Internists focus on diagnosing and treating diseases of the body's internal systems such as the gastrointestinal tract, liver and endocrine system, respiratory and urinary systems, and blood and lymphatic systems. As in people, a great number of medical disorders can affect our pets, including infection, immune disorders, and cancer. Most diseases are diagnosed by using a combination of careful history-taking, detailed physical examination, and specific diagnostic testing. Board-certified internists have an extensive and up-to-date knowledge base that aids in diagnosing and treating complex medical cases.

Our TVEH Board Certified Internists include Dr. Katrina Smith and residency trained and board eligible Dr. Robin MacRae. Both of our internists have extensive experience in managing a wide range of conditions.

They may use a number of diagnostic tools including:

  • Ultrasonography - thoracic and abdominal
  • Endoscopy - upper and lower gastrointestinal, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy and vaginoscopy
  • X-ray imaging and advanced CT and MRI imaging
  • Blood pressure evaluation and ECG assessment
  • Biopsy procedures including bone marrow biopsy and joint fluid sampling
  • Laparoscopy

As well, internists are experts in dealing with other medical challenges, such as:

  • Endoscopic foreign body retrieval
  • Placement of feeding tubes for at-home support
  • Cancer diagnosis and staging
  • Balloon dilation procedures for esophageal or rectal strictures

The Internal Medicine team works closely with your regular veterinarian in developing a plan for ongoing care for your pet. In addition, our entire team of specialists routinely collaborates on challenging cases to ensure the most comprehensive care.

If you think your pet might benefit from specialized veterinary care, please discuss possible referral with your regular veterinarian.

Our Internal Medicine Team

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