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Internal Medicine at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals

Internal Medicine

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Internal Medicine

What is internal medicine?

In human medicine you may be referred to a consultant in gastroenterology, nephrology, haematology or endocrinology.  As animals cannot talk to us, and diseases of these systems are often interlinked, veterinary medicine has consultants in Internal Medicine, who specialise in the investigation of complex medical problems. The combination of an advanced knowledge in this area, along with state of the art diagnostic equipment, allows us to be able to investigate, diagnose and treat a wide range medical problems in dogs and cats.


We are also very aware of the individual needs of our patients and to accommodate this, we have a wide range of different kennel types available including long-stay walk about kennels which are available in both dog and cat wards.  Our wards are managed by a team of dedicated nurses, who are on all day and night providing personalized patient care.


At Highcroft we have a multidisciplinary approach to cases, with our Internal Medicine Team working closely with other medical services, including Oncology and Cardiology, and with Specialists from other disciplines including Anesthesia, Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency and Critical Care.  This collaborative working environment allows us to provide the highest possible level of care.


The internal medicine team is comprised of 3 Consultant Specialists, who are supported by 7 referral nurses.

Internal medicine services

  • Gastrointestinal conditions (Acute or chronic vomiting and/or diarrhoea)
  • Respiratory conditions (Coughing, nasal disease)
  • Urinary tract conditions (Renal failure, haematuria, polyuria/polydipsia)
  • Haematological conditions (Anaemia, thrombocytopenia, coagulopathies)
  • Endocrine conditions (Diabetes mellitus, hyperadrenocorticism)
  • Hepatopathies, pancreatic conditions
  • Cases with clinical signs of systemic illness (Fever of unknown origin, anorexia, weight loss)
  • Gastrointestinal or respiratory foreign bodies requiring endoscopic removal

Highcroft is a Cat Friendly Clinic, accredited by International Cat Care (previously known as the Feline Advisory Bureau) and has a dedicated feline hospitalisation unit.

the team

Paul Higgs, vet at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals

Paul Higgs

Specialist Internal Medicine Consultant

Guillaume Ruiz, European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Highcroft Referrals

Guillaume Ruiz

Specialist Internal Medicine Consultant

Jennifer Stallwood, Highcroft Veterinary Referrals

Jennifer Stallwood

Internal Medicine Consultant

Vicki Adams, Deputy Referral Nurse Manager

Vicki Adams

Referral Nurse Manager

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We have now moved!

All exotic referrals will be still be seen at Highcroft. For all others referrals please visit us at Brisol Vet Specialists.