A visit to one of our non-emergency services requires a referral from your primary care veterinarian.

Our specialists see pets who have been referred to us by family veterinarians, and we work closely with them to develop a treatment plan that ensures the best possible care. We will also discuss this plan with you to get your approval before moving forward, including the estimated cost.

  • Your veterinarian may call our office to make the referral, however, we encourage them to provide us with a referral form that indicates the problem(s) to be evaluated, as well as all pertinent medical history.
  • Once your veterinarian has completed the referral form, your veterinarian or you may call to make an appointment for the first visit.

What is a specialist?
Like their counterparts in human medicine, veterinary specialists are doctors of veterinary medicine who choose to specialize in a particular field. To become specialists, veterinarians must undergo years of additional training. When a medical problem requires expertise that is specialized, your veterinarian will provide you with a referral to Dogwood and one of our specialists. This is similar to the referral you may receive from your family doctor if you needed to see a specialist in cardiology, internal medicine, surgery or any other specialty.

  • You can expect to have a detailed visit with one of our veterinary specialists that will assess your pet’s condition, make recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will also be given an estimate for the cost of the care to be provided.
  • Expect your initial visit to last from 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending upon the nature and complexity of your pet’s problem.
  • Following each visit your referring veterinarian will receive a detailed written report describing the outcome of your visit.

No appointment or referral is necessary for emergency services but we do request that you call ahead to 804-716-4700.