Internal Medicine

A board-certified veterinary internist has completed advanced training to have an extensive and up-to-date knowledge base in treating complicated medical cases and critically ill patients. An internist specializes in diagnosing and treating cases involving respiratory disease, endocrinology, infectious diseases, oncology, cardiology, and kidney disease. By combining radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, and expert interpretation of blood tests, a veterinary internist can help you and your pet receive the most appropriate care possible. Virginia Veterinary Specialists offers the finest internal medicine care for your companion.

Dr. Carrie Miller of Virginia Veterinary Specialists has a strong interest and specialized skills in respiratory medicine. During her residency, Dr. Miller trained with world-renowned respiratory specialist Dr. Brendan McKiernan. Dr. Shannon Ryan has a particular interest in gastrointestinal disorders, immune-mediated disease, and endocrine diseases.  Dr. Michelle Purnell has particular interests in Endocrinology and gastroenterology as well. Their experience includes, but is not limited to, the following procedures and treatments:

Endoscopic Procedures

  • Laryngoscopy
  • Cystoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic balloon dilation for esophageal and colonic strictures

Respiratory Conditions

  • Bronchopneumonia
  • Collapsing Trachea/ Bronchomalacia
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis

Minimally Invasive Techniques

  • Radiology
  • Bone marrow aspirates
  • Abdominal and thoracic ultrasound
  • Joint and spinal taps
  • Ultrasound guided biopsies
  • Computed Tomography
  • Blood gas and blood pressure monitoring
  • PEG tube placement and tube feeding
  • Chemotherapy

At VVS, we understand how important your pet is and you can rest assured that with a board certified internist, your pet has the expert knowledge and experience needed to provide a smooth and long term recovery.  The links below are available for some conditions and procedures for further information.

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