What is an internal medicine specialist?
Simply put, the practice of internal medicine involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that occur inside the body. These include conditions of the digestive tract, kidneys and gall bladder, liver and gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, hormone glands, lungs, and heart, etc.
Becoming an internal medicine specialist requires (1) several years of advanced training after veterinary school including at least one year of internship followed by three-year residency, (2) successful completion of two board examinations, and (3) publication of a research article in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Once these are successfully completed they can then be officially called a board-certified internal medicine specialist.
What is a veterinary oncologist?
Oncology is the practice of diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This includes both benign and malignant tumors anywhere inside and outside the body. A variety of treatment options are available depending on the type and location of the tumor, and veterinary oncologists are the foremost experts in determining the best treatment option(s) available for pets.
Veterinary cancer treatment is a rapidly changing field of medicine, and a veterinary oncologist is at the forefront of this information to maintain state-of-the-art treatment for their patients. Like internal medicine specialists, becoming a Veterinary Oncologist requires both an internship and three-year residency followed by successful completion of two board examinations as well as publication of a clinical research paper in a peer-reviewed medical journal.