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Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham

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Welcome New Clients!

We know that preparing your pet to visit a specialty hospital can be stressful.

We also know how stressful and frightening it can be if your pet has an emergency. That’s why we work to provide the most attentive and compassionate care possible, to put you at ease from the moment you arrive to our hospital.

*Emergency hours are listed below. Specialty appointments are available Monday-Friday 8AM to 6PM*

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What to Expect on Your First Visit

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by one of our receptionists, who will assist you in completing our check-in procedure and who will ensure that we have all the required information needed on your pet.

After this stage is completed, one of our trained veterinary assistants will lead you into an exam room. Here, you’ll meet one of our specialty doctors or emergency veterinarians who will take a thorough history of your pet’s health and perform a physical examination.

Once the physical examination is complete, we will present a diagnostic/therapeutic treatment plan personalized for your pet. We will discuss the prognosis, provide a cost estimate for the suggested procedure and answer any questions you may have.

Please bring all available medical records.

While we will communicate directly with your primary veterinarian to obtain your pet’s records, this ensures that we have comprehensive records for your pet on the day of their specialty appointment.

Upon discharge, a summary of your visit will be sent to your primary veterinarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

Browse Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham's catalog of frequently asked questions and learn more about what to expect on your next visit.

Where are you located?

We are located at 146 Resource Parkway just off of Highway 280.

Turn between Logan’s and Whataburger and you will find us next to the Holiday Inn Express.

How do I know if my pet needs emergency care?

If you think your pet is having an emergency, you are probably right. Pets cannot tell us what is wrong and sometimes it is hard to tell.

Please visit our Emergency page for a list of common emergencies that require immediate care.

What is a board-certified specialist?

Board-certified specialists have undergone additional specialty training beyond the normal four years of veterinary school.

In addition, certification requires passing all parts of a multiple-day test. Our hospital has board-certified surgeons and ophthalmologists.

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How can I make an appointment to have my pet evaluated by a specialist?

See your family veterinarian for an initial evaluation. If your veterinarian determines that your pet is in need of our expertise, he/she will refer you to our practice. You do not need an appointment for after-hours, weekend or holiday emergency care.

How much does an appointment cost?

After an examination and consultation with one of our doctors, costs associated with any further diagnostics and surgeries will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity of the case.

We accept all major credit cards, cash, CareCredit and Scratchpay.

What should I bring with my pet for the evaluation?

  • Copies of recent X-rays, bloodwork, and medical records.

  • All current medications, prescription and over-the-counter.

    • (Make note of the scheduled times for the next doses.)

  • Any special medically-required diet.

Are there pet-friendly hotels near the hospital?

Yes! The Holiday Inn Express is located next door and will allow pets if they have an appointment at Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham.