Our Internal Medicine veterinarians take referrals from your family veterinarian for cases that require in-depth diagnostic workups, specialized procedures or specialized treatments that your veterinarian believes would be better accomplished at our facility.
The goal of the Internal Medicine service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest level of medical care for dog and cats in conjunction with consistent and effective communication with both the client and referring veterinarian.
The Internal Medicine service is staffed 6 days a week at our Levittown facility and 5 days a week at our Philadelphia facility by 4 board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialists who are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
Only Diplomates of the ACVIM have completed a 3-year residency in internal medicine and passed a series of national qualifying examinations and publishing credentials in order to achieve board certification by the ACVIM. No other veterinarians have received this degree of rigorous training and testing in the field of veterinary internal medicine.
Common disorders treated:
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Endocrine disease
- Urogenital disease
- Hematologic disease
- Respiratory disease
- Infectious diseases
- Auto immune disorders
Commonly performed procedures:
- Complete endoscopic evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum), respiratory tract (larynx, trachea, bronchi), genitourinary tract (vaginal vault, urethra, bladder, ureteral papillae) using the highest quality
- human grade endoscopic equipment.
- Non-invasive endoscopic foreign body retrieval
- Placement of short and long term feeding tubes
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic liver biopsies
- Radioactive Iodine (I-131) Treatment for hyperthyroidism in cats
Hyperthyroidism in Cats
VSEC is pleased to be one of the few centers in Pennsylvania licensed to administer radioactive iodine treatments for feline hyperthyroidism. Please click here for more information about this safe and highly effective treatment.
What to Expect:
When you have an appointment with VSEC’s Internal Medicine doctors, you will typically be asked to fast your pet for 12 hours prior to an initial consultation so that any blood work or procedures can be performed without delay.
If you have any concerns about the safety of fasting your pet, please mention this to the Client Services Representatives (CSRs) and they will discuss your concerns with a nurse or doctor.
At the initial consultation, the doctor will obtain a thorough history and evaluation by performing a physical exam and reviewing any referral information that your family veterinarian has supplied. In some cases, outpatient diagnostic testing may be recommended. In other cases, hospitalization for further testing and supportive care may be recommended.
The doctor will discuss your pet’s case with you, give an estimate of the costs and work diligently to create a diagnostic and treatment plan that meets your pet’s needs. We take pride in being thorough without being wasteful or extravagant. Our doctors will also be in constant communication with your primary veterinarian, updating him or her on your pet’s status.