Internal Veterinary MedicineThe specialists in the Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals Internal Medicine Department are trained to diagnose and treat disorders affecting all systems of the body: gastrointestinal, urinary, hematologic, hepatic, endocrine, and respiratory systems. Our internal medicine veterinarians often evaluate the most complex cases, those most difficult to diagnose and therapeutically manage. This extensive experience, combined with a high level of skill, allows us to offer pets the ultimate in quality veterinary medicine.
Experience in Advanced Diagnostics
Using the most advanced diagnostic technology, our veterinarians work alongside multiple specialists to evaluate patients. This multidisciplinary approach provides a unique and comprehensive benefit to all patients. Our medical team gains a fuller understanding of your pet’s condition to better diagnose the source of discomfort.
Diagnostic tests and procedures available to our patients include:
- Bone marrow evaluations
- Critical care management
- CT scan, digital radiography
- Endoscopy and feeding tube placement: bladder, airways, GI tract
- Transfusion medicine
- Ultrasonography with biopsies
Experience in Treating Complex Diseases
Pets living with a wide variety of diseases and conditions are under the care of our internists.
AFFECTED SYSTEMS - COMMON DISEASES TREATED
- Endocrine - Diabetes, thyroid, and Cushing’s disease
- Gastrointestinal - Inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis
- Infectious - Leptospirosis, tick-borne diseases (Lyme), viral (FIV), and fungal (aspergillosis)
- Kidney and urinary tract - UTI & FLUTD
- Respiratory - Asthma and pneumonia
- Hematology - Immune-mediated diseases, anemia, and platelet disorders
Due to the complexity of cases seen by this department, our internists spend a great deal of time educating our pet owners about diagnostic and treatment options. This process has several benefits: it allows pet owners to select treatments in the best interest of themselves and their pets; it fosters a commitment to treatment recommendations through a supportive environment; and it enables pets to enjoy a higher quality of life.
WHAT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY INTERNIST?
Board certified internists are specialists who focus on diagnosing and treating diseases of the internal systems. In addition to completing undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school, board certified internists complete an internship and residency in their specialized field, an additional three to five years. This is followed by a rigorous examination from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), which oversees specialties in cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, and neurology. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM). The area of concentration is then placed in parenthesis after that title. For example, DACVIM (Internal Medicine).
The ACVIM believes veterinary specialists bring a greater understanding in these fields and have a greater knowledge of unusual, uncommon, and rare disorders in both large and small animals.