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The Mission enables animal owners to find veterinary specialists that have credentials from certifying organizations in the areas of large animal internal medicine, small animal internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, neurology, large animal surgery, and small animal surgery. These specialists, called ACVIM or ACVS Diplomates, are board-certified veterinary specialists who have completed undergraduate training, four years of veterinary school, and extensive training in their chosen specialty.

Board-certified veterinary specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 3-5 years training). In addition to this extensive training, a board-certified veterinary specialist must pass rigorous examinations to achieve board certification from their certifying organization. Specialists bring a deeper understanding in their specialty field, and have a greater knowledge of unusual or uncommon conditions in large or small animals. In addition, a specialist may have diagnostic equipment not generally used by your family veterinarian.

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