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					           BRYAN HARNETT, DVM, DACVIM                                                   WHAT IS THE ACVIM?
                                                                   The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Bryan Harnett earned
both      his        Bachelor     of                                              (ACVIM)     is    the   non-profit    international

Science degree in 1995 and                                                                certifying organization for veterinary

his Doctor of Veterinary                                                                    specialists in small animal internal
Medicine        in    1997      from                                                        medicine,     cardiology,     oncology,
Kansas      State       University.                                                       neurology, and large animal internal
Following       graduation,      Dr.                                                    medicine.   ACVIM has more than 1,800
Harnett         completed          a
                                                                   active members, called ACVIM Diplomates (DACVIM), who
medical and surgical internship in 1998, then a
                                                                   are board-certified veterinary specialists.
comprehensive internal medicine residency in 2000 from
The Bobst Hospital of the Animal Medical Center, New                      WHAT ARE SMALL ANIMAL INTERNISTS?
York City’s largest multi-specialty animal care facility           Small animal internists are specialists who focus on
which sees over 50,000 cases annually.
                                                                   diseases of the internal systems.       They have completed
Dr. Harnett was a staff internist for seven years at               basic veterinary education, an internship and residency in
Mission MedVet (MMV), another large multi-specialty                their specialty, and passed rigorous testing to achieve board
veterinary facility in his hometown, Kansas City. While            certification from the ACVIM.
his time there provided many great memories, an
opportunity to move to Vermont could not be passed up.             They   have      a   greater knowledge     of    complicated   or

Together with the former executive leadership, Dr.                 uncommon, even rare medical conditions of animals and are
Harnett was instrumental in the transformation of the              trained in the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic
Burlington Emergency Veterinary Services to the new                equipment.
Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists (BEVS).
In October of 2007, he joined BEVS as medical director             Some conditions for which your family veterinarian might ask

and its first veterinary specialist.       In April of 2009, Dr.   you to send your pet to the internist for are:

Harnett formed Vermont Veterinary Internal Medicine                 Multiple disease conditions that are very difficult to manage
(VVIM), which continues to operate out of the BEVS                  Disorders requiring specialized diagnostics or treatments
facility. Dr. Harnett and his VVIM staff strive to provide          Complicated endocrine diseases
the highest quality of referral patient care to Vermont             Unresolved breathing problems
and surrounding northeastern states.
                                                                    Bleeding disorders or anemia
Dr. Harnett is a Diplomate of the American College of               Infectious diseases                                                      @BEVS
Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). He is a member                Liver disease                                                       200 Commerce Street
of the Greater Burlington Veterinary Medical Association                                                                                 Williston, VT 05495
                                                                    Unexplained weight loss
(GBVMA), the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association                                                                                       (802) 863-2387
                                                                    Chronic vomiting or diarrhea                                
(VVMA),         and     the     American   Veterinary   Medical
                                                                    Kidney and bladder diseases
Association (AVMA).
                       COMPLETE PATIENT CARE
We believe that medical and surgical management of your                        ULTRASOUND AND ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY                       and frequencies are calculated to produce the least side
                                                                      These   diagnostic   procedures     generate   computerized    effects while maximizing defense against cancer.
pet’s condition can be optimized if we work as a team with
                                                                                                                                     Pets are generally better able than people to tolerate
your local veterinarian, our specialty services and 24-hour           images of internal organs such as the heart, liver, spleen,
                                                                                                                                     cancer chemotherapy and experience a good quality of
critical care staff.    A wide range of patient care procedures       kidneys, and bladder using noninvasive sound waves which
are available through the specialists who operate out of the          aid in diagnosis of conditions such as tumors, obstructions,                     RADIOIODINE THERAPY
BEVS facility: Small Animal Internal Medicine, Surgery,               and fluid accumulation:                                        Radioiodine Therapy (I-131) is the preferred treatment for
Radiology, and Large and Small Animal Ophthalmology.                   Abdominal Ultrasound                                         feline (as well as human) hyperthyroidism. The treatment
Please ask your local veterinarian if you believe your pet                                                                           is safe, highly effective and permanent. Radioiodine (I-
                                                                       Thoracic Ultrasound
would benefit from a visit with a board-certified specialist.                                                                        131) is given as one injection under the skin similar to a
                                                                       Echocardiogram
                                                                                                                                     routine feline vaccine. After the treatment, a short stay is
                                                                       Ultrasound-guided fine needle aspirate or biopsy
          PREPARING FOR YOUR PET’S FIRST VISIT                                                                                       required by law until the level of radiation is at an
Internal medicine consultations are available Monday                                                                                 acceptable level.
through Thursday. Morning appointments are encouraged
                                                                      This is a minimally invasive procedure using a tiny video      FEEDING TUBE PLACEMENT
to give doctors and staff ample time to perform patient
                                                                      camera attached to the end of a flexible or rigid tube. This   Special tubes can be placed strategically to allow pets to
procedures in the afternoon.        After the appointment has
                                                                      special procedure allows direct examination of inside          continue receiving nutrition and oral medications.
been made, we will ask your referring veterinarian to send
                                                                      surfaces of hollow organs from which foreign bodies can be      Esophagostomy tube
us a copy of your pet’s medical records. Remember to bring
                                                                      found and extracted. Biopsy samples of tumors and other         NE tube
the radiographs with you. We recommend not feeding your
pet breakfast the morning of your appointment.                        lesions can also be easily collected.                           PEG tube
                                                                       Upper GI tract (EGD–stomach and upper intestines)             Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
                       AFTER YOUR PET’S VISIT                          Lower GI tract (colonoscopy)
The specialists communicate with you and your veterinarian             Rhinoscopy (nasal passages)                                       BIOPSY AND ADVANCED LABORATORY TESTING
throughout the treatment process to assure appropriate                                                                               Biopsy of certain tissue or fluid samples may require a
                                                                       Bronchoscopy (lungs)
                             follow-up care for your pet. A                                                                          complicated procedure best done by the internist.
                                                                       Cystoscopy (bladder)
                               detailed   written       report   is                                                                   Bone marrow aspiration
                               provided    to    your     referring                                                                   Cerebrospinal fluid collection
                                 veterinarian after your pet’s        Internal organs in the peritoneal cavity can be visualized      Tracheal wash
                                    visit to the hospital.            directly with this minimally invasive method. Biopsy samples   In-house laboratory tests are performed by
                                                                      of tumors or other lesions can also be easily collected.       certified veterinary technicians trained in
                                     Following      a     complete                                                                   internal medicine procedures.
physical examination during your pet’s visit, your pet's                                    CHEMOTHERAPY
internist may recommend one or more of these advanced                 Chemotherapeutic drugs slow down growth of cancer cells
diagnostic or therapeutic procedures depending on your                while minimally affecting normal cells. Drug doses                     Call (802) 863-2387 to schedule an appointment.
pet’s condition:                                                                                                                             Visit for more referral information.

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