At Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital we provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care available in a kind and compassionate environment. In addition to the general American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation held since 1963, we became one of the first hospitals in the United States to be accredited through the new AAHA Referral Standards in 2008. AAHA referral accreditation validates that a specialty practice is meeting the highest standards in the profession. We are now accredited in Internal Medicine - Small Animal, Emergency & Critical Care, Surgery, Radiology and Feline & Canine Practice. Our board-certified specialists understand how important your pet is to you and value the commitment you make in seeking a higher and more advanced level of care. Be assured that every doctor and team member your pet encounters is dedicated to making their visit both pleasant and successful.
We will make the time to discuss diagnostics, treatment plans, costs and your pet's progress at every step. Clear and concise communication is our priority.
Our center is vibrant and alive with the energy of people who are renowned in their respective fields, and enthusiastic about what they do. For over 20 years our work has been nationally recognized as the 'standard of care' for treating the most specialized and difficult animal health problems. We continually update and enhance our procedures, equipment and facilities.
Our doctors are leaders in their particular veterinary specialties. Through lectures and published articles, they share their groundbreaking work with veterinarians around the country and the world. In our teaching hospital we help train the next generation of outstanding veterinarians.
Veterinarians, like human doctors, sometimes prefer to specialize in a particular area of veterinary medicine. To do this, they complete an additional three or four years of training beyond veterinary school. For example, a veterinarian who wants to specialize in surgery or internal medicine will compete for a one-year internship immediately following veterinary school. Approximately 30% of the top graduating veterinary students are accepted into internships. The internship year exposes them to a wide variety of medical and surgical cases under the guidance of board-certified specialists, with additional classroom training. When finished with the internship, they again will compete for acceptance into a two or three year residency-training program focused on their particular area of interest. The residencies are highly competitive with only 25% of applicants being accepted. These training programs are located at universities and veterinary teaching hospitals such as Colorado State University or Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Some of the specific residency programs include the specialties of surgery, internal medicine, emergency and critical care, cardiology, neurology, dermatology and oncology. The residency programs provide for advanced clinical study under the supervision of board-certified specialists in their field, graduate level classroom study and clinical or basic science research.
Upon completion of the residency program, the veterinarian must take and pass rigorous examinations given by the specific specialty group before they are designated a Board-Certified Specialist and granted Diplomate status by their specific specialty College. Diplomate status signifies a commitment to continued and advanced study in the specific area of specialty as well as mentoring veterinarians in training and serving as a resource for general veterinarians.
At Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, the various skills of our specialists are utilized regularly to jointly determine the best way of addressing a particular problem. This allows us to have a unique team approach to diagnose and treat animal health problems. This collaboration of resources always includes the referring primary care veterinarian. The result is the most effective treatment possible for the animal you love.
Primary care veterinarians are welcome to refer patients to Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital for diagnosis and treatment or to obtain a second opinion of a specific medical, surgical or dermatologic problem. We feel it is important to have the patient’s complete medical records including radiographs, blood tests results and ultrasound reports. We, in turn, will communicate our findings to the referring primary care veterinarian so the records can become part of the patient’s permanent medical history. Once the diagnosis and treatment are completed, we will recommend that the pets return to their primary care veterinarians for any further care.
Our facility was designed to allow our team to work efficiently, while maintaining the ability to provide our patients with the highest level of comfort and care. We are proud to feature an impressive array of the latest resources, technology and equipment including:
• a CT scanner and MRI
• digital radiology
• three operating suites
• an endoscopy and laparoscopy suite
• an ultrasound and two radiology suites
• one isolation, one critical care and two recovery wards
• two treatment areas
• an on-site blood bank
• a complete in-house laboratory
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