Does my horse need an internal medicine specialist?

Large Animal Internal Medicine (LAIM) Specialists will work with your primary care veterinarian to ensure the best possible treatment and care for your horse. Asking your primary care veterinarian for a referral to a LAIM Specialist does not mean that you do not trust your veterinarian. Rather, it means that you are looking out for the best interests of your horse. Your LAIM specialist will work as a team with your primary care veterinarian to provide the best possible care and treatment for your horse. Not all medical problems require the expertise of a specialist. However, there are some cases when the second opinion of a specialist might be a benefit for your horse. Examples include:

  • Your horse’s disease is uncommon, complicated or undiagnosed after standard testing.
  • You would like an informed, neutral second opinion of your horse’s condition.
  • The outcomes of the current treatments are not going well or as expected.
  • Your horse requires a sophisticated procedure that is offered by a specialty hospital.
  • Your horse can benefit from 24-hour monitoring provided by a referral hospital.

Source:  American College of Veterinary Medicine.