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What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

Initial Consultation

Why choose a Board-Certified Surgeon?

Following veterinary school, a veterinarian pursuing a specialty in surgery will undergo further training to become a specialist. They must complete an internship, a three-year residency, publish research in a scientific journal and pass a rigorous examination in order to become Board-Certified. Surgery specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or referred to as a “Board-Certified Surgeon”.

With advancements in veterinary surgery, the American College of Veterinary Surgeons separated small and large animal residencies. Small animal surgery residents focus their training and skills exclusively on surgical diseases of small animals while large animal residents train on horses and farm animals. Small animal surgeons are distinguished by additional acronyms, SA, following their diplomacy status. At Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota, our surgeon Dr. Scott Rose is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Small Animal.

What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

Please allow 30 minutes to one hour for the consultation and 15 minutes for registration. If radiographs or other tests are needed your pet may need to stay with us. In some cases, you may be able to wait for the test.

Before Surgery

Do I need to bring anything to VSC the morning of surgery?

  • If you have medications associated with the current condition/injury such as pain meds or anti-inflammatories, please bring the remainder of those medications. If you plan on not bringing these specific meds or need refills, please provide a list with what you currently give your pet, the concentration/size of the tablet, and the number of pills remaining (if any).
  • If your pet has any critical medications such as insulin, please bring those to be given to your pet during their stay with us.
  • It is best to let your pet relieve themselves before they are admitted for the surgery.