Simply put, the term Diplomate refers to a veterinarian who has earned board certification in a particular veterinary specialty. Only veterinarians who have successfully completed post-graduate requirements of a particular specialty college can be considered Diplomates. Veterinarians wishing to become board certified must complete an internship and then a two to three-year residency program, meet specific training and caseload requirements, conduct original research and then have it published. This process is supervised by current Diplomates, ensuring consistency in training and adherence to high standards. Once the residency has been completed, the resident must sit for and pass a rigorous examination. Only then does the veterinarian earn the title of Diplomate.
Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis without an appointment or referral, however more serious cases will take precedence if medically necessary.
Appointments to see a Surgeon are typically available Monday through Friday although our surgeons are on-call for emergencies most weekends.
While referral appointments are not necessary to admit a patient to our ICU, our Criticalist is also available to see scheduled appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and every other Saturday morning. A consultation with a Criticalist may be beneficial to patients with complex disease process or varied and unusual symptoms that have yet to be diagnosed. Our Criticalists services include hemodialysis, mechanical ventilation, endoscopy and ultrasound. She also works with our Emergency Clinicians and ER Clients.
Internal Medicine Doctor Referral appointments to see our Internal Medicine Doctor are typically available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and every other Saturday morning. A consultation with an Internal Medicine Doctor may be beneficial to patients with complex disease processes or varied and unusual symptoms that have yet to be diagnosed. Our Internal Medicine Doctor’s services include ultrasound, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy and chemo therapy.
Referral appointment for cardiology services at CRVS are typically available on Wednesdays, although our Cardiologist is available to our hospitalized patients for emergency consultations. Cardiology referral appointments are made with Dr. Rausch directly. Please contact him at 503-869-1136 to schedule a cardiology appointment at CRVS.
Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early for your first visit to complete paperwork with our receptionist. This can also be completed prior to arrival if you wish to print it out by clicking on the link for New Client Form. Please bring your pet, prior medical records, x-rays and any lab work with you. Your family veterinarian will supply these records to you at your request.
Initial consultations are typically 30 minutes to one hour in length. If additional diagnostic or therapeutic treatment is performed your pet may require a short stay with us or hospitalization.
The doctor will recommend and discuss treatment options with you. Our goal is to create a plan that works well for you and your family, and provides the best possible outcome for your pet. The doctor will assist you in your decision-making, ensuring all of your questions are answered thoroughly. A detailed treatment plan estimate of each option will be provided so that you are fully informed of related costs and have the knowledge you need to make the right decision for your pet.
Our goal is to keep you completely informed about your pet’s condition and progress. We will also communicate with your family veterinarian regarding findings, recommendations and treatment of your pet’s condition.
Payment for your initial consultation along with any tests, procedures or medications is due after you have discussed and agreed upon on a written treatment plan with the doctor. Any balance or refund due will be settled when your pet is discharged from the hospital. Payment options include cash, major credit cards and CareCredit.