What is a Veterinary Specialist?
A specialist is a doctor that has completed advanced clinical education and training and has passed competency or certifying examinations. For veterinarians, the only recognized certifying agency is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). There are multiple specialty colleges under the auspices of the AVMA, such as neurology, internal medicine, dermatology, behavior, ophthalmology, surgery, etc… Doctors who have trained in a specialty college and have passed the college’s certification exam are referred to as “board-certified” within their specialty.
Your primary care veterinarian coordinates your pet’s general health care and can help you choose the right type of specialist for a given problem.