Internal medicine refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the internal organs. It is a dynamic and diverse specialty that includes cardiology (diseases of the heart and circulatory system), endocrinology (hormonal dysfunction), gastroenterology and hepatology (diseases of the gut, liver, and pancreas), hematology & immunology (abnormalities of blood cells and the body’s protective mechanisms), infectious disease, neurology (disorders involving the nervous system), respiratory problems (nose, airway and lung diseases), urology (kidney and urinary tract disease), and more. Internists – not to be confused with interns – are specialists that have undergone extensive training in the field of internal medicine. More simply, internists are veterinarians with a knack for solving complex puzzles using cutting edge and minimally-invasive tools.
At Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville, board-certified internists Wendy Morré, DVM, MS, DACVIM and Jacqueline Whittemore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) revel in collaborating with primary care veterinarians to ensure each pet may thrive – regardless of how many or how complex their medical problems are.
Drs. Morré and Whittemore bring 14 years of academic and private practice expertise to bear on each case. They take pride in merging cutting edge research findings and advanced technology with a team-based approach to achieve a deep understanding of each pet’s health issues. By systematically sort through the patient’s history, clinical signs, and test results to achieve new insights, they avoid pets undergoing tests or receiving medications unnecessarily.
Types of internal medicine
Internal medicine includes multiple disciplines, such as:
- infectious disease
Our veterinarians have been trained to diagnose severe, acute, and chronic illnesses. We can also provide care for complicated conditions where several different disease processes are involved.
Diagnostic services in internal medicine
Our internal medicine capabilities and diagnostic services include the following:
- Video endoscopy, like rhinoscopy, gastro-duodenoscopy, bronchoscopy, proctoscopy/colonoscopy, cystoscopy, and vaginoscopy
- Diagnosis and monitoring of endocrine conditions, including adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, insulin and sex hormone evaluations, and diabetes
- Feeding tube placements
- Bone marrow biopsies and aspirates
- Tumor biopsies and fine needle aspirates
- Transtracheal/endotracheal washes
- Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) taps
- Imaging procedures, including abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, echocardiogram, advanced imaging procedures, such as computed tomography (CT)
- Urological procedures, including voiding hydropropulsion, catheterization for diagnostic sample collection, and urethral stone retropulsion