons typically have the surgical expertise and proficiency that other veterinary professionals may not. While more routine operations like neuters and spays can often be performed by a primary care veterinarian, more involved endeavors such as orthopedic, soft tissue, and oncologic surgeries should be done by a board-certified veterinary surgeon. A boarded surgeon can perform operations that are complex, advanced, or uncommon. Your companion’s surgical team will likely have access to more specialized equipment than your primary care veterinarian, which is crucial when your companion’s health is at stake.
Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health
Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.