Internal Medicine Services
What is a Board Certified Internist?
Internal medicine veterinary specialists bring a greater understanding in treating diseases of the internal systems in dogs and cats. Internal medicine clinicians are capable at creating a complete picture of your pet’s health issues by collecting as many pieces of information from medical history, clinical signs, lab testing and imaging studies.
A board certified internal medicine veterinary specialist completes several levels of education similar to their human medical counterpart in that they complete 4 years of veterinary school and become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), complete a rotating internship in medicine and surgery, a residency program, and then pass a rigorous board certification test. This is all an additional 3-5 years of training. This board certification is given by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
VETMED internists use advanced diagnostic and imaging technology to better understand underlying diseases. For instance, ultrasound is used to visualize the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidney, pancreas, and bladder. Endoscopy is often used to examine and collect specimens from the airways, stomach, small intestine, colon, and nose–or to retrieve something a pet has swallowed, making surgery unnecessary. We also offer minimally invasive biopsy of the liver and pancreas through laparoscopy.
The ACVIM encourages animal owners to obtain a referral from their family veterinarian whenever possible. This ensures the proper transfer of medical information and is beneficial to the animal and the veterinary specialist and will help your companion receive the best care possible.
Conditions and illnesses we often diagnose and treat:
- Bleeding or clotting disorders
- Chronic breathing problems
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cushings disease or other hormonal problems
- Chronic urinary infections or bladder problems
- Liver disease or elevated liver tests
- Chronic vomiting
- Kidney failure
- Intestinal disorders
- Persistent diarrhea
- Unexplained weight loss
Services we provide:
- Endoscopy – an evaluation of a stomach and upper small intestine
- Colonoscopy – an evaluation of the colon and lower intestine
- Bronchoscopy – an evaluation of the vocal cords, trachea and lungs
- Cystoscopy – an evaluation of the reproductive tract and bladder
- Rhinoscopy – an evaluation of the nose and potentially sinuses
- Lithotripsy – bladder or kidney stone ablation
- Cerebral Spinal Fluid Taps
- Joint Taps
- Bone Marrow Aspirates of Biopsy
- Ultrasound or Sonogram
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scans
- Interventional Radiology
Why Refer to Internal Medicine
Learn about why your pet has been referred to Internal Medicine, and the specialist procedures available at VETMED. Read now >
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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