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Primary Care Veterinarians:

Primary care veterinarians play a pivotal role in the landscape of veterinary medicine, serving as the frontline advocates for the wellbeing of animals. These veterinary professionals are often the first point of contact for pet owners, providing essential preventive care, wellness checks, and early disease detection. Importantly, primary care veterinarians can also serve as guides to introduce pet owners to veterinary specialty medicine. By referring cases to specialists, primary care veterinarians ensure that animals receive the highest level of care, tailored to their specific needs. This collaboration between primary care veterinarians and specialists is known as the Triad of Care and is a symbiotic relationship that leads to better outcomes for clients and their pets. Through this interconnected network of expertise, we can collectively advance the field of veterinary medicine and offer the best possible care to our patients.

Why is the Triad of Care important?

The Triad of Care is a collaborative partnership made up of the animal owner, primary care veterinarian and veterinary specialist and can be thought of as a system that works to streamline the efficiency of communication for your patients. Here are some of the ways that the Triad of Care can benefit you as a primary care veterinarian:

  1. ACVIM’s Board-Certified specialists provide practical solutions that enhance patients’ care.
  2. Their support opens new doors for your business. You’ll confidently treat complex cases involving neurology, cardiology, oncology and internal medicine conditions.
  3. Bringing in a specialist to consult on a case is in the best interest of the patient and the animal’s owner. Early insights in the process help primary care practitioners prevent a decline in their patients’ health and the possibility of more extreme or expensive interventions later.
  4. Animal owners want access to a range of choices including specialty expertise. Ninety-one percent of primary care practitioners say that owners appreciate being offered a referral to a specialist.

Together with a Board-Certified veterinary specialist and pet owner, you can help create the best triad of care for the patient. Find a veterinary specialist in your area using our search tool on


1ACVIM Member Engagement Survey - Corona Research, June 2013

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 Ninety-five percent of primary care veterinarians surveyed say their   experiences are positive when partnering with ACVIM Board-certified specialists.1


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