Dr. Robert Vasilopulos
Board-Certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist
Dr. Robert Vasilopulos is a board-certified small animal internist, available to serve clinics throughout suburban Chicago, IL and northwest Indiana. His services include consultation, ultrasound, endoscopy and other IM-related tests and treatment plans.
Dr. Vasilopulos earned his DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He practiced in the Chicagoland area for 8 years before completing a residency and master’s degree in small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University, where his thesis and research involved Giardia infections in cats.
After completing his residency, he was the head of the internal medicine department and the director of the internship program for 8 years in Tucson, Arizona. He returned to Chicago and practiced internal medicine for 12 years in a referral specialty practice. He has been an internal medicine consultant for Veterinary Information Network (VIN) for 20+ years.
He enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but gastroenterology, infectious diseases and hematology are included in his areas of interest. He has 20+ years of experience performing abdominal, thoracic, and small part ultrasound examinations as well as performing echocardiograms. He is very experienced in endoscopy including gastrointestinal, bronchoscopy and rhinoscopy.
When Dr. Vasilopulos isn’t working, he enjoys scuba diving, golfing, and rooting for all Chicago sports teams, especially the Chicago Cubs. He and his wife, Nancy, have 3 dogs – a Rottweiler, foster fail pit bull mix, and a small terrier mix that was rescued after being abandoned with pneumonia as a puppy.
Achieved board certification through ACVIM
Earned masters in veterinary medicine and completed Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Mississippi State University
Graduated from the University of Illinois with bachelor’s degree
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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.