Southern Regional Veterinary Specialists are dedicated to
providing advanced veterinary surgical referral and emergency care.
During day-time business hours Southern Regional Veterinary
Specialists (SRVS) is a REFERRAL ONLY practice that provides
specialty care for surgical conditions in companion animals. SRVS
currently employs two board-certified veterinarians with special
training in small animal surgery. This includes surgical management
of soft tissue, orthopedic, neurology and oncology cases. Southern
Regional Veterinary Emergency Services (SRVES) is available
after hours, weekends and holidays for any condition that you, as a
pet owner, feel needs to be addressed immediately. SRVES is staffed
by well-trained veterinarians with a special aptitude for emergency
medicine and critical care.
What is a veterinary specialist?
Similar to human medicine, veterinary medicine has specialties
that include surgery, internal medicine, dermatology,
ophthalmology, etc. A veterinary specialist is a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine (DVM or equivalent) who has completed advanced
training in a recognized specialty field. Training includes
completing a doctorate of veterinary medicine, a one-year
internship or equivalent, and a 3-year residency in the specialty
recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Board
certification requires successful completion of the examination
process administered by the specialty college subsequent to
completion of residency training. Only then can one advertise and
practice as a board-certified veterinary specialist.
For more information regarding boarded veterinary surgeons
Why do I need a veterinary surgeon?
All veterinarians are licensed to perform surgery. Many common
procedures are done by primary care veterinarians such as
ovariohysterectomies (spay), neuters or small mass removals.
However, many cases require advanced expertise and equipment and
this is when a veterinarian should refer to a specialist. Boarded
veterinary surgeons have extensive training in soft tissue,
neurologic and orthopedic procedures and are better equipped to
diagnose and manage surgical conditions. The board-certified
veterinary surgeon is an essential partner with your veterinarian
in the surgical care of your pet.