General Information


What sets us apart: AVS’s team of 30 veterinarians (including 20 board-certified specialists) over 85 nurses, assistants, and administrative staff have been providing to you and your loved ones the highest quality of medical and surgical care for over 25 years.

Specialty Services Available: AVS has specialists in the areas of orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, radiation and medical oncology, medical and surgical neurology, radiology (inclusive of ultrasound, MRI and CT Scan), dentistry, behavior and physical rehabilitation.

Surgery: AVS’ surgical team performs orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. Some of the orthopedic procedures performed include: total hip replacements, fracture repairs, and surgery for cruciate ligament injury. Soft tissue surgeries include a broad variety of thoracic and abdominal procedures as well as reconstructive surgery often performed in the treatment of cancer. AVS also performs minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopy and arthroscopy.

Internal Medicine: Our internal medicine service includes the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, urogenital and hematological illnesses. Some of the symptoms that your pet may be demonstrating include: inappetance, fever, anemia, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, or disorders of the urinary tract. Internal Medicine can also perform a number of endoscopic procedures which include: gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, and foreign body removal.

Medical and Radiation Oncology: The oncology service at AVS offers the highest quality of care for veterinary cancer patients in Florida. Our facility provides advanced cancer diagnostics including scintigraphy and cross sectional imaging such as MRI and CT Scans. We have compiled a team of doctors and technicians trained to provide compassionate and comprehensive care focusing on a multi-modality approach using the most advanced combinations of surgical, medical (chemotherapy), immunological and radiation therapy to ensure the best possible outcomes for individual cancer patients.

Neurology: The neurology service diagnoses and treats medical and surgical conditions related to the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Common symptoms that present to our neurologists include: paralysis, loss of balance, seizures, deafness or exercise intolerance.

Radiology: The radiology service performs many non-invasive and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures including: radiography, ultrasound, MRI, CT-Scan and nuclear medicine. These services allow the specialists unique, non-invasive opportunities for evaluating various diseases.

Dentistry: Our dentistry department provides services to both dogs and cats for various diseases/procedures: Broken teeth, stomatitis, oral cancer, TMJ disorder, fractured jaws, complicated extractions, malocclusions, cleft palate, gum disease and crowns.

Physical Rehabilitation: The physical rehabilitation program features an underwater treadmill. Physical rehabilitation speeds recovery and improves strength following surgery. Whether walking or swimming, our patients benefit from the added buoyancy and resistance the warm water provides.

Charitable Work: AVS provides discounted veterinary care to Canine Companions for Independence, Greyhound rescue organizations, and Houndhaven.

At Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS), your pet is seen by a veterinary team with a great amount of collective knowledge and expertise. The individuals who make up this team have different levels of training and are at varying milestones in their careers. We define each type of veterinarian at our hospital so you can feel confident that everyone caring for your pet is qualified as well as compassionate.

What is a Veterinary Specialist/Diplomate? How are they different from my primary veterinarian?

In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists are similar to their human medical counterparts in that they have completed an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 4-5 years training). A Specialist must also pass rigorous examinations to achieve Board Certification. Veterinary Specialists bring a greater understanding in the area of surgery, internal medicine, oncology, neurology, radiology, dentistry and behavior, and have a greater knowledge of the unusual, the uncommon, or rare in small animal veterinary medicine. Not only will a Specialist have additional training and knowledge, but they will commonly have diagnostic equipment not generally available to your family veterinarian.

What is a Resident?

Upon graduation from veterinary school, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is granted, and after national and state board exams are passed, a veterinarian can practice medicine. For those veterinarians who wish to gain more experience or become board-certified in a specific field of medicine or surgery, they complete a one-year internship and go on to a residency program in their chosen area of interest.

What is an Intern?

A veterinary internship is usually completed within the first few years following completion of the DVM degree. Most internships are one year in length and all facets of clinical and academic practice are available. Internships can be offered with private practices or academic settings. Internships provide a new graduate with the skills and experience to qualify for residency programs, improve clinical judgment, and provide mentorship.

What is a Veterinary Technician?

AVS has Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary Assistants to help you and your pet receive the best care. Some duties of a Veterinary Technician/Assistant include: Day-to-day nursing care, inducing/monitoring anesthesia, lab sample collections, surgery prep/assistance and more. Each is rigorously trained and continually evaluated. You can rely on the competency of all our team members.