Emergency (208) 375 1600


When a clear diagnosis is elusive, or other therapies have proven ineffective, your family veterinarian may refer you to a WestVet small animal internist


A small animal internist provides diagnostic and therapeutic care for dogs and cats with acute and chronic diseases of their organ systems. This includes diseases of the lungs, thoracic, intestines, kidneys and urinary tract, and abdomen, as well as auto-immune disorders.

In addition, your specialist possesses cross training in veterinary oncology, neurology, and cardiology. Their training and expertise facilitate the development of an appropriate treatment to restore your pet’s health.

Small Animal Internists Treat a Wide Range of Veterinary Disorders:

  • Endocrinology – Addison’s disease, Cushing’s Syndrome, canine hypothyroidism, diabetes, insulinoma, and feline hyperthyroidism
  • Gastroenterology – Treatment for disorders of the stomach, intestine, esophagus, liver, pancreas, and biliary tract
  • Hematology – Treatments and therapies for red blood cell, platelet and white blood cell disorders, immunology for immunodeficiency diseases, and blood component therapy
  • Infectious Disease – Bacterial, viral disease, Bartonella, mycoplasma, rickettsial, protozoal, and fungal disease
  • Nephrology/Urology – Treatment for disorders of the kidneys, urinary bladder, ureters, and urethra
  • Respiratory Disease – Disorders of the lungs, bronchi, nasal cavity, larynx, and trachea

Our medical and surgical team includes three board-certified veterinary internists to provide the highest quality care for complex internal medicine cases.

If you feel your pet could benefit from seeing a specialist, please speak with your veterinarian about a referral.

If you have any questions regarding internal medicine treatments and services, please call WestVet at 208.375.1600.


Board Certified Small Animal Internist, Chief of Emergency & Critical Care

Victoria Ochoa, DVM, DACVIM

Board Certified Small Animal Internist

Siobhan O’Neill, DVM, DACVIM

Board Certified Small Animal Internist

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