Dear Drs. Doyle and McElravy,
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Dakota's passing on Tuesday, but we feel compelled to acknowledge your efforts on his behalf. Your care and that of your staff was provided in a most professional and caring manner. Please express our thanks to the Care Center staff whose courtesy and hospitality made us feel welcome to visit Dakota without time restrictions or restraints. Our questions and concerns at this most difficult time were consistently met with consideration and understanding. We animal caretakers and custodians and our animal family members look to you – and the knowledge and expertise that you provide in our time of need. We take comfort in knowing that you did everything you could for Dakota. Your care, concern, and compassion will long be remembered and are appreciated beyond words.
James Osterday and Dakota
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Your family veterinarian is an expert in general wellness and preventive care. We encourage regular visits to your pet’s veterinarian to remain current on vaccinations, parasite control, and other important measures for optimum health. They are the best source of knowledge to help you care for your pet. There are times, however, when they will turn to Care Center as a healthcare partner, because we provide expertise in areas that are not part of their day-to-day services.
What’s the difference you may ask? Just like we may choose the most qualified individual to provide healthcare for our families, we also want that same level of expertise for our pets. Fortunately, a whole field of specialization has evolved where pet owners are now able to access advanced care by board-certified veterinary specialists for just about any condition or illness, similar to how you would be referred by your own family physician.
In case of emergency, we are open 24-hours a day.
Referrals can be made for care in the following medical disciplines:
More on Specialty Medicine
To become a specialist, one must obtain a four-year veterinary degree and then pursue additional training in an accredited program. This typically includes a one-year internship, followed by a two to three-year residency in a particular medical discipline. Competition to be accepted into a residency training program can be quite difficult, therefore only those with the highest academic achievement gain entry. In addition to the clinical training, a veterinarian must also publish original research in a refereed journal and pass a series of rigorous examinations to earn this designation.
According to the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, there are currently 21 AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organizations comprising 40 distinct specialties. Some specialties only have 100 or fewer veterinarians that have earned board certification making access to specialists in some areas quite challenging. However, only some specialists work in private practice such as at Care Center. Many others work in academic and/or research settings, or even for the government protecting our food supply. For more information on specialty care, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association.