Derek Duval, VMD, DACVIM (SAIM)

Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist in Atlanta GA
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Dr. Derek Duval

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM)

Dr. Derek Duval is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist in Georgia. He is based out of Atlanta, GA, and is available to serve general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Atlanta metro area.


Dr. Duval completed his undergraduate and veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Derek and his wife, Julie Duval, VMD, DACVS, moved to Georgia where Derek did his internship at University of Georgia while Julie completed her residency in surgery. After his internship, Derek stayed on faculty at UGA and ran the Outpatient Medicine service for two years.

The Duvals then returned to Philadelphia where Dr. Derek Duval completed his small animal internal medicine residency at Penn. During his residency, Derek was responsible for setting up and starting the outpatient endoscopy service at Penn and completed research and publications on immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). Dr. Duval completed his board certification in small animal internal medicine in 1997 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM). He has served the ACVIM in a variety or roles including credentialing, test preparation and rating and other volunteer services.

Since leaving academia, the Duvals have been practicing high-quality specialty medicine and surgery in the Southeast, including most of the last 20 years practicing in Atlanta. Dr. Duval is an accomplished endoscopist (both rigid and flexible endoscopy), ultrasonographer, and diagnostician and enjoys all aspects of internal medicine and endoscopy. Dr. Duval has a special interest in interventional endoscopy and radiology. He has helped pioneer procedures such as tracheal and urethral stenting and balloon dilation treatment for esophageal strictures. Dr. Duval has lectured extensively locally and nationally on a variety of topics in internal medicine.

The Duvals live in Atlanta with their dogs Maisie (Sheltie) and Mr. Darcy (Schipperke), assorted frogs, and a gecko. They have two adult children who graduated from Emory, Georgia Tech, and UGA (grad school) who have inherited their love for animals, but not for veterinary medicine. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Derek is an avid home-brewer, martial artist, and scuba diver and enjoys sharing music, travel, and outdoor activities with Julie and their family.


  • 2019
    Joined MOVES
  • 1997
    Achieved board certification through ACVIM
  • 1996
    Completed residency at University of Pennsylvania
  • 1992
    Completed internship at University of Georgia
  • 1991
    Earned VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1989
    Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Theoretical Mathematics and Biology

​Tulipan, R., Duval, J., Duval, D., et al.  “Incidence of histopathologic inflammatory bowel disease in dogs with biliary mucocele: a retrospective study” Poster presentation at ACVIM, Seattle, WA, June, 2014

​Mason NJ, Duval D, and Giger U, “Evaluation of Combined Cyclophosphamide and Prednisone Versus Prednisone Alone in the Treatment of Canine Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.”  Abstract in ACVIM Proceedings 1997.

Duval D and Giger U, “Vaccine-Associated Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in ​the Dog.”  Journal Veterinary  Internal Med 10:290-295, 1996.

Duval D and Mahaffey E, “Predicted Mean Corpuscular Volume as an Indicator of Bone Marrow Iron in Anemic Dogs.”  Vet Clin Path 25:95-98, 1996.

Duval D “Hypertonic Saline Solutions in Hypovolemic Shock.”  Compendium onContinuing Education 17(10):1228-1231, 1995.

Duval D, Barsanti JA, Cornelius LM, and Duval JM, “Ammonium Acid Urate Urolithiasis in a Cat.”  Feline Practice 23(4):18-20, 1995. 

Cornelius LM and Duval D, “Case Studies in Feline Hepatobiliary Disease.” Veterinary Medicine 874-890, 1994.

Duval D and Shiarella K, “Nephrotoxicity of Aminoglycoside Antibiotics in the ​Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicinum).”  Axolotl Newsletter, 1991.

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    What is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist?

    A veterinary internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who has completed advanced training in internal medicine (including a one-year internship and three-year residency) following graduation from their veterinary college. The residency training culminates with a comprehensive examination covering all aspects of veterinary small animal internal medicine. Once these requirements have been fulfilled, the veterinarian is considered to be a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

    The umbrella of small animal internal medicine includes many sub disciplines including gastroenterology (esophageal, stomach and intestinal disease), hepatology (liver and pancreatic disease), endocrinology (hormonal disease), infectious diseases, urology (urinary tract disease), nephrology (kidney disease), respiratory medicine (nose, airway and lung disease), and hematology & immunology (blood cell and immune-disease). In many cases, the signs of a patient may include many of these organ systems. Due to their holistic approach, internal medicine specialists may also manage cases of patients with neurologic, cardiovascular or cancerous diseases, especially when these patients also share diseases within the scope of internal medicine.

    Adapted from “What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?” on