Specialty Services Offered
24-Hour Emergency and Critical Care
Our full complement of emergency doctors and critical care specialists are available for emergency walk-ins, referrals, and transfers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Specialists in veterinary cardiology are experts in the diagnosis and management of diseases of the heart and circulation (both pulmonary and systemic circulations). In veterinary medicine, cardiology is a subspecialty of internal medicine, and because many animals with heart disease are elderly, cardiologists frequently apply knowledge in internal medicine in the management of the whole patient. As with any “organ specialist”, veterinary cardiologists are trained to evaluate heart diseases in any animal species (dog, horse, cat, cow, parrot, lizard, etc).
Veterinary internal medicine encompasses illnesses involving internal organs such as the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, endocrine organs (e.g., thyroid, adrenal glands, and pancreas), blood, immune system, and infectious diseases. A board certified internal medicine specialist has undertaken several years of specialty training beyond veterinary school in the discipline of internal medicine, and has been certified as a specialist in this area via a series of examinations and case reports by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
A diplomate in the field of veterinary neurology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles). While neurology is a subspecialty of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, neurologists in veterinary medicine are also trained to perform neurosurgery. Surgeries of the brain, spine, nerve and muscle are now considered routine in veterinary specialty practice.
The veterinary oncology service at Upstate Veterinary Specialties offers comprehensive consultation, diagnostic services, staging and treatment plans for all cancers of cats and dogs, and other companion animals. Like people, pets can develop cancers that necessitate the expertise of a skilled and knowledgeable veterinary medical oncologist. Veterinary oncologists receive 3 to 5 years of additional specialty training beyond veterinary school to understand the way cancer develops, how it interacts with pre-existing conditions, and how to tailor a treatment plan that best fits each individual patient.
A veterinary radiologist is a veterinarian who has received at least three years of additional schooling in the field of diagnostic radiology. During this training, the radiologist learns to perform special procedures and interpret studies that involve imaging with radiographs, contrast materials, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This training includes imaging of many animal species, including not only dogs and cats, but horses, cows, birds, ferrets and reptiles. After completing this training, the individual then becomes certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology by passing a two part examination (written and oral). At our practice, we currently use ultrasound, radiographs, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, and contrast studies to obtain diagnostic images.
Veterinary rehabilitation aims to treat injuries and illness by decreasing pain and restoring normal function. This is accomplished by trained professionals who use rehab equipment, complementary modalities, and therapeutic exercises. It was brought together by a group of veterinarians and human physical therapists over 15 years ago and has thrived to become one of the most popular specialty services.
A Veterinarian who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons has been specifically trained in the practice of surgery. Only those veterinarians who have successfully completed the certification requirements of the ACVS are Diplomates, and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.