Department of Internal Medicine
If your veterinarian has recommended you consult with a Board Certified Internal Medicine specialist, we understand this may be a stressful time for you and your pet. By choosing Saint Francis for your pet’s care, you can have confidence your pet is receiving expert care from dedicated and compassionate medical professionals.
Why choose Saint Francis?
- Only Internal Medicine service in South Jersey accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), earning a 98% in internal medicine patient services in our most recent AAHA evaluation.
- Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities on site.
- Department led by Dr. Tabitha Hutton, DVM, MTR, DACVIM (SAIM), a former University educator and National Institutes of Health post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Dr. Hutton >
- Our staff handles all coordination with your family veterinarian throughout your pet’s care at Saint Francis.
Internal medicine is a veterinary specialty focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, respiratory, urogenital, immune and lymphatic systems. Doctors who specialize in internal medicine have received 3-4 years of additional advanced training in an internship and residency program after receiving their veterinary degree, including examinations and publications necessary to become board certified in this specialty. Internal medicine encompasses many body systems and many conditions, including:
|Vomiting||Elevated liver enzymes|
|Weight Loss||Gall bladder problems|
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease||Jaundice|
|Pancreatic Disease||Portosystemic shunt|
|Thrombocytopenia (low platelets)||Bloody nose|
|Low white blood cells||Coughing|
|Bone marrow problems||Chronic Bronchitis|
|Kidney disease or failure||Diabetes Mellitus|
|Urinary tract infections||Cushing’s Syndrome|
|Leaking urine||Addison’s Disease|
|Urinating and drinking excessively||Hyperthyroidism >|
|High blood pressure||Hypothyroidism|
|Bacteria||Fever of unknown origin|
|Fungus||Other miscellaneous conditions|
Internal Medicine specialists may recommend and perform advanced procedures, such as:
- Endoscopic Retrieval
- CT and MRI Scan
- Bone Marrow Aspirate
- Tracheal Wash
- Joint Taps
The Department of Internal Medicine has the capability to administer chemotherapy for pets who have been diagnosed with certain kinds of cancer. In some cases, we may recommend that your pet first be evaluated by a Board Certified oncologist. We would then provide ongoing chemotherapy and monitoring of your pet’s condition, in conjunction with an oncologist as deemed necessary.
If your pet is ill, your veterinarian may recommend a referral to see an internal medicine specialist. We have an internal medicine specialist on staff here at Saint Francis. Please have a copy of the complete medical record, including any test results, faxed to our hospital at 856-467-9549 in advance of your appointment so that the specialist has a chance to review your pet’s history before the appointment. Your veterinarian may also want to call to speak to the specialist directly before your pet’s appointment. The number for arranging an appointment or for your veterinarian to speak to the specialist is 856-467-0050.
- Internal Medicine info sheet >
- Internal Medicine brochure >
- American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Board-certified Small Animal Internists >
- American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Fact Sheets for Pet Owners about Diseases & Symptoms >
- Cornell University Feline Health Center >
- Cornell University Partners in Animal Health – Videos for Pet Owners about Medical Conditions (mostly for cats) >
- Animal Health Information for Pet Owners from the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) >
- Ontario Veterinary College blog – Information Sheets for Pet Owners about Infectious Diseases >
- American Animal Hospital Association Website for Pet Owners >