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How We Work
ACCES is a collaborative hospital, which emphasizes coordinated care and communication among primary care veterinarians, pet owners and ACCES specialists.
What is specialty and referral care?
ACCES is a specialty, critical and emergency care referral center, which means our hospitals do not operate as a standard veterinary practice. Patients and their owners are referred to ACCES by their family veterinarian for consultations, procedures or extended critical care that is not available at the family veterinary practice. As such, ACCES strives to function as an extension of your veterinarian’s healthcare team where our medical specialists remain available to provide the additional care your pet needs.
What is a veterinary specialist?
Many pet owners are unaware of the role veterinary specialists play as a medical resource to their family veterinarian and, potentially, their pet.
Like their human medical counterparts, veterinary specialists are doctors of veterinary medicine who choose to specialize in one type of medicine, surgery or species. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, specialists must also complete an internship and residency in their specialized field, which involves an additional three to five years of training.
A veterinary specialist may be consulted when an animal’s condition requires specialized care above and beyond that which a regular veterinarian can offer. In general, specialists see cases requiring advanced training, expertise, skill or equipment for diagnosis. Orthopedic surgery, complicated abdominal surgery, ultrasound, CT scans, chemotherapy, and endoscopy are just a few examples of these.
Seeing a specialist is usually on a referral basis by your family veterinarian. In many cases your veterinarian seeks a second opinion or knows that your pet needs advance diagnostics or a complicated procedure that they are not equipped to handle at their general practice.
How we work?
ACCES’ board-certified veterinary specialists bring their combined experience to the forefront to provide the highest level of care while developing the best treatment plan for their patients.
Our team approach to veterinary medicine includes you and your primary care veterinarian. While caring for your pet, our team communicates regularly with your family veterinarian to ensure seamless and comprehensive medical care tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Once your pet leaves our facility, your veterinarian will have all the information needed to continue the care needed for your pet.
ACCES provided Blue with the best care. Dr. Hetrick saved Blue's life. It was an emergency GDV surgery and when we got to ACCES, everyone was ready to take him in. Before the surgery, Dr. Hetrick...
The ACCES specialty team treats nearly 15,000 patients a year referred by more than 500 family practice veterinarians.