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What is a Veterinary Referral Center?

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Have you ever wondered, what is a veterinary referral center? At Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, we often get asked this question.

Let’s put it like this. You have a doctor who is responsible for helping you stay healthy in a lot of ways. But, if you were to acquire a heart condition, your doctor might refer you to a specialist in heart medicine, or a cardiologist.

The same types of specialists exist in the veterinary profession: cardiologists, internists, dentists, surgeons, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, oncologists, as well as specialists in critical care, toxicology, behavior….the list goes on and on. If your pet needs the care that one of these specialists can provide, your family veterinarian might refer you to a veterinary referral center. Or, if you don’t have a family veterinarian, you might find a veterinary referral center online and refer yourself.

To learn more about the referral process, watch this video:

If you have any questions about a veterinary referral center or want to learn more about a specific specialty, ask your regular veterinarian for more information or for a referral.

To view a list of Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota’s Specialty Services, click here.

Heidi Brenegan, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota

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