Why is my veterinarian referring my pet to a specialist?

Our top priority is to make sure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. This is why we sometimes make the decision to refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Our veterinarians make every effort to stay current and skilled in many aspects of animal health, providing comprehensive care for your pet. However, board-certified specialists have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. And specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely undertaken by general practitioners.

Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.

We have a doctor and a highly skilled technician on call until 9 PM, seven days a week. If you leave a message on our answering machine, you will receive a call within one hour during the week, and two hours on the weekends. If your pet is experiencing a medical problem that cannot wait, or if it is after 9 PM, we recommend The University of Pennsylvania at 215-898-4680

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday10:00am – 2:00pm