SOURCE: The Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson

The Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson

November 21, 2011 11:00 ET

Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson (VSCT) Offering Free Community Lecture on Valley Fever in Dogs and Cats on November 30th

TUCSON, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - As part of their monthly Community Pet Lecture Series, VSCT will be hosting a free November 30th lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. on what the pet owner needs to know to keep their dogs and cats safe from Valley Fever. The lecture will be given by Robert J. Vasilopulos, DVM, MS, Diplomate, ACVIM. To RSVP please visit, email your name and phone number to, or call Judith Gonzalez at 520-795-9955.

VSCT, in collaboration with the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, supports vital research on Valley Fever in dogs and cats by providing hospital facilities for case evaluations and clinical studies of new treatments and diagnostic tests. As such, VSCT provides the most up to date information and treatment on Valley Fever in Southern Arizona.

"Dogs and cats face many risks because of Valley Fever, so their owners must be proactive to ensure their pet's health," stated Dr. Barbara Gores, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Founding Owner of VSCT. "This complimentary lecture will provide them with a great deal of valuable information."

Valley Fever is caused by inhaling fungal spores in area soil or dust. Valley Fever is diagnosed much less frequently in cats than in dogs, although because cats tend to hide their illnesses, they usually get much sicker from the disease. Dogs raised from birth in Pima or Maricopa counties have a 28% chance of being infected with Valley Fever by two years of age.

Considered amongst the nation's leading specialty veterinary centers, VSCT delivers compassionate, comprehensive emergency and specialty care in the fields of Emergency and Critical Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, Oncology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging (MRI, CT, Ultrasound), Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapy and Behavior.

VSCT has won numerous awards, including:

  • 2011 Finalist, Business Growth, Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award
  • 2011 Hospital Design, Veterinary Economics Merit Award Winner
  • 2011 First Place, ASID Design Excellence Awards, Commercial Interiors Group
  • 2010 Community Service, Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award
  • 2008 Best Place to Work, Wells Fargo Copper Cactus Award
  • 2008 Outstanding Customer Service, Arizona Small Business Association SASIE Award
  • 2008 Arizona Companies to Watch, Comerica Bank Award
  • 2006 Hospital Design, Veterinary Economics Merit Award Winner
  • 2006 Best Mini Oasis Xeriscape Award, Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and
  • 2006 Best Vet, Annual Best of Tucson Award, The Tucson Weekly

Contact VSCT at 520-795-9955 or visit for additional information.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Peter Schwartz
    (520) 609-2921