The VSEC Experience
When Your Pet is Hospitalized at VSEC:
We know hospitalizing your beloved pet can be an intense situation. At VSEC, our goal is to make your pet as comfortable as possible and we always treat them like our own. Our patients are monitored 24 hours a day by our experienced nurses and veterinarians.
We strive to ensure you are constantly updated on your pet’s status and feel comfortable with the care and attention they are receiving at VSEC. While you are welcome to visit at any time if your pet is critically ill, we encourage visits between 10am and 10pm. Please call our hospital and speak with one of our client service representatives, and we will facilitate your visit seamlessly. Our doctors will provide daily updates to you on your pet’s status, however, feel free to call to speak with one of our nurses if you would like to check on your pet. In addition, we will stay in communication with your primary care veterinarian, notifying them when your pet is admitted to the hospital and providing daily updates on your pet’s status.
During your pet’s visit to VSEC, our veterinarians will present their recommended treatment plan and corresponding financial estimate. Any changes to this plan will be discussed with you. If your pet is hospitalized for multiple days, you will receive daily medical and financial updates from our team.
When your pet is hospitalized at VSEC, we ask that you take all personal items such as carriers, leashes, toys and blankets home with you to ensure they are not lost while our staff concentrate on caring for your pet. If you would like to leave a special item to help your pet feel the comforts of home, please be aware that we can’t guarantee that item’s return. We have plenty of fluffy blankets and beds to keep your pet comfortable while in the hospital.
When your pet is ready to go home, we will set up a discharge appointment. During this appointment, a VSEC nurse will give you a thorough update on your pet’s condition and any medications and follow-up care needed. They will answer all of your questions at that time, but you are welcome to call the hospital at any time if you have additional questions. We will also send a copy of your pet’s discharge report and instructions to your primary care veterinarian to aid them in the continuing care of your pet.
What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Specialist?
As in human medicine, some veterinary doctors choose to pursue further education in a specialized area of practice. A board-certified veterinary specialist has completed a 4 year undergraduate degree and 4 years of veterinary medical school, followed by a 1 year internship and 3 year residency in their specialty. They must also pass a professional review and specialty board examination to receive credentials as a diplomate of their specialty college, also known as a board-certified specialist. These specialty credentials are listed after a doctor’s veterinary credentials (VMD or DVM), and represent their diplomate status within their chosen specialty.
For example; Dr. Robert J. Orsher, VMD, DACVS indicates that Dr. Orsher completed a veterinary medical degree and continued his education to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
For a list of links to all of veterinary specialty colleges, please visit our links page.
At the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, our team of board-certified veterinary specialists work together to offer comprehensive, leading-edge patient care.