Internal Medicine in Chattanooga

Diagnosing and solving complex pet care needs

Internal medicine refers to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the internal organs. It is a dynamic and diverse specialty that includes cardiology (diseases of the heart and circulatory system), endocrinology (hormonal dysfunction), gastroenterology and hepatology (diseases of the gut, liver, and pancreas), hematology & immunology (abnormalities of blood cells and the body’s protective mechanisms), infectious disease, neurology (disorders involving the nervous system), respiratory problems (nose, airway and lung diseases), urology (kidney and urinary tract disease), and more.


Internists – not to be confused with interns – are specialists that have undergone extensive training in the field of internal medicine. More simply, internists are veterinarians with a knack for solving complex puzzles using cutting edge and minimally-invasive tools.

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Types of Internal Medicine

Internal medicine includes multiple disciplines, such as:

  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology

Our veterinarian can diagnose acute, severe, and chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as provide care for conditions where several different disease processes are involved.


Our approach to internal medicine
Our veterinarians try to create a complete picture of your pet’s health issues before administering treatment, much like solving a jigsaw puzzle. We collect and match the many necessary pieces of information from patient history, clinical signs, lab results, and imaging studies to special testing.


State-of-the-art equipment
Our team is highly skilled in diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions. Our doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to improve patients’ lives through:

  • Advanced imaging, including abdominal or thoracic ultrasound, echocardiogram, and computed tomography (CT)
  • Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration
  • Critical case management in our intensive care unit
  • Endoscopy, including bronchoscopy, cystoscopy and vaginoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy and colonoscopy, laparoscopy, and rhinoscopy
  • Feeding tube placements
  • Management of endocrine conditions, including adrenal, glucose, parathyroid, and thyroid disorders
  • Stricture dilation and injection (colonic, esophageal, nasopharyngeal)
  • Transtracheal/endotracheal washes
  • Tumor biopsies and fine needle aspirates

Whether your pet needs advanced imaging, a cutting-edge procedure, or simply a fresh pair of eyes to sort through confusing test results, Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga is your best choice for quick results and compassionate care.

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From the start, they were very quick to respond, communicate and take their time explaining everything to me. They saw my dog right away. Very thorough, compassionate and understanding. Their surgical techniques were perfect for our situation and the aftercare instructions were very specific and easy to follow. They provided all the medications our dog needed. Would recommend if you need specialty care or emergency services after-hours.

- Greg B.

My sweet Yorkie passed away during the night on a Friday night. I called Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga because they are the emergency clinic for my regular veterinarian who would not be available until Monday. Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga told me I could bring my sweet baby to them and they would hold her until my regular veterinarian was available to make arrangements. They treated me and my sweet dog with such care ~ at 4:30 in the morning. I never felt rushed and they were so kind. I will be forever grateful to them for the care they showed me and my sweet baby that morning.

- Cathy L.

I was visiting Chattanooga to see my parents and my Chihuahua fell down a set of stairs and fractured a leg that had already had 2 prior surgeries. The staff and veterinarian were professional and compassionate to both myself and my Peanut. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience and would recommend Animal Emergency and Specialty Center of Chattanooga to anyone needing emergency care. They also took the extra step to get her prior records from her home vet and to make sure they were aware of what was happening for follow up. Ten stars just isn't enough!

- Denise W.

These guys did a spectacular job with our Chinese crested Ava. She has a heart condition and had a serious episode while we were traveling with her. They took us in right away, were extremely kind, updated us regularly and were realistic abou

- Tiffany B.

Unfortunately, I found it necessary to take my dog, Whiskey, to AESC over the weekend. She ended up staying for two nights and having stomach surgery around midnight on Saturday. Of course, I was very upset and concerned, however, the staff at AESC helped to calm some of my worry in that they were all very professional and confident. They were very understanding when I called for a checkup only an hour and a half after I left their facility. Additionally, they contacted me regularly with updates to let me know their recommendations for treatment and to provide an update on Whiskey. They seemed genuinely concerned for Whiskey and their main goal was "to get her well." I'm happy to say Whiskey is at home and seems to be recovering well, but the staff at AESC encouraged me to call or bring her in for a follow up if I have any concerns. In the event you find yourself needing emergency/specialty veterinary services, I highly recommend AESC.

- Amanda H.