Did you know that veterinarians can specialize in a specific species? According to the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) – the veterinary specialty organization that certifies veterinarians – there are currently 11 different areas of specialty. These specializations include a wide variety of animals such as birds, dairy cattle, and our favorite, cats!
When a veterinarian has been board-certified, the certification ensures outstanding skill, knowledge, and competency in the species of their interest. Most practicing veterinarians are not board certified. A veterinarian board certified by ABVP has shown they are capable of providing a level of medical care that is clearly well above the norm of the profession.
Board-Certified Cat Specialists in Ohio
In the State of Ohio, there are 5 board-certified feline veterinarians. There are only 3 in the Columbus area, one of whom is our own Dr. Janet Cohn! You can check out the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ complete list: http://www.abvp.com/diplomate.
It is not easy to go through the certification process. Here are the steps to become board certified:
- Graduate from a veterinary school accredited by the AVMA
- Complete 6 years of clinical practice experience
- Devote a minimum of 3 years towards preferred specialty
- Direct involvement with multiple case studies
- Satisfactorily complete board examinations
Overall, the veterinarian must demonstrate a thorough mastery of feline-specific medical conditions and prevention techniques. According to ABVP, “the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence.”
Benefits of Receiving Expert Treatment
By having a board-certified feline veterinarian as your cat’s doctor, you are being given specialist-level care at each visit and during each procedure. We know cats are unique and need to be given the same level of care and respect as other animals. As a proud member of this select group, Dr. Cohn is committed to giving your cat the very best care possible, just as s/he deserves.