Specialist status in the veterinary profession
Most general practitioners have to see a very wide range of diseases and species in their general work, making it impossible to keep up to date in all areas of expertise. A good referral therefore allows your pet access to treatment from a clinician specialising full-time in one particular area and who is more experienced and knowledgeable in their subject than your usual vet. They will also have access to specialist facilities not generally available in first-opinion practice. This is much like your own GP referring you to a hospital consultant.
There are no guidelines in the veterinary profession as to who can accept referrals. Any vet can potentially offer a referral service, and even call themselves a specialist, regardless of their level of knowledge/experience or the facilities available to them. At Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists your pet will be under the care of a clinician who has undergone at least three years of full-time specialist training in their field. In addition, many of our clinicians are 'RCVS/European/American Specialists'. Veterinary Surgeons with this Specialist status possess knowledge in their field to a much higher level than general practitioners or Certificate holders. Many of our clinicians are 'RCVS Specialists' -the highest level of veterinary specialisation in the UK, awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
It takes years of specialist training to become a European or RCVS Recognised Specialist. To view the RCVS definition of a Recognised Specialist, click here, and for the definition of a European Specialist in Veterinary Surgery, click here.
For a guide to the different types of referral possible and the benefits of a true Specialist referral click here to check out a November 2011 article published in 'Your Dog', Britain's best selling monthly dog magazine (www.yourdog.co.uk).
A multi-disciplinary Specialist centre has the benefits of a wide range of expertise all together under one roof.