Making Appointments

APPOINTMENTS WITH A SPECIALIST:  Veterinarians and clients are welcome to call us anytime to schedule an appointment with a specialist in internal medicine, surgery, radiology/ultrasound, and critical care. We appreciate receiving a case summary before the appointment, including lab work and radiographs, when available. Our specialists are also available to you for phone consultations.

 

APPOINTMENTS FOR EMERGENCY AND URGENT CARE:  Emergency and urgent care visits are available at all times, seven days a week, with or without an appointment. For emergency and urgent care cases you are sending, it’s helpful for our doctors to speak with you directly to discuss your patient’s needs.

Whether you are referring a patient to us for a consultation with a specialist or emergency care, it is preferable to send the owner along with records and actual films or a CD with the DICOM images. Sending images in .jpeg format drastically reduces resolution and makes interpretation difficult. Please help us make the best care decisions for our mutual patients by sending DICOM images if possible.

 

RADIOGRAPH INTERPRETATION:

If you are a veterinarian wanting to send us radiographs for interpretation and a written report, you are welcome to submit images to the Radiology Department in the following ways:

  • DICOM images via DVMInsight
  • DICOM images via Heska/Idexx/RocketPACS/other PACS links
  • JPEG images via email (least preferable, hung correctly)
  • Film

DICOM images are preferred as the image quality is higher, but we understand that a DICOM format may not be possible. If you need to send the images as JPEGs, we ask that the radiographs be hung in the correct, standard orientation before sending, as this cannot be manipulated. If the JPEG images are not oriented correctly, you will be contacted to resubmit the corrected images. We do not accept photographs of radiographs for interpretation.

We strive to get the reports back promptly, but depending on our current caseload, they can take 1 to 7 days. If you need an interpretation within less than a week, we recommend submitting the study elsewhere, as we cannot guarantee a specific turnaround time. You are welcome to call the radiology department and ask us for an estimate of turnaround time.

We are not able to offer STAT interpretations at this time. 

Please call for current pricing information.

As always, we are available via email or phone and can help answer any questions that may come up. Again, thank you for your referrals—we appreciate our family veterinarians!

Hospitalization

A second opinion on a complex case can make a difference for your patient. Our board-certified specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Critical Care are available for phone consultations. You can receive an in-depth phone consultation and written report on the case by providing a case summary, lab work, and diagnostics. We strive for a 24-hour or less turnaround. There is no charge for brief phone consults;  a $45 charge applies for written reports or in-depth phone calls.

To request a consultation, please call us at (970) 800-1106. Four Seasons’ primary goal is to support veterinarians in providing the best possible care to patients.

We prefer to receive radiographs as DICOM files whenever possible. Images sent as .jpegs have poor resolution, which makes interpretation difficult.

Continuing Education

The doctors at Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists are dedicated to advancing the practice of veterinary medicine and sharing their expertise with the community.  Our specialists are available for a variety of educational opportunities for you and your staff, including:

  • Accredited Continuing Education:  any of our veterinarians can prepare programs to suit your interests for CE credit
  • Lunch and Learn:  informal talks in your office to review cases, discuss specific topics, or general Q & A
  • Radiology Rounds:  a great way to hone your radiology skills, get CE credit, and have your radiology cases evaluated

Four Seasons accepts veterinary technician students into our practice to help them gain valuable clinical experience.  During the six-week intern program, students rotate through the following services:  critical care (emergency medicine and intensive care), internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, and surgery.