What is a Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?
Just as your own primary care doctor might send you to a specialist to address an unusual or difficult problem, your family veterinarian may feel your pet requires a specialist to diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Veterinary Internal Medicine specialists have several years of advanced training in Internal Medicine beyond veterinary college. Board-certified Internal Medicine specialists have achieved the highest level of specialization in veterinary medicine that is possible. They have done both an internship and residency, published scientific publications and passed rigorous examinations therefore meeting all the criteria established by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Many years of concentrated training has focused their knowledge and skills to improve their ability to diagnose and treat the problem presented. Internists are sometimes called “the puzzle solvers of veterinary medicine.” In order to create a complete picture of a pet’s health issues, internists collect and match the many pieces of information they can glean from the patient’s history, clinical signs, lab results and imaging studies, and special testing.
Specialists work closely with your family veterinarian to help provide complete veterinary care for your pet by giving second opinions on difficult cases, providing specialized hospitalization and therapies if required and performing complex diagnostic procedures.
Consultations and outpatient diagnostics are available at our main facility in Hopewell Junction with board certified specialist Dr. John Broussard. For an appointment, please call Tara, our referral coordinator, at 845-223-8682. Or have your general practice veterinarian complete the form in the referral forms section of this website.
The Internal Medicine service at the Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of serious health problems of dogs and cats including:
- Metabolic diseases, such as pancreatitis
- Infectious diseases, such as tick borne and fungal diseases
- Endocrine disease, such as diabetes, Cushing’s and Addison’s disease, and hyperthyroidism
- Hematological disease, such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) and thrombocytopenia (IMT)
- Gastrointestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease, protein-losing enteropathy
- Liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis and hepatic lipidosis
- Renal disease, such as acute or chronic renal failure
- Lower urinary diseases, such as urinary incontinence and urinary tract infection
- Respiratory disorders, such as canine bronchitis and feline asthma
- Fever of unknown origin
It is very helpful if you can fill out our online questionnaire prior to your scheduled appointment.
Internal Medicine Services and Procedures
- High-resolution ultrasonography (abdominal, cervical, thoracic, appendicular) with fine-needle aspirates
- Endoscopy with high definition video
- Upper and lower gastroenteroscopy
- Foreign body retrieval
- Feeding tube placement, enteral and parenteral nutrition
- Bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage
- Computed Tomography (CT)