Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine For Pets In New England

Internal medicine specialists (internists) are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Internists utilize specialized diagnostics, including advanced imaging (endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, advanced imaging, MRI) and extensive laboratory testing to diagnose complex medical conditions. Because of their advanced training and experience managing complicated medical conditions, patients with uncommon, difficult to manage, or multiple coexisting medical conditions benefit from the care of an internist.

The internal medicine specialty encompasses a wide range of conditions and body systems, and their services include evaluation and treatment of:

  • Gastrointestinal disease (vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia)
  • Hormonal conditions (including diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease)
  • Respiratory conditions (chronic cough, asthma, pneumonia, collapsing trachea, laryngeal disease)
  • Hematologic conditions (disorders of blood cells) and immune system disorders
  • Liver diseases
  • Urinary tract diseases (including kidney and bladder conditions)
  • Cardiac (heart) diseases
  • Neurologic diseases (disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves)
  • Infectious conditions (bacterial, viral, fungal, and tick-borne diseases)
Internal Medicine For Pets In New England

Specialized diagnostic tests performed by internists include:

  • Endoscopy
    • Upper GI (biopsies and foreign body removal) and colonoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy (trachea and bronchi)
    • Rhinoscopy (nose and nasal cavity)
    • Cystoscopy (bladder) and vaginoscopy
  • Laparoscopic biopsies
  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tap
  • Spinal tap
  • Joint taps
  • Tracheal wash and bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided biopsies

Specialized therapeutic techniques performed by internists include:

  • Feeding tube placement
  • Nasal fungal treatments (trephination)
Internal Medicine For Pets In New England

The internists at OSVS have the benefit of an in-house clinical pathologist who can often evaluate blood samples, bone marrow, spinal fluid, and biopsy samples on the day they are obtained. This collaboration can lead to a more rapid diagnosis than would be available if samples were sent to an outside laboratory.

The Internists at OSVS:

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists works with referring veterinarians to provide specialized and emergency care. If you believe your pet would benefit from the internal medicine services provided at OSVS, please speak to your family vet about a referral.