Veterinary internal medicine for Knoxville and beyond

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.

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State-of-the-art equipment

Our team is highly skilled in diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions. Drs. Morré and Whittemore commonly use state-of-the-art equipment to improve patients’ lives through:

  • Advanced imaging, including abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, echocardiogram, and computed tomography (CT)
  • Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration
  • Critical case management in our intensive care unit
  • Endoscopy, including bronchoscopy, cystoscopy and vaginoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy, laparoscopy, and rhinoscopy
  • Feeding tube placements
  • Management of endocrine conditions, including adrenal, glucose, parathyroid, and thyroid disorders
  • Neurolocalization and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) taps
  • Stricture dilation and injection (colonic, esophageal, nasopharyngeal)
  • Transtracheal/endotracheal washes
  • Tumor biopsies and fine needle aspirates
  • Urinary procedures, including percutaneous cystoscopic cystolithotomy (PCCL), laser ablation of ectopic ureters, urethral stone retropulsion, and voiding hydropropulsion

Whether your pet needs advanced imaging, a cutting-edge procedure, or simply a fresh pair of eyes to sort through confusing test results, Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville is your best choice for quick results and compassionate care.

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Types of internal medicine

Internal medicine includes multiple disciplines, such as:

  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • infectious disease
  • Nephrology/urology
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology

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.

Our approach to internal medicine

Similar to working on a jigsaw puzzle, our veterinarians try to create a complete picture of your pet’s health issues before administering treatment. We collect and match the many necessary pieces of information from the patient’s history, clinical signs, lab results, imaging studies, and special testing.

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
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