About Us 2018-02-12T23:28:35+00:00


SCVIM ICU Nurse, Lauren, working with a patient

Veterinary INTERNAL MEDICINE Specialists

Simply said, we take care of all the inside parts of your pet.  As veterinary internal medicine specialists, we work with the internal body systems, whether there are sudden or chronic signs, and regardless of the cause of infection (cancer, degenerative, inflammatory, immune, or trauma).   The specialty of internal medicine emphasizes non-invasive testing (diagnostic) and treatment techniques.  Our strengths are specialty medical treatment and comprehensive care, devoted to your pet’s overall health!

Learn more about our services here. 

ACVIM Logo - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

What Is a Veterinary INTERNIST?

All doctors at Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine are board certified.  So, what exactly is a veterinary internist?   A veterinary internist is a veterinarian with advanced training in the area of veterinary internal medicine.  To become a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, you must complete an additional four years of training following graduation from a four-year veterinary school.  The first year is called an internship and the next three years are called a residency.  During this time, you are trained by other board certified specialists in the intricacies of internal medicine.  At the completion of your residency, you are classified as “residency trained”, but not board certified.  In order to become board certified in veterinary internal medicine, you must submit credentials and have an original article published in a peer-review journal.  After credentials are accepted, you will sit for an intense 8-hour qualifying exam.  Once this examination has been passed, you are eligible to take the certifying examination.  This exam is given over a two-day period and involves essay questions, a practical examination, and multiple choice and short answer portions.  Only after successful completion of this exam are you declared a board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

To meet our Board Certified Veterinary Specialists, click HERE.