Specialty Medicine

At Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties, we understand that your pet is a special member of your family that deserves quality care, no matter what their condition. When your special pet needs services outside of your regular veterinarian's expertise, you can count on the specialists at Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties to offer compassionate care in a variety of specialties including cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, surgery and acupuncture.

Our specialists work in tandem with you and your regular veterinarian to find the best solutions for your pet's care. Our practice is focused on dogs, cats and other small mammals.

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Veterinary cardiologists diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and circulatory system. From congenital birth defect repair to medical management, pacemaker implants and advanced imaging, veterinary cardiologists work to extend the quality of life for pets young and old. If your primary veterinarian suspects your pet may have a heart condition, he/she may refer you to a board certified veterinary cardiologist like those on staff at Pet Emergency Treatment and Specialties.

Doctors of Cardiology:

Dennis Burkett, VMD, PhD, DACVECC, DACVIM
Ellen Davison, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)


Veterinary dermatologists specialize in treating conditions or allergies involving the skin. Though rarely a threat to your pet's life, skin conditions can be very frustrating to treat. Your primary veterinarian will be well-equipped to treat most skin disorders, however, there are cases that require different therapies or modalities. Our dermatology specialists can work with your primary veterinarian to develop additional treatment options.

Doctors of Dermatology:

Kevin Shanley, DVM, DACVD

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Internal Medicine

Veterinary internal medicine specialists, also known as internists, focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that involve the internal organs of animals. Our Internists are familiar with a variety of systems throughout the body and how they work together for overall health. These systems can include the endocrine, urogenital, immune, lymphatic, respiratory, gastrointestinal and renal systems. Internists practice non-invasive procedures and do not perform surgery.


Veterinary oncologists are involved in the treatment of cancer in animals. Whether your pet has been previously diagnosed or cancer is suspected, a veterinary oncologist offers a variety of treatment options to prolong your pet's life and preserve their quality of life as well. Our veterinary oncologists utilize similar treatment options that are indicated for human cancers, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation treatment and photodynamic therapies. Recent advancements in treatment options can help reduce your pet's pain, lengthen the survival period and may even result in complete recovery in many cases.

Doctors of Oncology:

Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Kristin Kicenuik, DVM, ACVIM

PETS Oncology Service is Excited to Offer Tanovea-CA1 For Our Lymphoma Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it's given conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. The FDA said the active ingredient in Tanovea-CA1 is rabacfosadine, a substance that kills rapidly growing cancer cells.

Tanovea-CA1 must be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian because professional expertise is needed to correctly diagnose lymphoma in dogs, determine the best treatment, and manage potential side effects. Tanovea-CA1, which comes in a concentrated form, is diluted and given into a vein over 30 minutes. The infusion should be given by or under the supervision of a veterinarian experienced in chemotherapy.

The "CA1" in Tanovea-CA1 means the drug is conditionally approved. Only animal drugs intended for minor species, such as ferrets or fish, or for minor uses in a major species, such as to treat certain types of cancer in dogs, are eligible for conditional approval. Tanovea-CA1's conditional approval means that when used according to the label, the drug is safe and has a "reasonable expectation of effectiveness" for treating lymphoma in dogs.

At PETS, our oncology service is excited to add this agent to our current list of drugs to treat lymphoma. Dr Clifford has a great deal of experience with Tanovea, having been a investigator as part of clinical trials for the past several years and has treated a large number of patients. If you have any questions regarding the drug or patients that may be eligible, please contact us.


Veterinary ophthalmologists specialize in treating diseases and conditions of the eyes. Whether your pet requires surgery to remove eyelid masses or needs treatment for glaucoma or more than 40 other eye conditions, our specialists are trained to utilize the latest technology to care for your pet's eyes.

Doctors of Ophthalmology:

Brady Beale, VMD, DACVO

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Veterinary radiologists are trained to administer and interpret a variety of tests and scans to help diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Our veterinary radiologists utilize the latest equipment including x-rays and ultrasound. As specialists, veterinary radiologists are trained to interpret the subtle signs of disease that generalists might miss. This expertise is invaluable to properly diagnose conditions and prescribe the proper treatment.

Doctors of Radiology:

Van W. Knox IV (Rafe), VMD, DACVR


Veterinary surgeons specialize in performing surgery on a variety of animal species. Our specialty surgeons practices include but are not limited to soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. They perform Kyon TTA & Total Hip, and TPLO and Tight Rope surgeries for the cruciate deficient stifle. Our surgery department is also certified in the Biomedtrix Total Knee Replacement. They also perform minimally invasive orthopedic (arthroscopy, ACL, & fracture fixation), soft tissue surgery (gastropexy, ovariohysterectomy, bladder stone removal, etc), and thoracoscopy procedures (lung biopsy, pericardectomy). Our surgeons offer life-saving emergency surgeries and injury repair surgeries to ensure the health and well being of your pet.

Doctors of Surgery:

Carlos Hodges, DVM, MS, PC
Brian Bretz, DVM, DACVS


Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.


Pamela Datsko, DVM, AVIS