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 www.vvim.com
(VVMA), and the American Veterinary Medical
Kidney and bladder diseases
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-
would benefit from a visit with a board-certified specialist. 131) is given as one injection under the skin similar to a
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
follow-up care for your pet. A complicated procedure best done by the internist.
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 www.vvim.com for more referral information.