Internal Medicine

Veterinary Internal Medicine Toronto

Animal Health Partners SHANNON WESTGARTH

Shannon Westgarth, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Veterinary Specialist
Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of science (honours) from Queen’s University - 2007
  • Doctor of veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College – 2011
  • Rotating internship at the Ontario Veterinary College 2011-2012
  • Internal medicine residency at the Ontario Veterinary College 2012-2015
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science degree from the Ontario Veterinary College 2015
  • Board-certified from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (internal medicine) 2015
  • Animal Health Partners ASHLEY GOLD

    Ashley Gold, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

    Veterinary Specialist
    Internal Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Western Ontario
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College
  • 1-year Rotating Internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City
  • 3-year Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University
  • Board-certified from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2016)
  • 5 years practicing as a Veterinary Internist in Chicago, Illinois
  • Animal Health Partners HAILEY MACDONALD

    Hailey MacDonald, DVM

    Veterinary Intern
    Internal Medicine
  • Originally from Winchester, Ontario and has been working in veterinary clinics since the age of 14.
  • Completed her undergraduate and veterinary studies at the University of Guelph and Ontario Veterinary College
  • Her first year in practice was spent in both emergency medicine (Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario), and general practice (Perth, Ontario)
  • Moved to Toronto to continue in general practice.
  • In addition to internal medicine, Hailey has a particular interest in feline medicine and surgery.
  • Internal Medicine Services

    • Specialty consultations regarding medical conditions including gastrointestinal, renal, immune-mediated, urinary, infectious, hepatic, and respiratory conditions
    • Abdominal ultrasound examinations
    • Thoracic ultrasound examinations
    • Endoscopic examinations including rhinoscopy, tracheoscopy, bronchoscopy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, and cystoscopy to obtain diagnostic samples
    • Endoscopic retrieval of nasal, gastric and esophageal foreign bodies
    • Advanced imaging of the head, thorax, and abdomen with 32-slice CT scan
    • Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirates of the thorax and internal organs

    Veterinary Internal Medicine Toronto

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    Common reasons for consultation

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
    • Abnormalities on biochemical profile (elevated hepatic enzyme activity, azotemia, abnormal pancreatic values, elevated bile acids, electrolyte abnormalities, etc.)
    • Abnormalities on complete blood count (anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, polycythemia)
    • Ongoing weight loss
    • Decreased appetite
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Sneezing and nasal discharge
    • Respiratory distress or chronic coughing

    Strengths of Services

    • A collaborative approach to patient care with other specialty services including critical care, cardiology, oncology, neurology, and surgery
    • Working with clients and patients to find the best diagnostic and treatment options for both
    • Using a patient-centered approach to life long control of chronic medical conditions while maintaining a good quality of life
    • The utilization of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment such as ultrasound, CT scan, and endoscopic equipment