Dr. Spann provides expertise in a variety of internal medicine disciplines. These disease states include: endocrinology, kidney disease, liver and gallbladder problems, genitourinary diseases, pulmonary and upper airway disease, infectious and autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disease, and certain oncologic diseases.
We frequently perform endoscopic foreign body retrieval and other endoscopic techniques (rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, cystoscopy and vaginoscopy). We have a state-of-the-art Vimago CT and fluoroscopy unit to provide advanced imaging for appropriate medical and surgical patients.
What is a Veterinary Internist?
Veterinary internal medicine specialists have received board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine after pursuing advanced postdoctoral training in an accredited residency under the supervision of other internists and specialists.
They must fulfill credentialing requirements, meet an original scientific article publication requirement and pass two series of vigorous board certification examinations.
The process of board certification prepares veterinary internists to manage a large variety of complicated medical cases, making us experts in our field and creating more efficient and cost effective approaches to medical diagnosis and disease treatment.
What do Veterinary Internist do?
Veterinary internists handle cases on a referral basis from other veterinarians. These cases are referred because they need special advanced care, special procedures like: bone marrow biopsies or endoscopy, or have atypical or difficult to diagnose disease processes.
Internal medicine cases vary widely. We frequently manage unusual or complicated medical conditions in the subfields of: endocrinology gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, infectious diseases, diseases of the immune system, hematologic conditions as well as others.
Internists perform involved and special procedures like endoscopy, foreign body retrieval, bone marrow biopsies, and design advanced plans to diagnose and treat challenging or serious diseases. Because the cause of disease is often not immediately apparent, logical problem solving is essential.