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About Us

Who are we?

VSEC is a hospital for pets in need of emergency or specialty care. We are all about innovation, and provide a wide range of advanced services including many of the newest procedures and techniques available for companion animals. Our goal is to achieve the very best outcome for your pet and to restore them to health as quickly as possible. Regardless of our individual specialties, we function as a team. Our emergency veterinarians and board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care, surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and dentistry often collaborate to determine the best diagnostic or treatment options for your pet’s specific situation. At VSEC, we understand your pets are important members of your family. We feel the same way. Therefore you can rest assured our approach will always be to work with you and your pet’s primary care veterinarian in an efficient and compassionate manner.

What is a board-certified specialist?

In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board-certified veterinary specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed additional training in their specialized field including an internship and residency (an extra 3-5 years of training). The veterinarian must then pass rigorous examinations as well as perform and publish original research to earn the designation of board certified, also called a Diplomate. To learn more about veterinary specialists, visit

How do you know when you are seeing a board-certified specialist?

Board-certified specialists are considered experts in their fields. They have earned additional credentials beyond Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and as board-certified specialists, will have a ‘Diplomate’ title associated with their name, such as DACVECC (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care), DACVS-SA (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal), DACVIM (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) and DACVIM-Cardiology (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Cardiology), and DAVDC (Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College). A doctor that has completed a residency but is not yet board certified may list their credentials as “practice limited to surgery” for instance, until they are awarded specialty certification.