Dr. Jessica Larson
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM)
Dr. Jessica Larson is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist in Tennessee. She is based out of Franklin, TN, and is available to serve general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater Nashville metro area.
Dr. Jessica Larson graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine with honors. She then completed a general rotating small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in Southfield, MI, after which she was accepted into a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Larson is Board Certified through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Larson has extensive experience in many facets of veterinary medicine including private clinical practice, industry, and at-home euthanasia. Her main interests include enhancing client relationships and engagement, being a valuable partner on the journey of each pet’s illness and being both the teacher and student in most situations. She also loves geriatric cats! In her spare time she enjoys activities with her husband and two kids and shares her home with two cats and one (big) rescue dog.
Achieved board certification through ACVIM
Completed residency at Michigan State University
Completed internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists
Earned DVM degree from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Biology
Nested case-control study of feline calicivirus viruria, oral carriage, and serum neutralizing antibodies in cats with idiopathic cystitis.
Larson J, Kruger JM, Wise AG, Kaneene JB, Miller R, Fitzgerald SD, Kiupel M, Maes RK. J Vet Intern Med. 2011 Mar-Apr;25(2):199-205.
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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.