Do you know if your animal sees a specialist? - South Coast Veterinary Hospital, Laguna Niguel, CA

South Coast Veterinary Hospital - Laguna Niguel

30001 Town Center Dr. Suite 5
Laguan Niguel, CA 92677


Special animals, special situations, specialist care.

Why Choose Board Certified Dog and Cat Specialist (Diplomate)?


Entrust your animal's care to a board-certified specialist.Chances are your animal's doctor might never tell you, but you'd want to know: Your veterinarian is one of a very small group of doctors who have earned the title Diplomate from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) for Canine and Feline. Diplomate means the top level of education and expertise in ABVP veterinary medicine and surgery. In fact, your veterinarian is one of only 400 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad.

What does that mean? It means your veterinarian made a choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. This process can take a minium of three years to become ABVP certified, and certification means that a veterinarian ahs completed addtional studies and examination to become a board-certified specialist in clinical practice for a specific species. The motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence.

The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners(ABVP) offers certification recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 11 recognized specialties.

ABVP Diplomates have proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine.  Beyond that, they have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.



How does this affect you?

You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to provide the best possible care.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recognized that there are veterinarians with advanced knowledge and training in certain areas that qualify them to be recognized as specialists, just as there are in human medicine.

One of the areas in which the AVMA has recognized veterinarians as specialists is in the area of Clinical Practice. The board certified specialist in Clinical Practice has demonstrated a broad base of knowledge and experience in all the areas that affect the health and proper care of their animal patients.

The organization recognized by the AVMA to test and certify veterinarians as specialists in Clinical Practice is the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

The certification process requires the candidate to present extensive credentials to the examining board of the ABVP even before qualifying for testing. There is a comprehensive examination process, which tests the veterinarian's knowledge of current methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in the canine & feline specialty area. The actual qualification and examination process requires several years to prepare for and pass the examination. Veterinarians who successfully complete the certifying procedure are called Board Certified Specialist for Canine and Feline and Diplomates of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

 If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you very much.

Dr. Edward Song is the Board Certified Dog and Cat Specialist in Laguna Niguel, CA