Sarah Flint

Dr. Flint
Internal Medicine
Dr. Flint
Dr. Sarah Flint was raised in Calgary and completed her veterinary degree in 2005 at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Following her final year of veterinary school, she went on to complete a rotating small animal internship at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2006, she returned to Calgary and spent a year in general practice at 9th Avenue Animal Hospital and although she enjoyed her time there, decided to apply for an internal medicine residency. She was accepted into the internal medicine residency program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph in 2007, and as part of the residency, performed research evaluating immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and blood clotting in dogs. In 2010, she successfully achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and defended her thesis to obtain a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree. Following completion of her residency, she decided to move back to Alberta, and has been practicing here since September 2010.

Internal Medicine

What does it mean to be a Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A veterinary internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training in internal medicine following graduation from their veterinary college.

After graduation with a veterinary degree, internal medicine specialists complete a one-year small animal rotating internship, continuing to hone the clinical skills they developed in veterinary school. After successfully finishing an internship, these specialists must next complete a small animal medicine residency. This three-year program is an intensive graduate clinical training program intended to improve procedural skills, establish productive clinical research and refine their approach to diagnostic and therapeutic plans. The residency training culminates with a comprehensive examination covering all aspects of veterinary small animal internal medicine. Once these requirements have been fulfilled, the veterinarian is considered to be a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Small Animal internal medicine includes many sub disciplines including:

  • Gastroenterology (esophageal, stomach, and intestinal disease)
  • Hepatology (liver and pancreatic disease)
    Endocrinology (hormonal disease)
  • Infectious disease
    Urology (urinary tract disease)
  • Nephrology (kidney disease)
  • Respiratory disease (nose, airway, and lung)
  • Hematology and Immunology (blood cell and immune-disease)
  • Neurologic diseases
  • Cancer diseases

Some of the advanced tests, procedures, and treatments we offer include:

  • Abdominal or thoracic (chest) ultrasound
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy or bronchoscopy (endoscopy of the nose and lungs)
  • CT (or CAT) scans
  • Chemotherapy
  • Blood Transfusions


As with any of our specialties, internal medicine requires a referral from your primary care veterinarian. The partnership with our general veterinary practices provides the very necessary continuity of care to the patients for their ongoing health and wellness.

What to Expect

  • Our referral coordinator will contact you to set up an appointment with one of our board-certified internal medicine specialists.
  • A questionnaire will be sent to you for completion. This is an important step to get a detailed history of your pet to the internal medicine team. Please fill this online questionnaire out prior to your appointment.
  • We typically schedule evaluation appointments on weekday mornings and try to perform diagnostic tests the same day if possible.
  • In most internal medicine cases, we prefer the pet to come to his or her appointment fasted. Please offer no food after midnight, water is okay in the morning before you come to your appointment.
  • Once the evaluation is complete, a treatment plan will be discussed with you. If further procedures are required, please prepare to leave your pet for the afternoon.
  • When your pet is discharged, you will be provided with a detailed set of discharge instructions to help you understand what diagnostic tests were performed, your pet’s diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.
  • We will follow up with your veterinarian so that everybody involved in your pet’s care has up-to-date information.
Guardian Veterinary Centre

5620-99 Street

Edmonton, AB T6E 1V2

Main: 780-436-5880

Fax: 780-436-6222

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

Mon - Fri
8am - 4pm

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