BOARD-CERTIFIED VETERINARY REFERRALS
These services, provided by veterinary specialists, are accessible by referral through your routine veterinary care provider after determining your pet may further benefit from their focused skills. Specialists are recognized through a formal training and certification program. Find out more information here: http://vetspecialists.com/
The consultation and / or procedure may be conducted either on our premises or at another veterinary facility.
These veterinarians reside locally and appointments may be arranged at our hospital by referral via your routine veterinary care provider:
- Dr. Trevor Bebchuk (Great Plains Veterinary Surgery ) is Manitoba's only board-certified veterinary surgeon, specialized in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Bebchuk attends appointments at our hospital on a scheduled basis only as his practice provides a mobile orthopedic specialist consultation and surgical service.
Referring veterinary practices may submit patient medical records on the Specialist Appointment - Records Submission page.
Out of Province / Visiting
These veterinariany specialists provide their services locally but are only in Manitoba on a limited basis (once or twice annually).
Birchwood Animal Hospital clients interested in obtaining an appointment will be notified by us once the next available registration date is established or you may check MVMA News for notice of upcoming scheduled clinics.
Location of these specialist services will be listed on the MVMA website link above.
- Dr. Bruce Grahn (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) is a board-certified veterinarian specializing in ophthalomogy.
- Dr. Anthony Yu (Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital) is a board-certified veterinarian specializing in dermatology.
- Dr. Gary Landsberg (North Toronto Veterinary Behaviour Specialty Clinic) is a board-certified veterinary behaviourist.
The Process (Orthopedic & Soft Tissue Procedures)
(For anesthetic procedures conducted at Birchwood Animal Hospital by local specialists)
A consultation will be arranged with the specialist who will obtain a history and determine the status of your pet's condition prior to discussing recommendations with you. An estimate will be provided for the recommended services but may be subject to change in cases where the diagnosis is not yet certain. An appointment for the procedure will then be scheduled.
On the day of the scheduled procedure your pet will be admitted to our hospital between 7:00 and 8:30 am. A blood sample will be collected for immediate analysis (unless performed at an earlier date) and an intravenous catheter will be placed in your pet's foreleg to administer fluid support while he or she is anesthetized. The specialist will then perform the necessary procedure while your pet is monitored by our veterinary technicians.
Once the procedure is complete, your pet then recovers from anesthesia in a warm, comfortable area under constant observation. Post-treatment care instructions concerning your pet's individual needs will be provided.
Most pets will be hospitalized until late afternoon or early evening unless a longer period is deemed necessary.
The need for follow up visits is determined on a case-by-case basis as it is dependent upon the treatment applied and your pet's response.