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A veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and has passed an examination that evaluates their knowledge and skills in that specialty area.
The specialist’s expertise complements that of your veterinarian. You may be referred to a veterinary specialist if diagnosing or treating your pet’s health problem requires specialized equipment and/or expertise that your veterinarian does not have.
It’s critical that you, your veterinarian and the veterinary specialist communicate and work together to provide the best care for your pet.
Here’s a list of veterinary specialties recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, with very simple descriptions of what these specialists do. For more information about the specialties, click the link to go to the website of the specialty college responsible for ertifying veterinarians in that specialty:
PetFirst’s pet insurance plans covers veterinary specialists and reimburses the amount you selected for your plan. Other pet insurance companies reduce reimbursement amounts for specialists because they can be more expensive. PetFirst Pet Insurance also covers exam fees, which can be more expensive at a vet specialist’s office than your primary veterinarian.
Get a pet insurance quote for your dog or cat now and start saving on veterinary bills.