We are a collaborative hospital, which emphasizes coordinated care between you, your family veterinarian and ACCES board-certified specialists. Our team will bring their combined experience to the forefront to provide the highest level of care while developing the best treatment plans for your pet.
While caring for your pet, our team communicates regularly with your family veterinarian to ensure seamless and comprehensive medical care tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
What is a Veterinary Specialist?
Since launching our practice in 2003, ACCES has grown to two locations and has expanded its practice to include specialists in the field of surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, oncology and emergency critical care.
Many pet owners are unaware of the role veterinary specialists play as a medical resource to their family veterinarian and, potentially, their pet.
Like their human medical counterparts, veterinary specialists are doctors of veterinary medicine who choose to specialize in one type of medicine, surgery or species. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, specialists must also complete an internship and residency in their specialized field, which involves an additional three to five years of training.
A veterinary specialist may be consulted when an animal’s condition requires specialized care above and beyond that which your family veterinarian can offer. In general, specialists see cases requiring advanced training, expertise, skill or equipment for diagnosis. Orthopedic surgery, complicated abdominal surgery, ultrasound, CT scans, chemotherapy, and endoscopy are just a few examples.
Seeing a specialist is usually on a referral basis by your family veterinarian. In many cases your veterinarian seeks a second opinion or knows that your pet needs advance diagnostics or a complicated procedure that they are not equipped to handle at their general practice.
To learn more about ACCES and our specialty team, please visit www.criticalcarevets.com.
Education Opportunities for the Pet Owner
We are committed to remaining an invaluable resource to the community in which we serve. To help support this goal, the ACCES medical team offers a series of FREE community workshops throughout the year. These programs are designed to provide pet owners with the latest in pet health information and the additional tools needed to help care for your pets at each stage of their lives.
Caring for the Active Dog: This course may be of particular interest to owners of agility, flyball, and sporting dogs, or anybody who hikes or jogs with their energetic canine companion. Participants will learn basic canine anatomy, how orthopedic injuries can happen, what can be done to prevent them, and how they can be fixed if they do happen. Our course instructor is Dr. Tamara Walker, ACCES’ board-certified veterinary surgeon.
When: Sunday, October 26, 2014; 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Citydog! Club, 809 Olive Way, Ste. B, Seattle, Wash.; 206.623-5395
For a complete list of upcoming programs, please click here.