Beacon Veterinary Specialists is home to three veterinary practices formerly known as Ohlone Veterinary Emergency, Veterinary Orthopedic and Surgery Service, and Veterinary Internal Medicine Service. In 2016, we came together as one practice to better reflect the collaborative nature of how we care for our patients.
We pay particular attention to the comfort and safety of all patients by ensuring:
- A thorough physical examination
- Advanced anesthetic monitoring – if necessary – by licensed veterinary technicians
- Around the clock nursing care
- A veterinarian is at the hospital at all times
And for the families of our patients, we offer:
- A team of compassionate and experienced animal health care professionals
- An intention to ease your fears, answer your questions, and help you every way we can
- A recommended plan of treatment with estimated costs
- Timely communication to keep you informed if your pet is hospitalized
- Coordination with your veterinarian for follow up care
When your primary care veterinarian’s clinic is closed, or your pet needs advanced care by a board-certified specialist, count on Beacon. We’re here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What Makes a Specialist?
To be considered a specialist, one must pursue significant additional training from an accredited program after graduating veterinary school. This typically includes a one-year internship, followed by a two to three-year residency in a particular medical discipline. Gaining acceptance into a residency-training program can be quite competitive, therefore only those with the highest academic and professional achievement gain entry. In addition to the clinical training, a veterinarian may also publish original research and pass a series of rigorous examinations to earn this designation.
Once all qualifications are met, they have earned the title of Diplomate. This “D” will appear before the acronym of the organization from which they completed their studies. For instance, our surgeons, are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – look for the DACVS after their name. Our internists, are Diplomates of the American College of Internal Medicine – look for DACVIM after their name, etc.