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The Difference Between a Veterinary Hospital and a Veterinary Clinic

By January 29, 2020 PETCARE Blog

The real answer: essentially there is no difference between a veterinary hospital and a veterinary clinic. It is all about personal preference when the owner designs the building and decides on a name for the clinic.

When it comes to differences between veterinary facilities, it comes down to the area of focus or specialty.

Areas of focus includes:

  • Small animal, primarily dogs and cats
  • Large animal
  • Exotics, including pocket pets/reptiles/birds
  • Specialty clinics (typically these include board certified veterinarians w/ one area of focus – such as a dermatologist)
  • Emergency hospitals

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