The veterinary medical services at Foster Hospital
for Small Animals are staffed by a team of
board-certified faculty specialists, residents, interns,
senior veterinary students, registered veterinary
technicians and veterinary assistants.
During your animal's visit, you will be greeted by a
senior veterinary student, who will ask you a series of
questions regarding your pet's illness (if applicable),
housing, vaccination history, diet and other relevant
information. You may .nd the senior clinician or
resident asks similar questions, which provides for a
more thorough approach. All exams are performed
under the supervision of or by a veterinary specialist.
Please note that after giving your pet's history in an
examination room your pet will first be examined by
the student, then by the specialist, resident or intern.
After the examination, a care plan will be made for
further diagnostics or treatment. The veterinary
specialist will discuss this plan and the associated
estimated cost with you at this time. While we do our
very best to try to explain your companion animal's
recommended care plan, we encourage you to ask
questions and seek clarification if our medial
assessment or the estimated costs are not clear.
In certain situations your pet may need additional
testing which may require another appointment or
an overnight stay, depending on specific procedures
your pet will need.
At the conclusion of your appointment, we will provide
you with written discharge instructions that will detail
the results of your animal's examination and any next
steps that will need to be taken by you and your
primary care veterinarian. If follow-up appointments or
medications are necessary that information will also be
included in the discharge orders.
We pride ourselves in the thoroughness of our
veterinary care and the education we provide future
veterinarians. During peak times, the wait at our
hospital may be a bit longer than what you might
experience at your referring veterinarian's office.
Behind the scenes, each of our patients receives the
advantage of carefully orchestrated, team-based care
led by board-certified veterinarians, residents, interns,
dedicated staff and students who are energized to
provide the very best in quality, compassionate care.
Be assured that we will do everything we can to
expedite your visit. We encourage you to please let
our reception staff know if you have been waiting
longer than 15 minutes after check-in.
Similar to other veterinary providers, payment is due
at the time of service. We also require all inpatient
and some outpatient services to leave an initial
deposit prior to admission/treatment. If you have any
questions regarding our payment policies, please call
our accounting department at 508-839-7938.
At the end of your appointment or consultation, we
will ask you to wait in the lobby until our client
services staff calls your name to receive your
payment. The staff member will give you any
medications prescribed and a copy of your discharge
orders. Please check to see you have everything with
you including any medications, collars and leashes
before leaving the hospital.