I have been providing animal healthcare since I founded Nakayama Veterinary
Hospital in 1974. Society’s perception of animals, such as cats and dogs,
has changed over the years. Today, pets are widely viewed as “companion
animals,” and pet owners expect more advanced medical care than ever before.
As pet owners’ expectations increase, so have advancements in veterinary
medicine and equipment. As a result, the lifespan of cats and dogs in Japan
has steadily increased over the past 10 years. It is great for us to be
able to provide advanced medicine to pets, and it is our task to be at
the forefront of veterinary medicine. However, the advancement of veterinary
medicine does not replace veterinary skill and knowledge. Improving my
surgical skills is a good example. On top of solid skills and knowledge,
daily practice is required for attaining quick, yet precise, surgical skills.
I have trained more than 75 interns and young veterinarians, teaching them
basic skills and knowledge while, as a group, practicing the most advanced
When I was an intern, I was fortunate to be trained by my mentor—a highly talented and skilled surgeon. Even after founding my own hospital, I never stopped learning new skills and improving my knowledge through interaction with various influential veterinarians from many countries. Without their input, it would not have been possible for me to master many advanced medical and surgical skills, and successfully manage various challenging cases.
Nakayama Veterinary Hospital is run by myself, as a president, hospital
manager, Dr. Hiroshi Tanaka (26-year continued service), chief staff, Mr.
Kenji Otsuki (33-year continued service), assistant director, Dr. Masahiko
Kitamura (19-year continued service), ten other highly-experienced veterinarians,
six veterinary licensed technicians, one laboratory technician, and office
staff. I am very proud of my successful team, as we work great together.
We also share the same priority, which is to maintain good relationships
with clients. We all believe communication is vital to provide the best
care for our patients and clients.
We also contribute to the advancement of veterinary medicine by conducting a variety of clinical and benchtop research and publishing our results to a range of internationally recognized journals. We also present our unique clinical experiences and findings, as well as introduce our newly-developed diagnostic and treatment procedures and patented equipment at a number of national and international conferences. These contributions have been highly acclaimed by veterinary associations, and the appreciation we have received from many veterinarians has inspired us to contribute to and advance our veterinary society.
Although we would like to provide care for pets and their owners at all times, we appreciate your understanding of hospital hours as staff health and life balance is also of great importance to us. Lastly, we always appreciate your comments and requests to improve our hospital and services. We faithfully promise that we will keep working for our patients and clients to provide the best care and supply happiness and enrichment to our society.
Masanari Nakayama, DVM, PhD,Dipl.JCVS