We are excited that our full-time internal medicine service is up and running again led by Chris Ioannides-Hoey (EBVS European & RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine).

We focus on providing answers and an optimal patient treatment plan within clients' budgets.

We build close relationships with regularly referring vets - capacity will be reached quickly so recommend that you come on board quickly.

The service is supported by a specialist anaesthesia team, high level nursing support, 128 slice CT, in-house laboratory and diagnostics.

If you would like to discuss a case before a referral, please email the medicine team at medicine@optivet.com.

Common work-ups:

  • Gastrointestinal conditions - includes investigation of chronic diarrhoea and vomiting, regurgitation, foreign body removal, dyschezia, haematochezia.
  • Urinary and renal disorders – Includes acute or chronic azotaemia, dysuria, urinary incontinence, urolithiasis, haematuria, recurrent urinary tract infections. Diagnosis may involve a variety of imaging modalities including cystoscopy. 
  • Hepatobiliary disease - Includes investigations of jaundice, increased liver enzyme activities, suspected portosystemic shunts and biliary disorders. 
  • Pancreatic disease - Includes investigating and treating pancreatitis and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
  • Haematologic and immune-mediated disease – Includes immune-mediated polyarthritis, steroid-responsive meningitis arteritis. Diagnosis may involve arthrocentesis and/or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) sampling. 
  • Endocrinopathies.
  • Signs of systemic illness such as weight loss, anorexia, pyrexia of unknown origin. 
  • Glucose monitoring - Includes FreeStyle Libre application and monitoring for our diabetic patients.

We look forward to helping you support patients requiring internal medicine referral.