Our board-certified internists and our nursing staff have extensive experience dealing with complex and challenging cases involving the endocrine, gastrointestinal, urinary and hematologic systems. Typically, pets are referred to VSH’s internists with problems that are hard to define and involve multiple body systems.
GI disease, respiratory diseases, complicated endocrine diseases as well as diseases of the liver, kidneys and lower urinary tract are among the most prevalent cases seen by our internists.
The procedures our internists frequently perform are:
- Upper GI endoscopy
- Lower GI endoscopy
- Bone marrow aspiration
- Bone marrow biopsy
- PEG tube placement
- Esophageal feeding tube placement
- Endotracheal wash
- Transtracheal wash
What is a board-certified internal medicine specialist?
An internal medicine specialist has undergone additional training after veterinary school including an internship and residency in internal medicine. This additional training takes between 3 and 5 years to complete. The specialist must also pass rigorous examinations to achieve board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
Meet our internists:
What to expect at your first visit:
When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out a new patient form if you have not already submitted one through our website.
A veterinary technician will then escort you and your pet to an examination room.
One of our board certified specialists will review your pet's history with you, look over any prior medical records including laboratory work and radiographs and perform a complete physical examination. During the consultation we will discuss all aspects of your pet's medical condition, address your concerns and work with you to determine the right course of treatment based on our initial assessment and conversations with your primary care veterinarian. We want to provide the best treatment possible for your pet and respect your wishes and goals.
Expect this initial consultation to take 30 minutes to an hour however, you may be asked to leave your pet for the rest of the day depending on the tests that may be needed. We feel this process is the best way to give you the most accurate information about your pet's medical condition, the prognosis, options for care and the potential costs associated with treatment.