There may come a time in your animal’s life when they have needs that require the skills and tools of a veterinary specialist. In this situation, you may be referred to a board certified veterinary specialists. A specialist is someone who went to veterinary school for four years just like the doctors at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, but then continued with their schooling to complete a four year internship and residency in a specific area of medicine or surgery. Specialists then sit for exams to become ‘board certified’ in the area of their concentration of studies. There are specialists in surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, radiology, etc. Your veterinarian will refer you to the specialist whom they feel can best help your pet. In our area there are many specialists. Some of the ones we use most frequently are:

Veterinary Referral Associates

Veterinary Referral Associates has a large number of veterinary specialists. Their specialties include radiology, internal medicine, critical care and emergency medicine, oncology, surgery and ophthalmology. Their emergency division is even open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are located in Gaithersburg, MD, approximately 40 minutes from our hospital

South Paws

Southpaws is another referral hospital that hosts multiple veterinary specialists and has a 24 hour emergency service. They even have two veterinarians who are certified veterinary accupuncturists. They are located in Fairfax, VA, just over 1 hour from our hospital.

Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates

If we recommend a cardiologist for your pet, this is where we will send you. CVCA has several wonderful board certified cardiologists who offer echocardiography and doppler color flow technology. This is the most advanced way to evaluate the heart and diagnose heart disease, in most cases, without any sedation! They have 2 locations that are convenient to most of our clients: one in Gaithersburg, MD and one in Leesburg, VA.

Bush Veterinary Neurological Service

BVNS offers complete neurological services for your pet, including MRI diagnostic abilities and Neurosurgery. What makes BVNS special, in our opinion, is their talent for getting to the bottom of a challenging neurological problem while exhibiting extra-ordinary compassion for the ailing pets and their owners. They are located in the LifeCentre in Leesburg Virginia.

The Animal Allergy and Dermatology clinic hosts Dr. James Jeffers and Dr. Nicole Eckholm. Both are specialize in veterinary dermatology. In addition to being a fantastic veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Jeffers is also one of the nicest people on this planet. Dr. Eckholm is newer to the AADC, but has rapidly gained our confidence because of the thoughtful & kind way she treats our patients and their owners!

At Kingsbrook Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on being able to diagnose and treat most dental ailments, but if we decide it’s in your pet’s best interest to see a specialist for a dental procedure, such as a root canal, or for oral surgery, this is where we will recommend you to go. Dr. Mark Smith is double boarded in both surgery and dentistry, a distinction that not many specialists can boast. Dr Kendall Taney is the chief resident at the CVDOS, and together with Dr. Smith, has taken wonderful care of all of the patients we have sent there.

The Oncology Service has 2 locations, one in Leesburg (which is convenient to most of our clients) and one in Washington, DC. When dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, we have found them to be very compassionate and practical in coming up with treatment options for our patients.

Behavioral problems are some of the most challenging conditions that we see. They can include destructive behavior, anxiety, phobias (such as thundersorm or other noises), inappropriate urination and/or defecation and even agression. Dr. Katheryn Meyers at the Veterinary Behavior Clinic offers help for cats and dogs suffering from behavior problems, using environmental manipulation, behavior modification, and, when necessary, medication.

Dr. Eric Smith, of the Animal Eye Care Center, is a board certified ophthalmologist who has the training and tools to diagnose and treat even the most serious eye disorders. The Animal Eye Care Center currently does not have a website, but they can be reached at (301) 990-6373.

The Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group offers full service orthopedic care. Not only are they a top-notch orthopedic surgical group, but they offer a full range of rehabilitation services that speed recovery from orthopedic diseases, relieve pain and help restore function in your pets joints. We often refer patients there for rehabilitation therapy so that we can avoid the need for surgery! They are located in Ellicott City, Maryland (Directions can be found on their website).