The College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota provide a variety of services for veterinarians, from consultations with specialists to diagnostic services, continuing education, and more.
Refer a patient
With 16 specialty areas, state-of-the-art equipment such as a 3-T MRI, CT, and linear accelerator, and 24/7 availability, the Veterinary Medical Center is here to help with especially complicated cases.
612-626-8387 (VETS) 24-hour emergency service
Referral-only for pets in the Apple Valley area: Veterinary Referral Center
Rehab Referral Form
Referral Guide for DVMs
Advanced Veterinary Imaging Direct (AVID)
Our Advanced Veterinary Imaging Direct (AVID) service offers area veterinarians an opportunity to send their patients to the Veterinary Medical Center for outpatient imaging services (such as ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI scans, routine special procedures such as upper airway exams, upper GI studies, intravenous urograms, etc).
Radiologist Radiographic Consultation
Our board-certified radiologists are available to review radiographs or other imaging procedures performed at your clinic or elsewhere.
For clinics not part of Veterinary Hospital Association (VHA)
Review our FAQ sheet on submitting radiographs for consultations. Fill out and submit your request form to the Medical Imaging Department. NOTE: Our radiologists will only accept DICOM images for interpretation. For diagnostic reasons we are unable to review JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, or other image formats.
If you have digital technology, you may also want to consider signing up for our teleradiology service through DVMInsight.
For VHA clinics
Meet referring vets
Dr. Mike McMenomy
Owner, Kitty Klinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dr. Mike McMemomy, a 1969 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, was named 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the Alumni and Friends Society Board at the college. He has referred cases to the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) since he first started practicing at the Kitty Klinic 45 years ago.
His VMC referrals seem to come in waves, he says, but he estimates that he refers a difficult case every couple of weeks. They’re almost always emergency cases or cases that require some form of advanced diagnostics, such as CT scans or MRIs.
Recently, one of his patients had neurological symptoms, and he referred the client to the VMC’s Neurology Service. Headed by Dr. Alistair McVey, a board-certified veterinary neurologist, the Neurology Service has special equipment such as MRI and electrodiagnostic machines to diagnose and treat neurological problems—equipment that would be cost-prohibitive for most smaller veterinary practices.
I consider the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center an extension of my own practice. They’re excellent.—Dr. Mike McMenomy
McMenomy isn’t shy about extolling the benefits of the VMC for veterinarians as well as clients.
“I tell my clients that we are so lucky to have these wonderful board-certified specialists at our doorstep,” he says. “It’s comforting to know that I can send difficult cases to the VMC to get the treatment they need. As a Minnesota veterinarian, I’m grateful to have a great resource like the Veterinary Medical Center, which enables me to offer my clients the absolute best in veterinary care. The VMC is a tremendous asset to the veterinary community.”
Dr. Nikki Burk
Co-partner, South Hyland Pet Hospital, Bloomington, Minnesota
Dr. Nikki Burk is co-partner at South Hyland Pet Hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota, a 30-year-old practice where she has been a veterinarian since she finished vet school at the University of Minnesota in 2001. In 2004, she became a co-owner with Dr. Mark Lehnert, also a CVM alumnus.
The practice focuses on complete companion animal care as well as advanced dentistry, exotic pet medicine, laser surgery, and animal rehabilitation. Dr. James Libby, the former owner of the practice, was a mentor to Burk.
“He was way ahead of his time when it came to advanced services and creating a culture that was all about the client,” Burk says.
I send a lot of cases to the U.—Dr. Nikki Burk
Burk is still very active with the VMC, having worked with a number of the clinicians in ICU, emergency, dermatology, oncology, and neurology.
“Dr. Christine Lim was recently very helpful with one of my emergency ophthalmology cases,” Burk says. “I have also referred cases to Dr. Sheila Torres in dermatology, Dr. David Polzin in internal medicine, Dr. Jody Lulich in urology, and Dr. Margaret Root in theriogenology. I send a lot of cases to the U.”
She has also assisted in teaching dentistry laboratories for veterinary students at the college and serves on the college’s admissions committee.
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides quality diagnostic services, including necropsy, bacteriology, clinical chemistry, electron microscopy, serology, endocrinology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and toxicology.
College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are studying new treatments for diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis, and rely on referrals from veterinarians in the community. By participating in a study, animals are often able to obtain treatment their owners otherwise couldn’t afford.
We offer a variety of continuing education programs, from simulcast lectures and online programs to international conferences. Topics range from companion animal medicine to dairy and swine production to the management of captive raptors.
Are you a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine? If so, you are a member of the CVM Alumni and Friends Society! Get involved, check out the calendar of upcoming alumni receptions, sign up for the Mentor Connection Program, and let the college know what’s new with you.