Linda Okonkowski, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Portrait of MOVES veterinary internal medicine specialist Linda Okonkowski, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
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Dr. Linda Okonkowski

Board-Certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Linda Okonkowski is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist in Michigan. She is based out of Howell, MI and is available to serve general practices and emergency animal hospitals throughout her service area in southeast Michigan.


Dr. Linda Okonkowski received her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Hillsdale College in 2012. After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University in 2016, she completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. She then completed her Internal Medicine Residency back at her Alma Mater, MSU, in 2020.

Dr. Okonkowski enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has a specific interest in gastroenterology and hepatology. She has extensive experience with abdominal ultrasonography, gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, and bronchoscopy. Dr. Okonkowski prides herself on being a doctor of integrity, appreciates open and honest communication, and emphasizes the importance of a team approach when managing patients.

In her free time, Dr. Okonkowski loves to swim (she was actually a competitive swimmer through her time at Hillsdale and even into her Residency!), read, and spend time with her husband and their two black labs.


  • 2023
    Joined MOVES
  • 2022
    Achieved board certification through ACVIM.
  • 2020
    Completed Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine (Lansing, MI)
  • 2017
    Completed small animal rotating internship at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (Pittsburg, PA).
  • 2016
    Earned DVM from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. (Lansing, MI)
  • 2012
    Graduated from Hillsdale College with a B.S. in Biology

Alysha M. Vincent, Linda K. Okonkowski, et al. Low-dose desoxycorti-costerone pivalate treatment of hypoadrenocorticism in dogs: A random-ized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. June 2021. Published.

LK Okonkowski, et al. Asymptomatic Carriage of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex Pathogens Among Healthy Dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice. May 2021. Published.

Okonkowski LK, Newman RG, Piperisova I. Pathology in Practice. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. December 2019. Published.

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    Dr. Linda Okonkowski

    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 (blood cells) & immunology (immune diseases). 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