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Charleston, SC — The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) has awarded its highest certification to West Ashley’s Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, making it one of a select few Level I Certified Veterinary Hospitals in the nation and the only facility in the South Carolina to attain this designation.

David B. Sachs, Emergency Veterinarian and Medical Director of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, who received the certification last week, said its purpose is “to recognize those hospitals that meet the extremely high standards and guidelines published by VECCS with goals of raising the standard of veterinary care while also increasing public and professional awareness of emergency and critical care providers.”

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center’s Department of Cardiology is pleased to announce the addition this week of Peggy Sayer DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology). Appointments with Dr. Sayer are available as of May 8th, 2013. We are thrilled to have Dr. Sayer joining our team and hope you’ll think of CVRC when an appropriate cardiology case comes into your practice.

Dr. Sayer has been honored with multiple awards for service and teaching during her internship and residency. Her background includes research focused on the effect of the drug pimobendan on the renin angiotensin system.

Peggy Sayer, DVM, DACVIM

By Alan E. Green with Dr. Jean Frazho

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Dr. Jean Frazho to our Mercury readers. Dr. Frazho is a gifted and talented board certified surgeon and the newest member of our CVRC family.

As veterinarians, one of the most common orthopedic issues we see is rear-leg limping or as we say, lameness. For those of you with working and sporting dogs, understanding the problem and the solution is most critical to the long-term performance of your dogs, and their return to normal function. It is important to appreciate the details of addressing lameness what we in veterinarian circles call cruciate ligament disease and treatment.

By Alan E. Green

I am hopeful that many of you have been enjoying the contributions that the doctors at CVRC have provided during the last year. We take extreme pride in the knowledge, abilities and enthusiasm for teaching that our staff possesses.

Part of the mission of CVRC included not only excellence in patient care but a dedication to education. Another part of our mission was an intense focus on client (you, the pet owner) communication and service. The way you feel during a visit to the veterinarian, or your own physician for that matter, is extremely important, and unfortunately both in veterinary and human medicine, frequently overlooked.

By Alan Green

As we enter a new year, we at CVRC are grateful for all the support we have had from the local veterinary and pet owning community. Our commitment to excellence in medical care, service, and education is unwavering.

 It gives me great pleasure to introduce this month’s guest contributor. Dr. Jason King is a board certified veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon. A South Carolina native, Dr. King has been with CVRC since we opened. He has helped pets from throughout the Southeast, as well as volunteering his time to assist our local South Carolina Aquarium.

The topic of Exercise Induced Collapse is pertinent to our canine companions, and especially our sporting breeds.

Dr. Green & Jerry

By Alan Green

For many pet owners, and especially those of you who have sporting dogs and are outdoors a lot, heartworm disease is a potential killer that you need to be aware of. This disease is a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. These worms eventually grow in the chambers of the heart and great vessels. This month’s contributor is Dr. Peggy Sayer. Dr. Sayer is a board certified veterinary cardiologist here at CVRC, and she sees and treats this disease frequently. The good news is it is a highly preventable disease.

By Alan Green

Although greyhound racing is a controversial topic, the fact is that as long as it exists, it is important to have doctors that are experienced and understand the unique nature of these noble and magnificent dogs, and their injuries.

Like any athlete, they need the very best care possible due to sport specific injuries. I am proud to reintroduce our surgeon, and this month’s contributor, Dr. Jennifer Au. As a former assistant professor at Ohio State University and current role as surgeon at CVRC, her experience with greyhounds, as well as all aspects of orthopedics is unsurpassed in our region.

By Dr. Alan Green

These are exciting times at CVRC. Last month you met Dr. Jennifer Au, our lead surgeon in our Center for Orthopedics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Her explanation of osteoarthritis was comprehensive. This month, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Dr. Artise Stewart, a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner.

Dr. Stewart works hand in hand with our surgical and neurological departments assisting patients to regain function as quickly as possible. We believe the advantage of having our new Department of Rehabilitation enables your pets to have the added benefits and expertise to allow them to heal and return to normal activity faster and with less pain.

By Dr. Allen Green

For those of you who have undergone surgery recently, there is a high likelihood that it was performed via a technique known as minimally invasive surgery. The advantages of this technology are numerous and we offer it at our Center for Orthopedic and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

We are pleased to inform you that our guest veterinarian contributor this month is one of our surgeons, Dr. David Dycus. Along with routine soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, both of our surgeons, Dr. Dycus and Dr. Au, are highly skilled in the use of minimally invasive techniques.

By Dr. Allen Green

For many pet owners, there can be confusing amounts of information regarding so-called alternative therapies. The good news is both human and veterinary medicine have become more open to non-traditional options in healing, from physical therapy and rehabilitation to an exciting new field called regenerative medicine.

I am thrilled to introduce CVRC's newest surgeon, Dr. David Dycus. Dr. Dycus has done much research in this new and exciting field and shares some important information for you this month.

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