Sarah Dowling, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

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Dr. Sarah Dowling

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM)

Dr. Sarah Dowling is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist in northern Virginia. She is based out of Sterling, VA, and is available to serve general practice and emergency animal hospitals throughout the greater DC metro area.


Dr. Dowling is an East Coast native but relocated to the Midwest as a child. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian but specifically fell in love with internal medicine while obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana in 2011. In 2012, she completed a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota. She then went on to complete a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. After becoming board-certified (and with her parents living in Annapolis, MD), Dr. Dowling returned to the East Coast. She practiced in Lancaster, PA until 2020, then moved to the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area where she continued practicing in Rockville, MD prior to joining MOVES in early 2021.

Dr. Dowling has enjoyed meeting and forming partnerships and friendships with the family veterinarians and staff in the NoVA region since starting with MOVES in April 2021. She is excited to continue to offer high quality and convenient internal medicine services to family veterinarians, owners, and patients in the NoVA area. She enjoys implementing a team-approach with owners and family veterinarians to ensure seamless care for her patients. 

In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, cooking, and gardening. 


  • 2021
    Joined MOVES
  • 2015
    Achieved board certification through ACVIM
  • 2015
    Completed residency at University of Wisconsin
  • 2012
    Completed internship at University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
  • 2011
    Earned DVM degree from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2006
    Graduated from University of Illinois with a B.S. in Animal Science

Barry-Heffernan C, Dowling SR, Pinkerton ME, Viviano K. (2019)
Biomarkers of oxidative stress as an assessment of the redox status of the liver in dogs.
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Mar-April; 33 (2): 611-617

Dowling SR, Foster JD, Ginn J, Foy DS, Trepanier LA. (2015)
Opportunistic fungal infections in dogs treated with ciclosporine and glucocorticoids: eight cases.
Journal of Small Animal Practitioners, published online May 2015.

Klosterman ES, Moore GE, de Brito Galvao JF, DiBartola SP, Groman RP, Whittemore JC, Vaden SL, Harris TL, Byron JK, Dowling SR, Grant DC, Grauer GF, Pressler BM. (2011)
Comparison of signalment, clinicopathologic findings, histologic diagnosis, and prognosis in dogs with glomerular disease with or without nephrotic syndrome.
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Mar-April; 25 (2): 206-14.

Munks MJ, Byron JK, Dowling SR, Szigetvari N, Ridgway MD, Mitchell M.
The Use of Anti-Inflammatory Therapy as Adjunctive Treatment in Dogs with Blastomycosis.
University of Illinois Summer Research Training Program, Abstract, August 2010.

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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