The Internal Medicine service at the NC State Veterinary Hospital 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 diseases
- Endocrine disease, such as diabetes and Cushing's disease
- Hematological disease, such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA)
- Gastrointestinal disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease, such as 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 bronchitis. View or download reverse sneeze video
Patients must be referred to the Internal Medicine Service by their primary veterinarian. We utilize a team approach to patient care which includes a senior veterinary student, intern or resident and faculty member in conjunction with the primary veterinarian.
Why might I need a specialist?
Veterinarians in private practice are able to diagnose and treat many of the conditions and diseases that affect pets. However, Internal Medicine specialists have undergone concentrated training programs in Internal Medicine and have passed the rigorous examinations of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. This training and experience has focused their knowledge and skills to improve their ability to diagnose and treat the problem presented.
Additionally, the Internal Medicine service at the NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH) is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and specialists in other veterinary disciplines. Our doctors are skilled in endoscopic techniques and have the instruments necessary to perform such tests as:
Specialists are available in-house to provide support and consultation in the areas of radiology, ultrasonography, clinical pathology, clinical pharmacology, neurology, ophthalmology, cardiology, oncology, dermatology, nutrition, behavior, dentistry and oral surgery, general surgery and orthopedic surgery. The VH has a fully staffed intensive care unit for the support of critically ill patients.
The specialists at the VH are frequently innovators within their fields and are involved in the study of many conditions and techniques. If the doctor feels that a new procedure or technique will benefit the patient, the implications will be discussed with the owner in depth so that they have all the information necessary to help decide whether or not the pet will participate in any on-going study. The patient's health and comfort is the primary factor in all decisions.