Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas

The Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas first opened its doors in March 2000, providing a state-of-the-art facility for five veterinary specialty practices to receive referrals of problem cases from veterinarians in general practice. These include Animal Dermatology Referral Clinic, Animal Diagnostic Clinic, Animal Ophthalmology Clinic, Animal Radiology Clinic, and Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center.

Prior to the Veterinary Referral Center, these well-established practices operated for several years in other locations. Animal Diagnostic Clinic and the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center were located near Spring Valley and Coit Road, while the Animal Dermatology Referral Clinic, the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic and the Animal Radiology Clinic saw patients in an office near Royal and Interstate 35E.

The idea of creating a single location for a group of independent veterinary referral practices came about when veterinary specialists Dr. Robert Barstad, Dr. Douglas Bronstad, Dr. Susan O'Neal, Dr. Robert Munger, Dr. Catherine Lustgarten, Dr. Robert Radasch, Dr. Darryl McDonald and the late Dr. Lloyd Reedy began to visualize a private practice setting with the sophistication, expertise and experience of a university referral hospital. They invited other specialists to join them in creating the Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas to offer multiple disciplines at a single location. Plans for the facility were developed over many months and construction was completed in March 2000. The veterinary specialists and their staffs created a facility called the Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas to accommodate the five referral practices under one roof. The facility houses practices that provide the highest level of veterinary care in dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, internal medicine, and surgery.

The practices in the Veterinary Referral Center of North Texas care for animals referred from veterinarians in general practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the state of Texas and the surrounding states. They serve in a referral-only capacity and view themselves as an extension of primary veterinarian practices.