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Internal Medicine at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services

The internal medicine service at VSES provides high-quality care, comprehensive treatment, and superior support for veterinary patients with complex illnesses and chronic diseases. Our internists work closely with your primary veterinarian for ongoing care and management of your pet.

Internal Medicine Services for Your Pets

Your primary veterinarian may recommend a consultation with an internist if your pet has a serious or complicated medical condition or if a diagnosis is proving difficult. An internist is trained to manage multiple medical problems in your pet.

A board-certified internal medicine specialist completes several years of additional training after veterinary school, including a one-year internship and three years of residency at an accredited institution. Diplomate status is obtained by successfully passing rigorous specialty boards following residency. For more information, visit the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Internal Medicine Services for Your Pets

The VSES internal medicine service provides diagnostic and treatment for various gastrointestinal, endocrine (hormonal), urinary, hematologic (blood-related), respiratory, immune-mediated, and infectious diseases. Services include:

  • Bone marrow aspirates/biopsies
  • Endoscopic procedures – endoscopy, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, and rhinoscopy
  • Endotracheal wash/bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Gastric and esophageal foreign body removal
  • Transfusion medicine

Our internists diagnose and treat lymphoma and other types of cancer in cats and dogs. We provide your pet with outpatient chemotherapy treatments, and other options to sustain comfort and maintain quality of life. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday.

Meet Our Internal Medicine Team

Samantha Murray

Samantha Murray

VMD, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Samantha Murray joined Veterinary Specialists of Rochester’s internal medicine team in October of 2014.

Dr. Murray attended the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2001. She received the Auxiliary to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association prize and the Small Animal Award.

Before joining Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, Dr. Murray completed her residency in small animal internal medicine at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2004. She also completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery there from 2001-2002.

Dr. Murray is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Murray’s professional interests include hepatic disease, gastrointestinal disease, and immune-mediated disease.

Dr. Murray and her family are currently looking for the perfect dog. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, as well as spending time with her husband and children.

Shannon Palermo

Shannon Palermo

VMD, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Shannon Palermo graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Palermo completed her internal medicine residency at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. While in school, she was the Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Club president and was a recipient of the SVAVMA Community Outreach Excellence Award. Her volunteer work didn’t end there; she also worked with Hand2Paw, working with at-risk youth and shelter animals to help them see a better future.

Dr. Palermo has been in the veterinary field for eight years, active both professionally and academically with several published articles to her name. Dr. Palermo also works with Mission Rabies, a non-profit organization committed to helping vaccinate dogs in parts of the world where Rabies is pervasive.