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What is a Board-Certified Equine Surgeon?
Like most health care fields, the animal health care profession has become multi-specialized. Veterinarians now specialize in various disciplines...
If your horse develops a disease or injury requiring advanced care and procedures, your primary veterinarian may refer you to a veterinary surgeon. Western Veterinary Hospital is home to Dr. Bueno, MV, MS, DACVS and he has been our staff surgeon since WVH opened its doors.
Just as humans are treated by specialists for a variety of medical reasons, animals should be treated by veterinary specialists when advanced care is necessary. Surgery often warrants that care. ACVS Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeons can provide that care.
Advanced Training for Veterinary Surgeons
This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program. that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination. Specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board certified surgeon.”
Teamwork: Primary Care Vets working with Boarded Surgeons
All veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their veterinary practice. However, difficult cases may be best managed by a specialist. Board certified surgeons work closely with the owner and the primary veterinarian before and after surgery in a team approach to ensure continuity of care for your animal. Following surgery and any postoperative follow-up care, the primary veterinarian resumes ongoing care of the animal.