Friday, January 18, 2019
Referral Information
At Healthy Paws, we are committed to providing the best veterinary care we can. At times, that may include referral to a veterinary specialist for advanced diagnostics or treatment for a complicated problem.
What is a Veterinary Specialist
A veterinary specialist is a board certified veterinarian who has received additional intensive training (usually an extra 4 years) in a specialty field beyond veterinary school. Specialists play an important role in providing more advanced diagnostics and treatments for complicated or advanced medical problems. Specialists usually work at large “referral” or “specialty” facilities that offer 24 hour care and have advanced diagnostic tools such as MRI or Cat scan machines or special surgical or medical equipment and therapeutics available that general care practices are unable to offer. 
At Healthy Paws Veterinary Center, we will try our best to treat patients in house, but if there is a situation that is either very complicated, or is not responding to traditional therapy, we may recommend or offer a referral to a specialist. We will also encourage clients to seek a second opinion if there is any question about the proposed diagnosis or treatment options.  We want all of our clients to be 100% comfortable about our recommendations or case management.
In most cases, clients call the referral hospital to set up the appointment, then they call Healthy Paws and we will fax or email the medical record. Please include the time, date, and Doctor you will be seeing for the referral so we can ensure they have received all of the necessary information.
Referral Procedure

1. Inform your pet's doctor that you wish to seek a referral appointment

2. Client calls facility to book with a particular specialist

3. Client calls Healthy Paws with the date, time, and name of specialist and referral hospital they are seeing

4. Healthy Paws will send complete medical records to the specialist.

We encourage owners to keep us informed of their pet's progress and are available to help council when owners do not understand what is happening medically or need help deciding weather to treat or not.

Speciality & Referral Hospitals

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
(508) 839-5395
200 Westboro Rd (Rte 30 East), N Grafton
(781) 684-8387
180 Bear Hill Rd, Waltham
Tufts Emergency Treatment Services  
(508) 668-5454 
525 South St, Walpole
New England Animal Medical Center- Animal Emergency Center          
(508) 580-2515

595 West Center St, West Bridgewater  (45 minutes down I-495 south)  
 Animal Care Center- Acton
(978) 263-1742
164 Great Rd, Acton  
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital
350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston (Jamaica Plain) by Longwood Medical Area  

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