COMPANION animal medicine mirrors human medicine in many ways.
Your local veterinarian is a general practitioner, treating all manner of ailments and injuries in a variety of species.
But did you know that, just as in human medicine, veterinarians can specialise?
Specialists undertake extensive further study, including a residency, as well as publications and sitting examinations.
They have in-depth knowledge about a particular area, such as dermatology, neurology, oncology or ophthalmology, and may perform some procedures not performed by regular vets.
For example, while your veterinarian may perform general surgical procedures, such as desexing or lump removals, specialist surgeons perform advanced procedures, such as spinal surgery or hip replacements.
Your regular veterinarian will treat a range of eye conditions, but ophthalmologists can perform advanced procedures, such as removal of cataracts.
Your pet will usually need a referral to consult a veterinary specialist.
If you are referred to a specialist, your veterinarian will stay in contact with them, receiving reports about any tests and treatments. Your regular vet may also perform follow-up tests. Read her blog: smallanimaltalk.com