The Internal Medicine Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals diagnoses and provides treatment for horses and camelids with a wide spectrum of life-threatening health conditions. Our staff includes four board-certified veterinarians who have pioneered many of the approaches used for diagnoses and treatment of diverse medical disorders used in veterinary clinics across the country. Our faculty specializes in a wide range of health conditions including metabolic, infectious, endocrine, hematologic, gastrointestinal, liver, renal and respiratory disorders.
The Internal Medicine Service offers advanced diagnostic techniques including a wide range of minimally-invasive procedures including ultrasound, endoscopy, and gastroscopy. We work in a collaborative environment that brings together the talent of a diverse group of veterinary specialty services including Anesthesiology, Oncology, Soft Tissue Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Imaging, and Clinical Nutrition to provide comprehensive veterinary care for your animal.
- Neurological and Muscular Disorders: complete neurological examination, cerebrospinal fluid collection and analysis, neck intra-articular facet injections, muscle biopsy
- Respiratory Disorders: bronchoalveolar lavage, transtracheal wash, oxygen therapy, pleural fluid aspiration and analysis, lung biopsy
- Gastrointestinal: gastroscopy, gastroscopic duodenal biopsies, rectal biopsy, ultrasound, intestinal absorption study
- Metabolic syndrome screening and consultation
- Urogenital: urinary catheterization, cystoscopy (scope the urinary bladder)
- Emergency and critical care
- High-risk pregnancy monitoring
- Equine neonatal intensive care
- Blood transfusion therapy
- Designated neonatal unit with 24hr. experienced staffing and critical care monitoring available in order to provide a high level of neonatal care
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Your scheduled visit to the Internal Medicine Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the equine hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway, come into the reception area and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, our licensed veterinary technician will help you unload and walk your animal to its assigned stall.
Often times, you may leave your vehicle and trailer right in the driveway but, if the lot is full, the receptionist will provide you with a parking pass and directions to nearby longer-term parking where overnight parking for trucks and trailers are also available.
After your vehicle is parked, a veterinary resident and students will ask you questions about your animal's past medical, surgical, travel, vaccination history and current health. They will work together to conduct an examination of your animal. Students observe and participate in this examination, which is invaluable to their education and development. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing these future veterinarians to interact with you and your animal.
After the initial examination, a senior veterinarian will join the resident and student to perform a second examination. Next, our veterinarians will discuss their preliminary findings, diagnostic and treatment options, and costs. Together, you will develop a plan for further diagnosis and treatment of your animal.
In most cases, you will be asked to leave your animal in the care of the student after this initial examination so that we may begin appropriate diagnostic testing or receive consultations from other veterinary specialists.
Given our busy schedule and collaboration with other services in the care of your animal, you will most likely be asked to return in the afternoon to discuss our findings and recommendations. Of course, you are also welcome to stay and wait and talk to the clinicians throughout the day about their findings.
In many cases, therapy will be in the form of medication that you can administer at home. In some cases, your animal may require hospitalization for supportive care or diagnostics. In the event that your animal requires an elective interventional procedure, the rationale, logistics, and risks associated with the procedure will be discussed at this time, and the procedure can often be scheduled either at the time of discharge or within 24 hours of discharge.
Before leaving the hospital, you will receive a medical report, which outlines the findings and recommendations for management of your animal’s case. Your referring veterinarian will receive a copy of this report. You will also receive a copy of discharge instructions, which outlines our findings and recommendations. We will strive to make sure that we have answered any and all questions that you may have prior to your departure.
Internal Medicine: Success Stories
Reggie - 22-year-old Thoroughbred Gelding
Krissy - 10-year-old Belgian Mare
Krissy came to Cornell after developing severe shipping fever pneumonia while traveling to compete at the Calgary Stampede. After several weeks in the Cornell Intensive Care Unit, Krissy underwent surgery to remove infected tissue from her lungs that included the removal of part of her rib. She recovered well from surgery and her illness and was able to resume her role as a member of a successful 6-horse hitch on her farm in Northern New York.
Owned by "Doc" Mike and Claudine Smith
Internal Medicine: Related Information
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
A non-profit board created to enhance animal and human health by advancing veterinary internal medicine through training, education, and discovery.
American Association of Equine Practitioners
An organization created to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development equine health professionals, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the equine industry.