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What Is A Veterinary Specialist?

As in human medicine, some veterinarians choose to specialize in an area of interest. A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has years of advanced education and training in a certain field or discipline and has earned board certification.

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To earn a “board-certified specialist” designation, veterinarians must attend undergraduate school, veterinary school, complete an internship (1-2 years), and complete a residency (2-4 years) in their chosen field. These residency programs require veterinarians to meet specific training and caseload requirements, perform research in their specialty field, and have that research published. They must also pass a set of rigorous examinations administered by the board of the specialty college. It is only after the completion of all prior steps does a veterinarian earn the title of “Veterinary Diplomate” and become a board-certified veterinary specialist.

SAGE offers specialty services in the following areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Surgery

For more information about veterinary specialists and the veterinary boards, visit:

24/7 Emergency Services

We’re there when you need us. SAGE provides emergency care in each of our hospitals, every day including holidays. Our emergency teams are comprised of seasoned doctors who have dedicated themselves to the field of emergency medicine. While emergency situations can be stressful, rest assured your pet will be in qualified hands.

State-of the-Art Facilities

SAGE owns and operates four hospitals that offer the latest in veterinary diagnostic, treatment and surgical tools. Our hospitals rival those of human caliber and are equipped with CT, MRI, linear accelerator and Physical Rehab departments, to name a few. Visit our Procedures and Services page to learn more .

SAGE’s Mission

To set the highest standard of compassionate, collaborative veterinary care that improves the lives of pets and people.

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