Kirsten Thornton

BVMS, Dip ACVIM
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Internal Medicine
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Dr. Kirsten Thornton completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Guelph, Ontario, in 2003. She subsequently pursued her veterinary degree in Perth, Australia, graduating with honours from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS) in 2007. Upon returning to Ontario, Dr. Thornton completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at our Hospital. After completing the internship, Dr. Thornton worked in Mississauga in both general practice and with the emergency service at our Hospital.

Dr. Thornton returned to our Hospital in June 2011 to commence an ACVIM approved three-year clinical Internal Medicine Residency. As part of her residency program, she researched the benefits of routine blood and urine testing in healthy cats and dogs with the goal of making recommendations on the best timing to perform testing based on a pet’s age and breed.

Dr. Thornton obtained board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.
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Internal Medicine

ADVANCED MEDICAL CARE FOR YOUR PET

Our Internal Medicine Department is committed to providing advanced medical care by experienced, board-certified doctors and compassionate support staff. Our internal medicine specialists have extensive training in diagnosing and treating diseases affecting your pet’s internal systems. Your appointment will include a detailed history, performing a thorough physical examination, and then formulating an appropriate diagnostic plan. Once a diagnosis has been achieved, an individualized therapeutic plan is devised and reviewed in detail with you. Ongoing support for both you and your family veterinarian is provided as needed.

COMMON REASONS THAT PROMPT A REFERRAL TO AN INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST:

  • Acute or chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  • Anemia (low red blood cell count, pale gums)
  • Consultation on endocrine disease such as diabetes or cushing’s disease
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Foreign body ingestion or inhalation
  • Laboratory and imaging abnormalities
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormalities with urination or drinking
  • Undiagnosed masses
  • Weight loss

OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:

  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hematologic (Blood System)
  • Hepatic (Liver) and Pancreatic
  • Immunological (Immune System)
  • Infectious diseases
  • Renal (Kidney)
  • Respiratory
  • Urogenita

PROCEDURES THAT WE ROUTINELY PERFORM INCLUDE:

  • Arthrocentesis (Joint Tap)
  • Aspirates and Biopsing
  • Blood Pressure Assessment
  • Bone Marrow Sampling
  • Bronchoscopy and Bronchoalveolar Lavage (Scoping of Airways)
  • Cystoscopy (Scoping of Urethra and Urinary Bladder)
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Biopsy
  • Fecal Biotherapy
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Foreign Body Retrieval via Endoscopy
  • Diagnostic Testing for Nasal Disease
  • Radiography and Interpretation
  • Rhinoscopy (Scoping of the Nose)
  • Ultrasonography
  • Urohydropropulsion
Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital

2285 Bristol Circle

Oakville, Ontario L6H 6P8

Main: 905-829-9444

Fax: 905-829-9646

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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