Internal Medicine at CVETS

The CVETS Internal Medicine department is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal, respiratory, circulatory, immunological, urinary, hematological and endocrine systems. Additionally, our team is also trained in the management of infectious diseases.

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CVETS is now offering Laser Lithotripsy!

This is a procedure that uses a laser to break up stones within the urinary tract. The stone fragments are then removed using either a stone basket through an endoscope or by voiding urohydropropulsion.

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The CVETS Standard of Care

Using tools like ultrasound, endoscopy, echocardiography, CT scan, and our on site laboratory, our Internal Medicine team can provide the highest level of care for complicated cases. The team can work in coordination with your primary veterinarian to provide seamless, long term care of your pet.

Commonly Treated Illnesses

-Autoimmune diseases- immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, polyarthropathies

-Infectious diseases- pneumonia, hepatitis/cholangiohepatitis, pyelonephritis

-Acute and chronic kidney failure

-Toxin ingestions- Sago palm toxicity, ethylene glycol toxicity, chocolate, medication overdosages

-Gallbladder diseases- mucocele, gallstones

-Endocrine diseases- Addison’s, Cushing’s, diabetes mellitus/insipidus

-Respiratory diseases

-Endoscopic removal of GI foreign bodies

-Endoscopic biopsy of nasal lesions and GI lesions


Rebecca Haviland, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Haviland received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She completed both a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery along with a small animal internal medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. After that, she returned to the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her residency in internal medicine. Dr. Rebecca Haviland has been board-certified in internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2015. Her special interests include all aspects of endocrinology and hematology. She has conducted research in hypoadrenocorticism and thromboembolic diseases and has lectured at local and national events.

Alex Gallagher, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Alex Gallagher is a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine before spending two years in private general practice. After an internal medicine internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, FL, Dr. Gallagher completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, and became board-certified in 2008. Afterward, Dr. Gallagher spent 14 years on faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant and then Clinical Associate Professor.

In August 2022, he left UF to join Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty in South Carolina as a staff internist. Dr. Gallagher’s interests include gastroenterology, endocrinology, and image-guided interventions which allow minimally invasive options for diagnosis and treatment of diseases. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, authored several book chapters, and lectured nationally and internationally on these topics.

Dr. Gallagher currently serves as Past President of the Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society (VIRIES). In his free time, Dr. Gallagher enjoys hiking with his partner, Allison, and their 3 labs (Dash, Misha, and Millie), cycling, traveling, and photography.

Kelsey Johnson, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Kelsey Johnson was born and raised in the small state of Delaware. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in 2018 and remains a proud bulldog! Dr. Johnson completed a small animal rotating internship at Ohio State University in 2019 and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin in 2022. Dr. Johnson loves all aspects of internal medicine but particularly enjoys treating immune-mediated and infectious diseases. In her free time, Dr. Johnson likes to spend time with her pets. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and going to the beach.