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Internal Medicine

The Small Animal Internal Medicine Service at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine sees patients by referral only. The Small Animal Internal Medicine service is comprised of Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and medicine residents. All of the Diplomates practice general internal medicine but each has sub-specialty expertise in specific areas including:

Specialized procedures performed by the internal medicine faculty include cystometrography and urethral pressure profile analysis, cystoscopy, intracorporeal lithotripsy, and urethral collagen injection; endoscopy, feeding tube placement, and esophageal stricture dilation; and diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. Information on individual procedures is available through the Minimally-Invasive Procedures link.

Our teaching hospital has active clinical support services in bacteriology, clinical and anatomic pathology, endocrinology, immunology, parasitology, pharmacology and toxicology, and virology. Additional specialized equipment and facilities for in-depth work-up and therapy include: Holmium YAG and CO2 laser units; digital radiography (X-rays), color-flow Doppler ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

A large and diversified caseload provides an excellent clinical environment for teaching internal medicine to students, interns, and residents. Teaching is a priority with active participation of faculty in clinics. Objectives of the medicine residency training program are to train specialists in internal medicine, prepare them for board certification, and facilitate their development as clinical researchers. These objectives are achieved through close guidance by faculty in advanced clinical medicine, daily group rounds, formal training sessions, seminars and journal discussions, grant-writing and performance of research.

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