WHAT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST?
A Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist is a veterinarian that has undergone additional training after becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Similar to human medical specialists, veterinary specialists have completed internship and residency programs (an additional 4-5 years of training after becoming veterinarians). Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists must then undergo and pass rigorous standardized examinations and also must have a publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine oversees the training and grants certification.
WHY DOES MY PET NEED TO SEE AN INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST?
Your family veterinarian may determine that your pet’s illness is very serious or beyond their ability and resources thus referring you and your pet to an Internal Medicine Specialist. We work closely with your family veterinarian as part of a team that helps to treat your beloved family member.
A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist treats common and uncommon diseases of the internal body systems in dogs and cats. Our goal is to provide excellent care that focuses on quality of life. When a diagnosis is uncommon, complicated, or undetermined, an Internal Medicine Specialist may provide assurance by confirming that the diagnosis and treatment plan are accurate. If a diagnosis is elusive or if treatment is not effective, the Internal Medicine Specialist may be able to determine the diagnosis and adjust the treatment to improve the patient’s condition. Some conditions are curable and other conditions are considered chronic yet manageable. The Internal Medicine Specialist would then direct the long term treatment plan for chronic illnesses, with follow up testing and treatment adjustments as needed.
Our Internal Medicine Specialists diagnose and treat disorders of the urinary tract (kidney, bladder and urethra), endocrine (pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and other hormonal diseases), gastrointestinal, liver, pancreas, hematologic (blood and circulation) and respiratory systems. We routinely treat infectious diseases, organ failures, and immune system diseases (such as when the body “attacks” its own organs or other systems) both in their acute (sudden) and chronic stages. Regardless of the severity or complexity of the disease or the age of your pet, we are here to make sure that you have an accurate diagnosis whenever possible, specific and effective treatment, and careful long term monitoring, if needed, to enhance the quality of your pet’s overall health.
Once your pet is suspected to have developed a complicated disease or illness, our team of Internal Medicine Specialists focuses solely on figuring out the “who, what, where, why and how” of your pet’s illness. Often this requires advanced diagnostic testing to be performed in collaboration with our other board-certified specialists and your family veterinarian.
OUR DIAGNOSTIC CAPABILITIES INCLUDE:
- Ultrasonography with state- of- the- art equipment and training
- Ultrasound-Guided (minimally invasive) Tissue Aspirates and Biopsies
- Endoscopy of the Esophagus, Stomach, Intestine, Colon, Nose, Lungs, Urinary and Reproductive Systems
- Special Radiology Procedures
- CT (“cat”) Scan Procedures
- Esophageal and Gastric (stomach) Foreign Body Removal
- Balloon Dilation of Esophageal Strictures
- Blood & Plasma Transfusions
- Feeding Tube Placement
- Bone Marrow Aspirate and Biopsy
- Joint Fluid Collection
- Critical Care of the Severely Ill
- Many other specialized investigations as needed
We are here to provide the information you will need to understand and treat your pet’s illness. With our 24 hour facility and excellent nursing staff, we provide the supportive care your pet needs during an illness. We are staffed with a Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist seven days a week to provide the best care for your pet. By operating 7 days a week, our Internal Medicine service can work closely with other specialists in our hospital, including Critical Care, Urgent Care, Surgery, Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology and other ancillary specialties. We provide direct and open communication with your family veterinarian to make sure your pet is treated as a special, beloved member of the family!