BluePearl Pet Hospital
Stone Oak
San Antonio, TX
Internal Medicine

After-Hours Emergency and Specialty
ER Open:
Fri 8 am-Tue 8 am
Sat-Mon: 24 hrs
Tue-Thu: Please call ahead
By appointment

Pet internal medicine by BluePearl.

Solving the puzzle to help your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary internal medicine team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating diseases of your pet’s various body systems, and we’re here to help. 

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has an acute or chronic condition, you’ll have an entire internal medicine team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Respiratory diseases like asthma in cats or bronchitis in dogs
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus or Addison’s disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis
  • Liver diseases like hepatic lipidosis or cirrhosis
  • Kidney diseases such as chronic urinary infection or renal failure
  • Endocrine diseases, including Cushing’s disease or diabetes mellitus
  • Hematologic diseases like hemolytic anemia or thrombocytopenia
  • Infectious diseases such as leptospirosis or blastomycosis

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Blood/urine testing
  • Radiography (x-rays) 
  • Ultrasound
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsies

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our internal medicine team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Medication 
  • Nutritional support 
  • A variety of surgical options

Our board certified specialists and internal medicine team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our internal medicine team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Monica Chwala

Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Monica Chwala’s clinical interests include the treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, liver and kidney/urinary diseases, gastrointestinal disease and respiratory disease. She particularly enjoys the use of minimally invasive procedures to examine and treat many conditions, like urinary incontinence or stones.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology, Fox College, Tinley Park IL
  • Bachelor of Science, Finance, Economics, University of Illinois, Normal
Off duty

Dr. Chwala loves new experiences and adventures, meeting people, good food, horseback riding and sports. She has two Weimaraners, Lexy and Addie.

Stephanie Kennedy

Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Stephanie Kennedy has more than 12 years of experience in veterinary medicine, including work with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp. She enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but is especially interested in the evaluation of gastrointestinal disease, immune-mediated disease, infectious diseases and endocrine disorders.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Off duty

Dr. Kennedy’s favorite hobbies include traveling the world, hiking, scuba diving, experiencing new adventures and meeting new people.

Whitney Vickery

Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine
On the job

Dr. Whitney Vickery is deeply passionate about her clinical work, particularly nephrology and endourology. She finds great satisfaction in performing minimally invasive procedures to remove stones or treat ectopic ureters. Her interests also extend to endocrinology, feline medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases. Dr. Vickery values the collaborative relationship with pet parents, working together to achieve the best outcomes for their beloved animals.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Internship, First Year Graduate Veterinary Education, US Army Veterinary Corps, Fort Carson, CO
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Off duty

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Vickery is a loving wife and mother to three awesome kids. Her family includes two cats, Pippin and Henri, and a military working dog “washout” named Betti. Dr. Vickery’s hobbies include baking, gardening, and reading, with a particular fondness for fantasy and sci-fi, especially the Lord of the Rings series.

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What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the internist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.