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Specialty Services

Does my Pet need a Specialist?

As in human medicine, specialty care is sometimes needed to help make a diagnosis, or to help manage a difficult medical case, or, just to get a "second opinion" with a perplexing problem.

Doctor Olkowski with his dog and cat

Veterinary Specialists have received advanced training in a particular area of expertise, must pass an extensive credentialing review, and pass a rigorous examination process in a particular specialty.

Dr. Olkowski is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) advances the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence in specie-oriented clinical practice.

Different from most other AVMA Specialty Boards which are devoted solely to specific disciplines or organ systems, ABVP Diplomates can deliver superior, comprehensive multi-discipline veterinary service to the public.  The ABVP certifies specie specific practitioners with exceptional knowledge, skill, and competency in the care of the 'total patient'. There are 150 Board-Certified Avian Veterinarians nationally and internationally, and only 3 in the entire State of Virginia!

Your pet may not always need a Specialist, but, it is comforting to know that if needed, we can provide a Specialist's care when your pet needs special attention. Our Veterinary Specialist can assist in those complex medical or surgical conditions that require special diagnostics or treatments. We can schedule you and your pet a consultation appointment with our Specialist by calling our main office at (540) 943-7577. Once a complete diagnostic, and, an individualized therapy plan has been initiated specifically for your pet, many dogs & cats can have follow-up treatments performed at their regular veterinarian's office.

Special procedures, special equipment, and special Intensive Care Units are accessible to our entire health care staff to provide the care needed for your exotic pet mammal, reptile, or bird also. Since exotic pets and birds tend to "hide" their symptoms from their owners until the condition has progressed to a potential life-threatening problem, in most cases you CANNOT "wait and see"  how it progresses without serious complications.

Click here to request a consultation/exam with our Board-Certified Specialist!