Internal Medicine Service
The internal medicine service investigates, diagnoses and treats diseases of the internal organs in dogs, cats and other pets. Our overriding philosophy is to improve the health and welfare of pets with medical diseases through clinical excellence and research. We aim to provide as complete a diagnosis as possible for each patient, to enable us to deliver the very best care. At the same time we train both first-opinion (general practice) and future specialist vets, and are active in clinical research to help advance knowledge in the field of internal medicine.
We investigate and treat a broad range of diseases, including those of the alimentary system (oesophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas), the urinary system (kidneys, bladder and prostate gland), the endocrine (hormonal) system, and the respiratory system (nasal passages, airways and lungs). We also investigate and treat infectious and immune-mediated disorders in dogs and cats.
The team comprises internationally-renowned senior clinicians working alongside residents and nurses to offer the highest standards of care and expertise. We have a particular interest in gastroenterology (the study of stomach and intestinal disease), and use endoscopy to examine the different parts of the gut without the need for major surgery. Samples can often be taken via the endoscope, for diagnostic purposes, resulting in better and quicker patient recovery. Endoscopic investigation can also be used to investigate disorders of other body systems including the urinary and respiratory tracts.
The service also offers other minimally-invasive surgical techniques from laparoscopy (looking in the body cavity) to dilating (widening) strictures and removing oesophageal and tracheal foreign bodies. Feeding tube placement can also be facilitated through endoscopy to minimise stress to sick patients. Joint fluid and bone marrow samples, as well as spinal fluid taps can also be done without major surgery.
To refer to this service please visit our Vet Referral page.