VETERINARIANS

We recognize and value our partnership with each primary care veterinarian

COLLABORATIVE APPROACH

W e believe in a collaborative approach, where knowledgeable veterinarians with a passion for excellence work together to deliver excellent patient care.  We consider primary care veterinarians to be essential to this team approach to excellence.  Our goal is to provide advanced diagnostic and treatment expertise for patients with complicated health conditions or in need of urgent care so that they can return to the care of their family veterinarian with the best possible outlook for an excellent quality of life.  Beyond this commitment to patient care, we are also committed to supporting primary care veterinarians through continuing education and consultation.

Referrals

Patient referrals can be made via online submission, by phone (404-924-2000), or by fax. Our Referral and Scheduling Coordinator is available at extension 112 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm for your convenience. Referrals can be made any time online, by fax or by dialing 0 to reach a Customer Service Representative.

If you would like to discuss a case with any of our doctors, please let us know.  We are happy to discuss any case with you prior to referral.

Please transmit all pertinent medical records, laboratory work and radiographs prior to your pet owner’s appointment.  We will review all previous diagnostic tests prior to evaluation of your patient.  Having this information prior to your patient’s appointment allows us to better understand your patient’s medical history and prevents the need for unnecessary repetition of diagnostic tests.

Follow-Up

Patient follow-up:

You will receive a Patient Summary by fax immediately upon discharge of your patient from our facility. Copies of pertinent laboratory work will be included. If there is additional information pertinent to patient care and ongoing management that is not included in the Patient Summary, the attending doctor will contact you by phone.

If there are pending laboratory tests, you will receive these when available by fax along with doctor assessment and recommendations for treatment and follow-up. Whenever possible, pet owners will be directed to return to their primary care veterinarians for follow up monitoring and treatment. In the case of complicated medical conditions requiring ongoing management by our specialists, you will receive regular updates regarding your patient.

Routine Healthcare

Routine healthcare cannot be provided at Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists. Pet owners will be referred back to their primary care veterinarians for immunizations, dental prophylaxis, flea/tick/heartworm/parasite prevention, refill of previously prescribed medications and all routine healthcare needs.

Continuing Education

We are proud to offer a combination of medical and veterinary business related continuing education topics to our primary care community throughout the year.  To be placed on our CE announcement list, please email tmeers@sfvs.com.

Consultations

Our Internal Medicine Specialists and ER Doctors are are happy to consult with primary care veterinarians regarding patients in their care.  If you need advice on a challenging or difficult case, please call us.  You may contact Laura Lucas for an available doctor or call us directly at our extensions.

Referrals and Scheduling:

  • 404-924-2000 x-112

Internal Medicine:

  • Dr. Jennifer McCown x-127
  • Dr. Paula Levine x-106
  • Dr. Laura Smallwood x-110
  • Emergency Doctor on Duty x-115

Oncology 

  • Dr. Jessica Thiman x-136

Surgery

  • Dr. Laura Barbur x-135
  • Dr. Derek Kopecky x-105

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Dr. Tasha Axam x-130