What Is the Job of a Veterinary Internist?
A veterinary internist’s additional education and training allow them to specialize in areas of veterinary medicine such as:
- Infectious Disease
- Reproductive Medicine
- Respiratory Medicine
These specializations allow internists to assist veterinarians with especially difficult or puzzling medical cases. With their additional knowledge, internists are often asked to examine a patient’s medical records (clinical symptoms, history, lab tests, or diagnostic imaging) to help determine a diagnosis or proper treatment plan. Veterinary internists might also be called upon to offer a second opinion, perform complex diagnostic testing, or specialized treatments.
What Do Veterinary Internists Treat?
Veterinary internists specifically work with and treat patients with acute and chronic systemic diseases and medical issues associated with the internal organs, such as:
- Asthma, Bronchitis, and Pneumonia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease or Failure
- Infectious Diseases (tick-borne illnesses and others)
- Thyroid Disorders
Endoscopic Procedures with a Veterinary Internist
Veterinary internists receive special training to perform all types of endoscopic procedures. While a patient is under general anesthesia, endoscopic procedures use a small camera to view a patient’s internal organs and structures in order to assist with reaching a diagnosis, taking a biopsy, or performing a minimally invasive surgical procedure.
Why Choose Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital?
At Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital, we work with a mobile, board-certified veterinary internist who performs all of our endoscopic procedures when we need them. With advanced, specialized training in veterinary examination, diagnosis, and endoscopic procedures, our veterinary internist is not only qualified, but also experienced, providing your pet the highest quality of care. To learn more about veterinary internal medicine and endoscopic procedures performed at Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital, contact our office today.