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Veterinary Internal Medicine

Eight staff members for internal medicine

Internal Medicine Specialists

Image: TOP ROW: Ellen Heinrich, DVM, MPH, RTIM | Ashley Johnston, CVA | Tracey Murdie, RVT | Heather Woodward, LVT | Ana Costa, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM BOTTOM ROW: Michelle Loeschner, RVT | Emma Sylvester, VA

Internal medicine specialists, also known as Internists, are highly trained and qualified veterinarians who have undergone specialized training to understand the complex interactions of your pet's bodily systems and organs. They specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in cats' and dogs' internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, lungs/airway, and endocrine systems.

Internists specialize in treating a wide range of diseases and conditions. Some common conditions include diabetes, blood disorders, infections, cancer, digestive tract issues, hormone/endocrine disorders, autoimmune diseases, and diseases of the kidney, liver, gallbladder, lungs, and urinary/reproductive tracts.

Specialized diagnostic testing is often required to obtain accurate diagnoses and disease treatment. Our team can perform most of these tests in-house, leading to rapid answers. Diagnostic testing may include ultrasound, CT scan, bloodwork, urinalysis, bone marrow biopsies, internal biopsies, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, and so on. Using specialized equipment and resources will help us understand what is happening to your pet so we can develop the best treatment plan for them.

Here at MVES, we are lucky to have two board-certified internists - Dr. Ana Costa and Dr. Ellen Heinrich - helping pets with chronic, complex, or complicated conditions and illnesses.

If your pet needs advanced care, our team is here to help. Please contact us, or call (913) 722-5566 to schedule an appointment for your pet today.

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