CARE is a state-of-the-art hospital staffed with a Veterinary Specialist in Melbourne. A Veterinary Specialist is a veterinarian highly trained in one specific area, who works closely with your primary care veterinarian (your local vet), to provide assistance with advanced procedures requiring specialised equipment, or serious illness that requires 24-hour care.
To become a registered Veterinary Specialist in Melbourne or anywhere in Australia, an additional 3-4 more years of specific training in one area is required after completing vet school. Areas of specialisation include surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine and critical care, or diagnostic imaging. This training is followed by an intensive series of examinations, which must be passed in order to become a specialist. This training often includes a Masters of Veterinary Science (an MVSc or MVS) or Doctorate (PhD).
At CARE (Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency), we have a team of Veterinary Specialists in Melbourne who work together. Our Melbourne based Veterinary Specialists include those in in the fields of orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, spinal surgery, emergency surgery, internal medicine (including heart problems, liver disease, diabetes and gastroenterology), critical care/ intensive care and emergency medicine. Our Veterinary Specialists in Melbourne have a range of qualifications including both Fellowships (Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, FANZCVS), as well as European qualifications (European College of Veterinary Surgeons, DECVS). We also have highly-trained emergency vets on duty 24-hours per day to attend to animal emergencies here in Melbourne. Many of our emergency veterinarians have also underataken advanced training including interships, residencies or membership examinations (MANZCVS) in this field. All our veterinarians at CARE regularly attend conferences, present at conferences, read journals, give seminars and lectures both here an abroad, and are up-to-date with the latest treatment options for your pet.
A Veterinary Specialist or Animal Specialist Hospital will not generally provide vaccinations, microchipping, flea control, grooming or desexing for your pet. It is very important to have a primary care vet in your local area to assist you with the general health and well-being of your pet. At CARE, we work closely with your local vet and keep them updated at all times if your pet is a patient at our specialist hospital, or comes in to our 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital. There are many excellent general practice veterinarians in Melbourne who can be found in your suburb via the internet or yellow pages search.