Second, as any doctor knows, some cases call for training in a specific type of medicine. "There's a big difference in treating a wound and treating congestive heart failure," Maeshiro says. In most emergencies, a versatile trauma doc would have the best shot at providing care.
Third, some animals might be too exotic. The bodies and systems of mammals like dogs, cats, pigs and cows have some resemblance to humans', so a doctor would at least have an idea where to start, Maeshiro says. "But if someone comes up to you with a snake. . ."