Dr. Katie Lock
Board-Certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist
Dr. Katie Lock is a board-certified small animal internist, available to serve clinics throughout the Birmingham, AL metropolitan area. Her services include consultation, ultrasound, endoscopy and other IM-related tests and treatment plans.
Dr. Katie Cooley Lock is a Birmingham native who grew up working at Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic in South Birmingham, and attending the Oak Mountain School System, where she played volleyball and softball. A graduate of Mississippi State University for her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, Dr. Lock also played college softball at MSU and was captain of the team from 2006-2007. After completing her internship, residency, and working at multiple veterinary hospitals, Dr. Lock achieved board certification through the ACVIM in the summer of 2022.
Dr. Lock’s main goal is to provide the best possible care to every patient and treat them as if they were her own. In her spare time, she enjoys activities with her family, her local church, or time spent on any available body of water!
Achieved board certification through ACVIM
Completed Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Mississippi State University
Completed Internship in Internal Medicine and Oncology at Mississippi State University
Completed Internship in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University
Earned DVM degree from Mississippi State University.
Earned a Master of Science in Physiology from Mississippi State University.
Graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Assessment of erythrocyte damage and in-line pressure changes associated with simulated transfusion of canine blood through microaggregate filters- published AJVR September 2019.
Effect of clinical signs, endocrinopathies, timing of surgery, hyperlipidemia, and hyperbilirubinemia on outcome in dogs with gallbladder mucocele. Published Vet J 2019.
Ecological level analysis of primary lung tumors in dogs and cats and environmental radon activity- published JVIM 2020.
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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 vetspecialists.com.
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