Internal Medicine

Our Veterinary Internal Medicine team are proud to offer specialist level investigation and treatment for a wide variety of problems, including anaemia, bleeding problems, acute or chronic gastrointestinal disease, liver disease, nasal disease, renal and urinary disease, respiratory disease, pyrexia (fever) and a variety of endocrine (hormone) problems. We are also happy to see patients that do not obviously fit into one particular category alone. Management for many cases involves a team approach, involving our other specialist disciplines such as anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging and surgery, along with the excellent care provided by our veterinary nurses.

Top 10 conditions:

  • Immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (IMTP)
  • Canine chronic hepatitis
  • Feline cholangiohepatitis – neutrophilic/lymphoplasmacytic
  • Chronic enteropathies
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pyrexia of unknown origin
  • Endocrinopathies – diabetes mellitus, Addison’s, Cushing’s
  • Protein-losing nephropathy/glomerular disease
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pleural effusions.

We provide routine appointments Monday to Friday, with appointments available at various times of day to accommodate client needs.

We also offer round-the-clock cover in Internal Medicine, with a clinician always available to manage inpatients and provide support for ongoing cases and to see emergency referrals if appropriate.

The combination of Veterinary expertise and facilities on offer means we are equipped to see a full range of cases, from chronic, stable routine medical conditions to urgent, acutely ill patients.

During a typical consultation we will review clinical history and results of any diagnostics carried out prior to referral, take a detailed history from the owners, carry out physical examination, formulate a problem list, and discuss a plan for diagnostics and therapy with the owners. Many medical cases will be admitted to the hospital for investigations and treatment. Communication throughout this period is key, and owners of hospitalised patients will usually be updated at least twice daily. A discharge report is provided for owners, summarising results to date, treatment required, and an ongoing plan. This report is forwarded to the referring vet on the day the patient goes home, ensuring that they have any important information immediately.

Referring vets are welcome to telephone for case updates at any stage, particularly for patients hospitalised for prolonged periods of time. A full written report comprising final test results and management plan is provided to the referring veterinary surgeon as promptly as possible following discussion with the owners.

We are always happy to see patients again for any required follow-up, allowing us to discuss ongoing treatment and diagnostic test results.  Where a return visit to Northwest Veterinary Specialists is not possible then we are equally happy to support the referring practice in managing any follow-up required. In view of the complex nature of some medical problems owners are encouraged to contact us by telephone to provide progress reports and report any concerns. If owners or referring vets are at all concerned, we are always happy to discuss these and to help in any way we can.


What our clients say:

Vincent Ward
Vincent Ward
An exemplary practice in all respects. The veterinary surgeons, nurses and support staff continue to take such wonderful care of my Labrador, Albie. He could not be in safer hands. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this practice to all those seeking specialist medical treatment for their beloved pets.
John Taylor
John Taylor
Caring staff, saved my dog's life
Lisa Braithwaite
Lisa Braithwaite
Absolutely incredible team, everyone was extremely friendly and the vets were amazing. So knowledgable and communicated everything to us about our dog. The treatment our dog received was amazing and when we picked him up we had a full care plan going forward. I would 100% recommend if your pet needs specialist treatment!
Vicki Lester
Vicki Lester
Absolutely fantastic service. From the receptionist to the vets and nurses, they were all brilliant. Made a very stressful time easier for us. Very grateful for their compassion and support in making the right decisions for our little Bella
Pam Adshead
Pam Adshead
Cannot praise them highly enough. They saved Harry’s life, everybody from reception through to Serena were incredibly kind and compassionate. Thank you doesn’t cover it
Rosie J
Rosie J
Bruno was treated amazingly, like he was one of your family, thanks!
Wow what an amazing practice! Such a welcoming environment with very friendly receptionists. We saw Francesca today whose knowledge is phenomenal, and she really took the time to talk in depth about our concerns and to get a very in depth history. She even went out of her way to get a neurologist to look at our dog to give us peace of mind. Blood tests done same day no issues. Highly recommend. Thank you Northwest!
Bob Neale
Bob Neale
From arrival at the hospital under very traumatic circumstances we were supported and reassured that we were in the best place possible for our pet dog to recover from her injury. Everyone we met was understanding, empathetic, very reassuring and this was a great help. "Thank you" is not enough to express our level of appreciation.

Arranging a Referral or Case Advice

If you are a veterinary professional and would like to make a referral, or require pre-referral advice about a patient, please use the online forms.

Canine & Feline Internal Medicine Facilities

Meet the Team

Our specialist team working in this department