What to Expect at an Appointment

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The VMTH is the world’s leading veterinary teaching facility. Every patient visit includes a training opportunity for our students and resident clinicians. We strive to provide you and your pet the attention your case deserves. Please allow plenty of time for your initial visit. If diagnostics are needed to determine a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet, the appointment may take several hours, or if your pet has a complex case, it may extend into several days.      

The VMTH’s 34 specialty disciplines provide training opportunities to our resident veterinarians who are training to become board-certified specialists in a particular field of veterinary medicine (i.e. Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dermatology, etc.)

Upon your arrival at the veterinary hospital, you may park free in the spots designated “Client Parking” closest to the building. Please check in with our client services staff and register your car on the sign in sheet. You will then be met by a veterinary student who will escort you to an examination room. The student will introduce him/herself, gather a history of your pet's health record, and perform a physical examination on your pet.

Once the preliminary examination has been completed, the student will exit the examination room and present his/her findings to a resident and/or faculty veterinarian, who will then join you in the examination room to discuss your pet’s case. If needed, the student will also assist in obtaining samples for diagnostic tests, and will be involved in the discussion about how to best move forward with your pet’s care. Rest assured, all final medical decisions about your pet’s care will be made by our board-certified faculty veterinarians in conjunction with you. Our discussion with you of your pet’s case will allow us to identify a mutually agreed upon treatment plan that benefits your pet, but works with your lifestyle. Our team approach to your pet’s care is vital to the learning process for our veterinary students and residents.

We are grateful that you’ve chosen to help be a part of teaching the next generation of veterinarians.

Click here to see some of the house officer veterinarians you may meet at your appointment.

Click here to see some of the students you may meet at your appointment.