Welcome home. Vet Specs may not be your traditional home, but it’s home to us, and we want it to feel like home to you. We look at this building and the people who work here, as more than just a general, emergency or specialty practice. This is where our family works together each day, 24/7, to make sure your furry friends receive the highest level of care. When you walk through our doors, you will be greeted by familiar smiling faces, a relaxing environment for both you and your pet, and the comfort of knowing you are in the best of hands.

Our Story

Veterinary Specialists of CT originated in 1937 as a dairy farm, started by Dr. Doug Laitinen, Sr. He and his son, Dr. Doug Laitinen, Jr., successfully ran the dairy farm and started seeing patients out of the milking barn- which was converted into a building, and is now our beautiful general practice. In the late 1970’s, the Laitinen’s sold the cow pasture to the town of West Hartford, who built William Hall High School on the land. This is where our story begins.

In 1985, our founders, Drs. Berzon, Knaak, and Gustafson wanted the freedom to practice medicine of the highest quality. Their vision brought to life Vet Specs (Veterinary Specialists of CT), a practice established to meet your expectations as a pet owner, while providing your pets with the care, love, and special attention they deserve.

Over the past 30 years, Vet Specs has built a solid reputation as a hospital offering not only state of the art care, but a staff with a genuine passion for pets. Customers come from around the country because they know their furry family members will receive the best care possible. Whether that care is provided by one of our general practitioners, emergency veterinarians or board-certified specialists, you and your beloved pet will be treated as a member of our family.

We pride ourselves on the expert staff and advanced services we offer. With some of the world’s best primary, emergency and specialized care veterinarians, we can offer state of the art comprehensive medical, surgical, dental and rehabilitation/post-surgical care. Our broad spectrum of services includes diagnostic procedures, an in-hospital surgery suite, in-house digital x-ray and MRI capabilities, a dedicated physical therapy facility, and much more. Whether your pet is in need of a general wellness visit, emergency care attention, more intense diagnostics, or even water therapy, our family at Vet Specs promises to be here for you day or night, through the good and bad.

Here at Veterinary Specialists of CT, our home is about more than just top quality veterinary care. We are dedicated to working with you to keep your pets happy and healthy for many years.