Small Animal

Photo: Companion Animal

Companion/small animal programs focus on animal wellness and disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of diseases in a wide variety of species including dogs, cats, birds, fish, and small mammals. Within the disciplinary umbrella of small animal medicine, further specialization occurs within species and along organ systems. Organ systems specialization has led to the development of sub-disciplines in nephrology, urology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology, cardiology, and behavior. Additional programs in immunology and infectious diseases span both species and organ system specialization. Within all of these diverse disciplines both teaching and research emphasis is placed on disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control.

Specialty areas include:

Research areas include:

  • Small animal internal medicine
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
    • Urolithiasis
    • Urinary microbiology
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Hyperadrenocorticism
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Thyroid disease
    • Esophageal and swallowing disorders
    • Chronic enteropathies associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
    • Fecal microbiota transplantation for management of intestinal disorders
    • Immune-mediated diseases
    • Infectious diseases
    • Diagnosis and management of respiratory conditions
  • Dermatology
    • Bacterial diseases
    • Auto-immune diseases
    • Allergy
    • Improvements in therapy
  • Cardiology:
    • Cardiac genetics
    • Pharmacogenomics
    • Advanced cardiac ultrasonography (echocardiography)
    • Cardiomyopathies
    • Pulmonary hypertension
    • Congenital heart disease
  • Behavior:
    • Aggression
    • Separation anxiety
    • Housesoiling
    • Urine marking
    • Repetitive and compulsive behaviors
    • Fears and phobias
    • Species-specific behaviors (e.g., feather-picking in birds)