Veterinary internists are like pet detectives: trained to take care of patients who can’t tell them what’s wrong, they put together clues from the pet’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies and other testing to diagnose the problem.
Our internal medicine specialists can diagnose severe, chronic illness or symptoms that appear suddenly. Our team members often say they chose to specialize in internal medicine because they enjoy solving complex puzzles and helping their patients feel better.
By using medical technology like ultrasound and endoscopy, specialists can look inside the body and even see inside organs like the intestine, allowing them diagnose and treat disease. Endoscopy can also be used to take biopsies – a process that previously required surgery. Board-certified internist, Dr. Otte, explains how internal medicine is the gateway to the other specialties in this video.