Our board-certified specialists work with you and your veterinarian to manage your pet's complex injuries and diseases.
In addition to providing emergency and critical care services, we have a team of board-certified specialists available to provide specialty services including internal medicine, ophthalmology, and surgery. These specialists are available to provide advanced imaging diagnostics, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and cancer treatment, as well as other consultative services. With our 24-hour staffing, you can be assured of continual monitoring, pain management and care if your pet requires hospitalization.
Our specialists are available by appointment only and as a referral from your regular family veterinarian. Speak with your veterinarian if you feel your pet needs to be seen by a specialist. Internal Medicine Claire M. Weigand, D.V.M., DACVIM Dr. Weigand, a board-certified internist, is available for services including endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, oncology (i.e., chemotherapy), neurology, pulmonary diagnosis and treatment (chronic coughing), chronic urinary tract infection treatment, ultrasound, diagnosis and management of endocrine disorders such as Addison's and Cushing's, as well as chronic diseases such as kidney and liver failure. Dr. Weigandreceived her D.V.M. from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and completed her Small Animal Internship at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.She returned to Auburn University where she completed her Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1995.She received board certification in 2000.
Ophthalmology Petra A. Lackner, D.V.M., DACVO Dr. Lackner, a board-certified ophthalmologist, performs all types of medical and surgical ophthalmic procedures, such as cataract removal via phacoemulsification, laser surgery for glaucoma patients and electroretinograms (ERGs). Dr. Lackner has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a residency at Veterinar-Chirurgische Klinik der Universitat Zurich. She also completed a 2-year fellowship at the National Eye Institute (NIH) where her field of research was diabetic retinopathy. She has practiced at a specialty hospital in New Jersey for the past 10 years.
Surgery John A. Benson, D.V.M., DACVS Dr. Benson is board certified in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He has extensive clinical experience in bone and joint reconstruction, lameness evaluation, as well as oncologic and general soft tissue surgery. Specialty procedures include: TPLO, ACL reconstruction, patellar luxation, hip surgery and fracture repair. Specialty procedures encompass: head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, splenectomy, and reconstruction after complex mass removal. Dr. Benson received his veterinary degree in 1995 when he graduated summa cum laude from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. He went on to complete an internship at Sonora Veterinary Surgery and Oncology in Scottsdale, Arizona. Following the internship, he was accepted to a three-year residency program in small animal surgery at Tufts University/Angell Memorial. Following the residency, he completed a one-year fellowship in companion animal surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002.