Internal Medicine

Internal medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the organs. Internal medicine is a broad subject with many conditions having similar symptoms (such as weight loss or increased thirst), making diagnosis challenging. Often several tests are required to obtain a diagnosis, and specialised equipment may be required. 

Although all vets can assess and treat medical conditions, more complex problems are preferably managed by vets with a higher level of training. This may be a vet with a particular interest in medicine, a vet who has undertaken a certificate in internal medicine (often gaining Advanced Practitioner status), or a recognised specialist. 

Conditions commonly seen by advanced internal medics include: 

  • Complex diabetic patients 
  • Chronic or acute vomiting or diarrhoea 
  • Unexplained weight loss 
  • Blood problems such as anaemia 
  • Hormonal (endocrine) problems, such as thyroid disease or Cushing’s disease 
  • Unexplained fever 
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Respiratory disorders such as chronic cough or nasal discharge 

Internal medicine services often offer advanced diagnostics such as endoscopy or CT scanning. Tests required for diagnosis will be discussed with you by the vet once they have examined your pet. 


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