Animal Emergency & Specialty Care

Veterinarian FAQs

Here are a few common questions that you may have about our hospital:

How does a veterinary specialist work with the family veterinarian?
The relationship between a specialty veterinarian and a family veterinarian is important.  Specialists are an extension of the family veterinarian, not a replacement.  We take cases that are beyond the scope of the family vet to help your clients and patients and then transfer care back to the family veterinarian.  We encourage all of our clients to return to their family veterinarian after their pets have recovered under our care.

How do I refer a patient to AESC?
Please fill out the Patient Referral Form and fax it back to us at 720-842-5060.   Including any blood work from the last six months is also extremely helpful.
How do you communicate with me when my patient is under your care?
After the initial consultation, if we need further medical history in order to help us make a diagnosis, we will call you for a consultation.  Whether we call for further information or not, we send a letter to you with information regarding the diagnosis and proposed treatment of your patient.  After your patient undergoes a procedure, we follow-up with you once more with a letter outlining how the procedure went and the recommended discharge instructions for a healthy recovery.

How do the emergency and specialty services work together?
If your patient requires overnight care after a specialty procedure, we automatically transfer that patient to our emergency team.  Conversely, in the case of an emergency, a patient will be automatically referred to the appropriate specialty team for further care, if necessary.  Our specialty and emergency teams work very closely to ensure a seamless quality of care for all patients.

If my patient comes in overnight for an emergency, can you transfer that patient to my care in the morning?
When an overnight emergency case comes to us, we may or may not recommend that the patient be transferred to our specialty team based on the prognosis.  We will always confer with you on this decision and request written approval before doing so.

How do I properly position for TPLO radiographs?
When positioning for a TPLO radiograph, make sure to have a lateral view of the stifle with the hock and stifle each held at a 90 degree angle.  The second view needed is with the patient sternal with the affected limb stretched out behind them.  The patella should be lined up with the metatarsus to ensure the leg is as straight as possible.