Veterinary Internal Medicine


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A specialist in veterinary internal medicine (a “veterinary internist”) has fulfilled the requirements to be board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, including a 3-year residency and two rigorous examinations.


Veterinary internists deals with many aspects of disease. The main areas of expertise covered by internal medicine specialists include:

  • endocrine
  • gastrointestinal
  • hematologic
  • hepatic
  • immunological
  • infectious
  • renal
  • respiratory
  • urogenital
  • neoplastic disease

Common Procedures

Procedures that are routinely performed include:

  • arthrocentesis
  • aspirating/biopsing
  • bone marrow sampling
  • endoscopy
  • bronchoalveolar lavage
  • prostatic wash
  • ultrasonography

Certifying Body

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)