The use of diagnostic abdominal ultrasound in small animal internal medicine

Author(s): Dr Rebecca Littler

Hospital: North West Veterinary Specialists

Reference: RAD Magazine, 46, 545, 16-17


Modern small animal medicine is divided into general practice and specialist arms. The former is by far the larger part of the profession and ranges from practitioners who deal solely with small animals (mainly dogs and cats, with growing numbers of rabbits and exotic pets) often performing both surgical procedures and medical interventions, to mixed practitioners dealing with large animals (farm and equine) and pet species. The specialist division of the veterinary profession is largely multidisciplinary hospital-based, with veterinary specialists in surgery, internal medicine, radiology, oncology, neurology, cardiology, anaesthesia and dermatology. Each speciality has its own college and training towards specialisation requires completion of a specific residency programme and passing of stringent exit examination for diploma qualification. Maintenance of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specialist status requires an individual to be active within his or her speciality, to publish and to teach, and is reviewed on a five-year basis.

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