Educational charity the British College of Veterinary Specialists (BCVSp) has launched a new website, www.yourvetspecialist.org to help guide animal owners and show how veterinary specialists can assist with their needs.
The new resource explains what veterinary specialists are and how they may be able to help, whatever the species of animal.
A veterinary specialist is the equivalent of a consultant in human medicine and is accessed in the same way, with the patient being referred via the primary vet.
There are more than 30 different types of veterinary specialist who have all completed post graduate training programmes to gain qualifications in their chosen discipline at the highest professional level.
The website aims to make it easier for animal owners to understand and become confident with the process of referral and to search for a specialist by location and veterinary specialism. They can also read patient case studies following the referral, treatment journeys and outcomes of animals that have benefited from specialist care and meet some of the specialists via podcast links.
The new website fulfils the BCVSp’s primary aim of advancing the education of the public and the wellbeing of animals through the development, understanding and application of veterinary specialist care.
Celia Marr, BCVSp Trustee, said: “While most happy healthy animals will never need Specialist veterinary care, if they do we want their owners to know that we are here to help. There are many hundreds of Specialists working at the forefront of veterinary care and also those working in research, pathology and academia, helping to advance animal health and welfare, every day.
“We believe our new website should help to spread the word and make referral more understandable and accessible.”