Insight Into What’s Happening Inside Your Pet
Often called the puzzle-solvers of veterinary medicine, internists are called upon to solve problems – from chronic conditions such as diabetes or an immune-mediated disease, to acute problems requiring an ultrasound or endoscopy to uncover the root cause.
Covering a broad range of diseases, we focus our practice on treating conditions affecting these areas of the body:
- hormone systems
– digestive organs
– liver, gallbladder, pancreas
Immunology and hematology
– immune system, bone marrow, blood
– lungs and airways
– urinary tract, bladder, and reproductive systems
If your pet needs to see an internist, we typically start with an examination including diagnostics. It is essential to reach a definitive diagnosis in order to administer the most appropriate treatment.
We have many tools available to assist us such as:
- CT scam
- ECG blood pressure evaluations
- Gastrointestinal contrast studies
- Laparascopic liver biopsy
- Ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies
To become an internist, a veterinarian undergoes additional training after completing veterinary school, including an internship followed by a three-year residency. During residency, the candidate is required to conduct original research and have it accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. He or she then sits for board examinations. Once they have satisfied all of these requirements, they earn the distinction of being a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, also called an internist. Visit the certifying organization ACVIM
for more information.