Veterinarian FAQ’s

Here are a few common questions that you may have about our practice:

How does a vet specialist work with the family veterinarian?

The relationship between a specialty veterinarian and a family veterinarian is important. Specialists are an extension of the family veterinarian, not a replacement. We take cases that are beyond the scope of the family vet to help your clients and patients and then transfer care back to the family veterinarian. We encourage all of our clients to return to their family veterinarian after their pets have recovered under our care.

How do I refer a patient to AVSEC?

Please fill out the Patient Referral Form and fax to 303-443-4568. Including any blood work, radiographs, and/or other pertinent diagnostic results from the last six months is also extremely helpful.

How do you communicate with me when my patient is under your care?

After the initial consultation, if we need further medical history in order to help us make a diagnosis, we will call you for a consultation. Whether we call for further information or not, we send a letter to you with information regarding the diagnosis and proposed treatment of your patient. After your patient undergoes a procedure, we follow-up with you once more with a letter outlining how the procedure went and the recommended discharge instructions for a healthy recovery.

How do the emergency and specialty services work together?

If your patient requires overnight care after a specialty procedure, we automatically transfer that patient to our emergency team. Conversely, in the case of an emergency, a patient will be automatically referred to the appropriate specialty team for further care, if necessary. Our specialty and emergency teams work very closely to ensure a seamless quality of care for all patients.

If my patient comes in overnight for an emergency, can you transfer that patient to my care in the morning?

When an overnight emergency case comes to us, we may or may not recommend that the patient be transferred to our specialty team based on the prognosis. We will always attempt to confer with you before making a decision and will have the clients transfer the patient to your care if decided so.