Debra Henderson

BSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Dr Henderson
Veterinary Specialist
Internal Medicine
Dr Henderson

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2008

Board Certified:

DACVIM (SAIM)

Graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her in Small Animal Internal Medicine at VCA C.A.R.E. Centre in 2008, she became board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Henderson has been practicing at VCA Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre since 2009.

She is licensed to perform radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism in cats. Special areas of interest include diabetes, hyperthyroidism, other endocrinopathies, hepatic, renal and immune-mediated disease.

Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Service has the expertise and specialized technology to diagnose and treat your 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
  • Respiratory Disease

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

Western Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Centre

1802 10 Avenue SW

Calgary, AB T3C 0J8

Main: 403-770-1340

Fax: 403-770-1344

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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