What is a Specialist

What is a Specialist

Specialty Services

A top staff of board certified and residency trained specialists. State-of-the-art equipment. Expertise in the latest leading edge treatments. A passion for compassion. And a positive, collaborative approach to working with referring veterinarians. Animal Specialty Group is fully equipped for all types of medical and surgical cases. We have specialists that are board certified in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology, Radiology, Physical Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, and Emergency/Critical Care. By combining the expert skills of our specialists with our advanced equipment, we can resolve the most difficult medical problem.


ASG: A VETERINARY SPECIALTY + EMERGENCY CARE HOSPITAL BROCHURE: ASG Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care Hospital Brochure

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Board Certifications

Board certified status of our doctors in an AVMA-recognized specialty organization is an achievement and an honor of which we are extremely proud. At ASG, our specialists have secured advanced education and training to become board certified by some of the most distinguished veterinary specialty colleges in the country. Each recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these colleges are tasked with providing the most rigorous education and highest training standards that any veterinarian can attain. The following is a lis list of our hospital’s certifications:

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American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine


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American College of Veterinary Surgeons


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Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist


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American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care


What is an Animal Specialist?

We get this a lot, since it is not only in our name, it’s also what makes us who we are. There are different levels of care when it comes to staying healthy. Primary care physicians are trained to evaluate health and provide preventative care. They are well suited to handle a wide range of diseases and injuries.

The same is true for veterinarians. They work diligently to care for the health of our pets, helping us take preventative steps including vaccination, deworming and yearly check-ups. They are equipped to handle a wide array of diseases and illnesses. Your family veterinarian performs many jobs, including taking x-rays, inducing anesthesia and performing surgery. However, as with physicians, some diseases and injuries may require more in-depth or complicated care, and that is when a specialist gets involved.

According to Merriam Webster…

A specialist is defined as “an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning, or who practices one branch of medicine.” In the veterinary world, “specialist” is a little more specific – it refers to someone that has received 3-4 years of extra, highly specific training in that specialty, and has passed the national board exam for that specialty.  “Board-eligible” specialists have received the required training, but have not yet taken the board exam.

Multi-Specialty = Massive Advantage

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In most cases where a specialist is required, patients are referred to a singular specialist in a singular office, only to be referred to another specialist in another discipline in another office, for further consultation.

But not at ASG. Because while many patients referred to ASG also require the input of different specialists, there is a big difference here – all of our specialists are in the same practice, in the same facility, and on the same staff. Consultations with 2, 3 or sometimes even more specialists are commonplace, and they all occur right here, without the need for additional appointments, costs or drive-time between offices.

And while this is much more convenient for pet owners by helping to streamline the process while keeping the cost of specialty healthcare down, it’s the pets who benefit the most – having virtually everything they could possibly need right here, under one collaborative roof.