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When it is a board-certified veterinary surgeon

What Does “Board-Certified” Mean and Why Does It Matter?

“Board-certified” is a distinctive credential that means that following veterinary school, a veterinarian has chosen to continue their education through extensive training and rigorous examinations in a particular field of study, such as surgery. Here at Animal Surgical and Orthopedic Center (ASOC), all of our doctors are board-certified veterinary surgeons.

This additional training includes at a minimum, a 12-month internship, followed by three years in a focused residency program that meets the stringent guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Upon successful completion of all requirements, the doctor is awarded ‘Diplomate’ status. A Diplomate of the ACVS has credentials denoted as DACVS and can now be referred to as a “board-certified surgeon” or simply, a “surgeon.” Other specialties, such as Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Dentistry, Radiology, etc., have a similar process to earn a Diplomate status. In fact, there are 41 distinct specialties in the field!

When should I consider a using board-certified veterinary surgeon?

All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their practice, including routine procedures such as neuter and spay. For illnesses or injuries that often involve complex and advanced surgical procedures, many primary care veterinarians will refer pets to a board-certified veterinary surgeon.

At ASOC, we are entirely focused on surgery and rehabilitation, which together can help expedite a pet’s recovery process. In addition to our experienced team, we have state-of-the-art equipment and compassionate technicians who are trained in anesthesia protocols, pain management, and the proper care of surgical patients.

What types of surgeries are performed at ASOC?

We offer a full range of sophisticated orthopedic procedures, including:

Physical rehabilitation after surgery

In addition to surgeons, we also have an incredible team of certified veterinary rehabilitation therapists through our partner clinic SOUND Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. The highly credentialed, experienced, and compassionate team at SOUND is committed to helping your pet enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Our rehab specialists have completed extensive and additional training through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

The Canine Rehabilitation Institute offers two types of certifications:

  • CCRT – Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist for veterinarians and physical therapists
  • CCRA – Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant for veterinary technicians

Postoperative physical rehabilitation can speed your pet’s recovery and lead to better surgical outcomes because it can help pets recover a full range of motion, enhance and expedite healing, and reduce inflammation. Additionally, research has shown that dogs are twice as likely to have an optimal outcome following cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery when enrolled in a formal rehabilitation program compared to home exercises alone. Other surgeries also benefit from rehabilitation by targeting muscle strengthening and tissue healing. Read more about rehabilitation therapy for post-surgery here.

More questions about veterinary surgery?

Healthy and Happy pet after surgery

If your pet requires advanced surgery, speak with your primary care veterinarian about a referral to ASOC. For additional questions or to schedule a consult, please call (206) 545-4322.


Posted August 21, 2019 by ASCS in ASOC News with No Comments and tagged as , , ,

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