Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Service has the expertise and specialized technology to diagnose and treat you pet while providing you with compassionate care and the best client service possible.

What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has completed an internship, 3 year residency program, passed board examination and met the credentials to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

• Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology
• Hepatology
• Pancreatology
• Immunology
• Infectious Disease
• Nephrology and Urology
• Nutrition
• Respiratory Disease
• Neurology
• Oncology

Specialists perform a variety of state of the art minimally-invasive procedures including gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy and bladder stone removal. Additional special procedures include radioactive iodine therapy, laser lithotripsy, ectopic ureter correction and feeding tube placement (see descriptions below).

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel that your pet needs a specialist with more intensive training to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated problem. Veterinary Specialists work in concert with primary care physicians to ensure the very best outcome for your pet.

What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat some of the most complicated diseases and health problems that affect pets. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets are coping with multiple concurrent disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also be suffering from kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with cancer. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases.

Common diseases that frequently lead primary care veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist include:

• Infectious Disease
• Endocrine Disorders
• Gastrointestinal Diseases
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Immune Related Disorders
• Kidney Dysfunction

Our Internal Medicine Team:

Debra Henderson, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Internal Medicine Specialist
Nessa Forde, BVM&S, MRCVS Internal Medicine Clinical Associate
Chantal McMillan, DVM, MVSc, DACVIM (SAIM) Internal Medicine Specialist
Serge Chaloub, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Internal Medicine Specialist

Our Internal Medicine technicians:

Dani Donison, RVT Internal Medicine Technician
Erin Phillips, RVT Internal Medicine Technician
Rachel Howett, RVT Internal Medicine Technician

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