Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (PVSEC) is the most comprehensive, multi-specialty veterinary center in western Pennsylvania, with the region's only on-site high-field MRI for pets and 24/7 emergency care.
What is a Specialist?
A veterinary specialist is a doctor who has pursued advanced study in one specific area of veterinary practice. The American Veterinary Medical Association currently recognizes 20 board-certified veterinary specialties.
Each specialty college has its own rigorous training program and certification process, including a comprehensive board examination. These highly selective programs are similar to residency training programs in human medicine, and typically run three to four years beyond the veterinary degree. Only those veterinarians having earned Diplomate status in a specialty college have earned the right to call themselves specialists.
When should I seek a Specialist?
- Your pet's disease is uncommon, complicated, or undiagnosed after standard testing.
- You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your pet's condition.
- The outcomes of current treatments are not going well or as expected.
- Your pet requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
- Your pet can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.
Early referral can save time and money and can often result in a better outcome.
It is vital to get a referral from your family veterinarian whenever possible. This ensures proper transfer of medical information and will help your companion receive the best care.
PVSEC is proud to draw on the expertise of residency-trained anesthesiologist, Dr. Dianna Ovbey, for patients under the care of a number of its clinical departments. With the addition of Dr. Ovbey's specialized training, PVSEC offers enhanced monitoring of patients under general anesthesia, analgesia, and those in need of pain-management care during their recovery from medical treatments or procedures.
PVSEC's cardiology department provides specialty care, diagnostics, and management of all cardiac diseases in dogs and cats. In addition, the cardiology department works side by side with all the other specialty departments in helping to manage any cardiac complications that may arise as a result of non-cardiac diseases.
The PVSEC Emergency department offers emergency medical care 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including all holidays, providing your pets with quality emergency care around the clock. The emergency department is staffed around the clock by at least two experienced veterinarians, and offers the added experience of a board-certified or residency-trained criticalist, who oversees the hospital ICU seven days a week.
Because of the urgent nature of emergency care, the PVSEC Emergency department welcomes walk-ins. Our team of experienced emergency veterinarians and technicians provide your pet with high quality emergency medical care, including hospitalization if necessary.
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC) Dentistry practice offers a range of expert dentistry procedures to satisfy your pet's advanced oral and dental needs. The state-of-the-art practice features the only board certified veterinary dentist in Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Krista Mendoza.
The dermatology department provides the quality dermatological care your pets need, treating a variety of animals including dogs, cats and both small and large pets.
The PVSEC Emergency department offers emergency medical care 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including all holidays, providing your pets with quality emergency care around the clock. Because of the urgent nature of emergency care, the PVSEC Emergency department welcomes walk-ins. Our team of experienced emergency veterinarians and technicians provide your pet with high quality emergency medical care, including hospitalization if necessary.
PVSEC's Internal Medicine department provides specialty care, diagnostics and management of medical diseases in dogs and cats. PVSEC Internal Medicine offers a wide range of referral-based services. Our primary diagnostic tool is the knowledge and expertise our doctors possess, from advanced training and extensive experience with a wide variety of critical, complicated and chronic diseases. We attempt to provide both a diagnosis and treatment as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a result, early referral of non-routine cases often saves both money and precious time. Our goal is to improve and extend your pet's quality of life.
In order to best fit the needs of you and your pet, PVSEC is partnered with PetsDx Veterinary Imaging in providing MRI and CT scans. Working together, PVSEC and PetsDx use state-of-the-art, but more importantly, pet-safe technology, enabling our staff to clearly point out health concerns and quickly establish the best way to treat them. Using a high-field magnet dedicated specifically for veterinary use, results can be given in as little as 24 hours.
PVSEC recently expanded its neurology and neurosurgery services with the addition of a second board-certified neurologist. The Neurology/Neurosurgery department employs numerous diagnostic technologies, including MRI/CT (provided on-site by PetsDx) and electrodiagnostic tools, such as BAER testing, to determine how to best treat both acute and chronic neurological disorders.
PVSEC Medical Oncology patients are cared for by the only board-certified oncologists in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to chemotherapy, the medical oncology service offers recently developed treatments such as Palladia, Masitinib, and the melanoma vaccine.
PVSEC Ophthalmology provides your pets with quality ophthalmic medical and surgical eye care, with board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists performing all examinations and testing. The specialists in the PVSEC Ophthalmology department are specially trained to diagnose and treat disorders involving the eye and surrounding tissues.
Dr. Christine Anderson, who holds board-certifcation in radiation and medical oncology, manages the planning and administration of radiation treatments in the 2000 square-foot radiation oncology wing with a linear accelerator ensuring a comprehensive cancer treatment facility for pets.
A new service is also now available to in-patients receiving treatment in the Surgery and Neurology departments. With the addition of two licensed physical therapists who are also CCRTs (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists, PVSEC will be able to offer:
- In hospital Rehabilitation Therapy; Evaluation of patients who will need continued physical rehabilitation; Client education on post-hospitalization physical therapy;
Rehabilitation therapy for cases referred from non-PVSEC veterinarians
PVSEC Surgery provides specialty care and consultation for surgically related diseases in small animals. Our staff of experienced veterinary surgeons is dedicated to ensuring your pet has a safe, quick and comfortable experience with our practice.