Veterinary Technician Specialists at Hope VS


Veterinary Technician Specialists
Credentialed veterinary technicians who want to expand their knowledge may choose to become a specialist. A vet tech specialist designation (VTS) requires a huge amount of work on the part of the technician and can include such things as logging thousands of clinical hours, organizing and submitting detailed case logs, and passing rigorous exams.

Hope Veterinary Specialists is proud to boast we have four vet tech specialists at our referral hospital with a few others in the works. Word is out that we have developed a great mentor program for other nurses in the area to gain their critical care experience with us and apply for this certification. We weren’t surprised by this piece of information: we’ve known all along we are home to the most dedicated and experienced nurses around!

Technicians who choose to specialize have many options to choose from (thanks to for the list):

Recently, another of our Emergency Services nurses, Samantha Frabizzio, earned the designation of specialist from the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians after successfully submitting all required documentation and passing the exam. She joins the following staff members, who had previously earned this impressive title:

Brandy Terry, CVT (VTS, ECC)

Caryn McCleary, CVT (VTS, ECC)

Rachel Keyser, CVT (VTS, ECC)

Hope Veterinary Specialists strives to provide you and your pet with the best possible service, and if you’ve ever had the opportunity to interact with any our nurses, you know they are all compassionate, caring, and knowledgeable individuals. The VTS designation is that something extra that helps our nurses, and our hospital, stand out from the crowd!


The Blood Donor Program at HVS


There are many conditions that may necessitate dogs receive (whole) blood transfusions, including those who are hemorrhaging or have a clotting disorder. So that HVS is sure to have donors on hand when blood is needed (the shelf life of whole blood is just 4 hours!), we have our own in-house blood donor program.

To be a canine donor, dogs must

  • Have a good temperament
  • Weigh at least 50 pounds
  • Be between 1 and 8 years old
  • Be in excellent general health
  • Be available to donate 4 times a year
  • Be up to date on routine vaccinations
  • Be on heartworm and flea and tick preventatives

A dog will not be allowed to donate blood if he or she has been recently sick (coughing, sneezing, vomiting, having diarrhea) or has serious health condition; was or will be vaccinated within 4 weeks of the donation; has received a transfusion him- or herself; has had recent surgery (within 1 month); has donated a unit of blood in the previous 6 weeks; is in season, pregnant, or going to be bred; is on medication (other than preventatives); or is fed a raw diet.

All potential donors have their blood type determined, are given a complete physical exam, and are screened for metabolic and infectious diseases through the following blood tests: CBC/Chemistry, Babesia, Erlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme, and heartworm.

If accepted into the program, the donor dog goes on a list, and when another dog comes in who needs that donor dog’s type of blood, the call goes out and the dog comes in, giving blood for the sick dog’s tranfusion—and getting lots of love and gratitude in return.



Welcome to the Hope Veterinary Specialists’ blog. We’re glad you found us; after all, we’re here for you and your beloved pets 24 hours a day!

To begin, we have a new name. While our name used to be Animal Care and Specialty Group (ACCSG), a lot of people (mistakenly) knew us as the Veterinary Referral Center, or “VRC,” and that’s part of the reason we’ve started this blog: we thought it was high time you get to know the real us! And, to that end, we’ve changed our name to Hope Veterinary Specialists to better reflect our mission.

Here’s a bit more explanation: It’s true that Hope Veterinary Specialists (HVS) is currently located within VRC, but HVS is actually its own individual entity. Here is how it works: “VRC” is the overarching name of a building that houses several businesses, including those providing soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries to small animals, for instance. And, as we’ve mentioned, one of those individual businesses is HVS, formerly ACCSG, the region’s leader in advanced veterinary medical care for dogs and cats. That’s us!

We provide 24-hour emergency and critical care 7 days a week, along with a variety of board certified specialists to help your pet with his or her healthcare needs. From cardiology to dermatology, internal medicine to radiology, we have the skilled doctors and experienced nurses you need to put your mind at ease—and your pets in the best possible hands.

Check back here often for updates on HVS and our people, along with some other interesting post topics, too, including those featuring patient stories and updates, charitable information, disease explanations, pet health tips, and more.

While we hope you never need us, if you do, we’re here: 340 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern. And, you can reach us at any hour of any day at 610.296.2099.