Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.

Veterinary medicine is widely practiced, both with and without professional supervision. Professional care is most often led by a veterinary physician (also known as a vet, veterinary surgeon or veterinarian), but also by paraveterinary workers such as veterinary nurses or technicians. This can be augmented by other paraprofessionals with specific specialisms such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and species relevant roles such as farriers.

Veterinary science

Veterinary science helps human health through the monitoring and control of zoonotic disease (infectious disease transmitted from non-human animals to humans), food safety, and indirectly through human applications from basic medical research. They also help to maintain food supply through livestock health monitoring and treatment, and mental health by keeping pets healthy and long living. Veterinary scientists often collaborate with epidemiologists, and other health or natural scientists depending on type of work. Ethically, veterinarians are usually obliged to look after animal welfare.

Deepwood Veterinary Clinic

  • Top Toxins of 2015
    The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Call Center (APCC) tracks each and every call made to their 24-hour diagnostic and treatment hotline. The results have been tabulated: in 2015, for the first time ever, the hotline received more calls from owners and veterinarians regarding pet ingestion of over-the-counter medications […]
  • Food for Thought
    If you or someone you love has food allergies, we urge you to read this article by Dr. Amy Goulart, written for the Veterinary Information Network News Service. Dr. Goulart describes how ingredients that are common antigens for children and/or adults are increasingly being found in pet foods […]
  • Springtime Safety Tips
    The dogwood trees are blooming and robins are out and about – spring has arrived! While you and your pets enjoy milder temperatures and longer days, we suggest that you also keep these springtime safety tips in mind, courtesy of the ASPCA:   Spring has sprung, and with […]
  • Canine Influenza Update
    There are currently two viral strains primarily responsible for causing influenza (flu) in dogs. These Canine Influenza Viruses (CIVs) are H3N8 and H3N2.   Overview H3N8 is a previously-known strain of CIV that was first identified in 2004, and caused outbreaks of dog flu in the […]
  • Integrative Medicine
    Deepwood is pleased to offer our patients the benefits of alternative medicine services using an integrative medicine approach. Our medical providers work together to provide patients with cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and customized Chinese herbal remedies. We can assist you in selecting alternative treatments to improve […]