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For Owners

The doctors of the Institute of Veterinary Specialists are all Diplomates or have completed a residency in their respective field. A Diplomate is a veterinary specialist who has:

  • Gained extensive post-graduate experience in an approved residency program
  • Completed the requirements of the College.
  • Passed the required examinations to become a specialist.

The veterinary specialist is an extension of your primary care veterinarian and is trained to assist in optimizing patient care when complex diseases are present or more advanced diagnostic tests or procedures are required.

Your pet must be referred by your primary care veterinarian to be seen at the Institute.

You will have ample time to ask any questions during the evaluation and any required procedures will be clearly explained to you prior to being performed.

Most follow-up evaluation and assessment is performed by your primary care veterinarian.

Appointment Information

For Cardiology Appointments:

Your patient will not need to fast or withhold any medications prior to your appointment unless specifically advised by a member of our staff or your veterinarian. Your pet’s hair and skin will need to be lubricated with alcohol and ultrasound gel during the echocardiogram. Both are non-toxic and will not permanently stain clothes. In some rare cases, we will need to shave hair off of the thoracic cavity to better ensure accurate diagnostic images. For most cases alcohol and gel are all that is needed. If you do not wish to have your pet’s hair shaved, please let us know prior to the echocardiogram. It is common for an electrocardiogram to accompany the echocardiogram based on the instructions from our specialists. Both echocardiogram and electrocardiograms are non-invasive procedures and are completed within 15 minutes.

Aside from echocardiogram and electrocardiogram, your pet may need additional diagnostic testing such as blood work or a blood pressure reading. These tests will be discussed prior to completion for your approval.

For Internal Medicine Appointments:

It is best to withhold food for 6-8 hours prior to abdominal ultrasound (provided there are no medical contraindications) to ensure the most diagnostic imagery. Ideally, your pet’s urinary bladder should be full for the abdominal ultrasound appointment. Withholding medications is not necessary for general abdominal ultrasound appointments unless specifically advised by our staff or your pet’s veterinarian. Your pet’s hair and skin will need to be lubricated with alcohol and ultrasound gel during the ultrasound. Both are non-toxic and will not permanently stain clothes. Your pet will need to have their abdomen shaved during this procedure. This is standard protocol for every patient. If you do not wish to have your pet shaved, please advise our staff upon checking-in for your appointment. An abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that is completed within 20-30 minutes.

Aside from the abdominal ultrasound your pet may need additional diagnostic testing such as blood work or urinalysis. These tests will be discussed prior to completion for your approval.

Cardiology/Internal Medicine Patient Registration Forms

Veterinary Echocardiography

Dermatology Patient Registration Page 1

Dermatology Patient Registration Page 2

Dermatology Patient Registration Page 3

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