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.

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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).

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Internal Medicine

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.

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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.

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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.

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A veterinary ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases that affect the health of your pet’s eye, its surrounding tissues and structures, and your pet’s vision. They combine medical and surgical treatments in order to most effectively treat your pet’s problems. While your primary care veterinarian can diagnose and treat many routine eye conditions, some diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor with advanced specialty training in ophthalmology to provide the best chance for a successful outcome for your pet.

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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.

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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.

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Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Upstate Veterinary Specialties

COVID-19 Protocols:

Updated: July 5, 2021

UVS is happy to welcome our clients back into the building! Please see the below information regarding reopening and our most current COVID-19 policies.

Clients arriving for their appointment with a specialist or an emergency visit will be directed to call our Client Relations team upon arrival. During your initial phone call with our team, clients will be given three options for proceeding with their appointment.

  1. Continue curbside services and remain in your vehicle.
  2. Wait in your vehicle until your appointment is ready and be taken directly into an exam room.
  3. Enter the building and wait in the lobby.
    • Appropriate spacing in the lobby must be available to proceed with option 3.
    • Please follow social distancing guidelines when in the lobby.


For an appointment or visit within the hospital, either in the lobby or straight to an exam room, we are limiting the number of visitors to two (2) individuals per patient.

Mask Policy:

Face masks are required in all public areas of the hospital. Please take the time to understand why we require masks within the hospital:

  1. UVS will not be asking clients to show proof of their vaccination status.
  2. Human healthcare facilities are one of the exceptions to the new, relaxed CDC masking guidelines. As a medical facility, we are following our human healthcare colleague’s lead.
  3. Our hospital’s work environment has many tight, shared spaces that do not allow for social distancing.
  4. Some of our clients and colleagues are not vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated, or have medical conditions that make them a higher risk for contracting COVID-19.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter

Please click here for full details on our COVID-19 protocols, including visitation, euthanasia, and prescription pick-ups.