Internal Medicine

For Chronic, Complex, and Complicated Conditions

Veterinary internal medicine is a broad specialty that involves the internal body systems of your pet. A specialist, called an internist, works to diagnose and treat challenging diseases that affect organs or bodily systems including: respiratory, endocrinology, renal (kidney), hematology (blood), gastroenterology, cardiology, autoimmune diseases, and cancer, among others.

Your pet may benefit from a referral to an internal medicine specialist for the following conditions:

  • Anemia or other bleeding disorders
  • Coughing or other respiratory problems
  • Endocrine diseases (diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid problems)
  • Infectious diseases (including bacterial, fungal and tick-borne diseases)
  • Kidney or bladder conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Prolonged vomiting or diarrhea
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • And, patients with neurologic, cardiovascular or cancerous diseases

Additionally, we offer specialized hospitalization and care for critically ill patients and those just needing more intensive monitoring than what is ordinarily available in a general practice environment.

Our internal medicine service was founded with one goal in mind: to provide a combination of exceptional, comprehensive, personalized patient care and premier service to clients, patients, and primary care veterinarians. If your pet is experiencing a problem that is not resolving, ask your veterinarian about a referral to an internist at Beacon.

Julie Flood, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Julie Flood earned an associate degree in Applied Animal Science, became a certified veterinary technician, and worked as a veterinary technician for 9 years before going back to college. She received her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 1994. After a ten year period practicing small animal and exotics medicine in Virginia Beach, she returned to OSU to complete an internal medicine residency. Dr. Flood became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2006.

In addition to specialty practice work, Dr. Flood has has served as an internal medicine consultant for VCA Antech Diagnostics since October 2008 where she assists veterinarians across the United States and Canada with data interpretation and case management. She has a special interest in gastroenterology, endocrinology, immune-mediated and infectious disease and has written and co-authored several articles on related subjects in a variety of veterinary journals.