An affiliate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine
1207 Highway 182 W, Suite D
Starkville, MS 39759
The Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC) is a satellite facility located at Premier Health Complex in Starkville,MS and is affiliated with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
VSC provides expert veterinary care for your pet. Just as your family physician may refer you to a specialist when you need advanced or specialty care, your family veterinarian may suggest that your pet needs to be seen by a specialist at VSC. Currently, our center offers advanced imaging such as MRI and CT scans, radiation therapy using a linear accelerator, and advanced neurologic and ophthalmologic care for your pets. The advanced imaging equipment allows doctors see an internal view of animals without the use of invasive procedures.
Our dedicated medical team uses their specialized skills to provide the best possible care for your pet. If your pet has a brain tumor, traumatic spinal injury, a cataract or other ocular trauma, our staff works closely with pet owners and referring veterinarians to ensure optimal treatment and case management.
Care does not end after diagnosis and treatment at our center. We keep referring veterinarians informed from start to finish, and communicate with them about the cases they have referred to us so they can keep clients on treatment plans after we have provided care. We also provide practicing veterinarians a second opinion on their more difficult cases.
Because VSC is affiliated with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, patients can be assessed and diagnostics can be performed at our facility, and then the pet can be easily transported to MSU-CVM for surgical procedures. The pet stays under the care of a VSC specialist and the surgical team can utilize the college’s Animal Health Center staff, including anesthesiologists and radiologists.
ANDY SHORES, DVM, MS, PhD
Dr. Shores received his DVM from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a small animal surgical residency at Purdue University and a neurology/neurosurgery residency at Auburn. The author of more than 100 scientific publications, Dr. Shores’ clinical interest is spinal and intracranial surgery. Dr. Shores has recently been recognized among the first group of veterinary neurologists to receive the ACVIM Neurosurgery Certificate of Training and is a founding member of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Shores makes frequent mission trips to Honduras and his wife and he share their home with their gato, Elsa.
CAROLINE BETBEZE, DVM, MS
Dr. Betbeze received her DVM at MSU-CVM and completed her Master of Science degree and residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Betbeze is board certified in the specialty of veterinary ophthalmology. She has practiced veterinary ophthalmology for over 10 years and has extensive clinical expertise to offer the highest level of eye care for all species. Commonly treated diseases include dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, and corneal diseases. Dr. Betbeze also performs surgeries such as cataract, eyelid, and corneal surgery for pets. Her professional interests include developing new teaching techniques for veterinary students and interns, as well as researching ocular pain control, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and ophthalmic surgeries for animals.
MICHAELA BEASLEY, DVM, MS
Dr. Beasley received her DVM from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her Master of Science degree and rotating small animal internship at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her master’s research focused on extended release Keppra® in canines. Her neurology/ neurosurgery residency was split between Auburn University and Mississippi State University. She also holds the ACVIM Neurosurgery Certificate of Training. Dr. Beasley’s menagerie includes a cat, horse and donkey.
TALISHA MOORE, DVM
Amanda Penney, CVT
Ashley Whitten, ST
Referral Coordinators and Cinical Support:
Tara Chandler, CVT
Ryan Gibson, DVM