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Julie Danner

Dr. Julie
Veterinary Specialist
Internal Medicine
Availability: Tuesday - Friday
Dr. Julie

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Small Animal Internal Medicine

Specialties Include:

Immune mediated disease
Gastrointestinal disease
Endocrine disease

My Pets:

Five cats (Bug, Grimoire, Lionel, Midge and Moth) and four freshwater fish tanks.
Dr. Danner received her DVM degree from her home state of Missouri at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at BluePearl in Tampa, Florida, followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Illinois. During her residency, she also received her master's degree in veterinary clinical medicine. She obtained board certification in 2017 and has been in private practice since that time, joining VCA in the fall of 2019. Dr. Danner enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has a special interest in immune-mediated disease, endocrine disease, and gastrointestinal disease. She can perform a variety of minimally-invasive procedures including gastrointestinal endoscopy, bronchoscopy, and rhinoscopy, among others. Dr. Danner values the long-term relationships she develops with her many of her internal medicine patients and clients. 

In her free time, Dr. Danner enjoys spending time with her partner, family, and five cats. Her and her partner have four freshwater fish tanks that are constantly being upgraded as well as an innumerable number of houseplants! She enjoys spending time outside in the garden and will soon be adding a beehive to her yard.
Papers Authored
Development of a Multivariate Predictive Model to Estimate Ionized Calcium Concentration From Serum Biochemical Profile Results in Dogs
Abstract: Ionized calcium concentration is the gold standard to assess calcium status in dogs, but measurement is not always available.
Authored: J Danner , M D Ridgway , S I Rubin , K Le Boedec 
Published: JVIM 2017

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL)
Diagnosis and Medical Management of Liver Shunts
Endo or Trans-Tracheal Washing
Endoscopy Foreign Body Removal (Esophageal, Airway, Gastric)
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Internal Medicine

What Is A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

A board certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in understanding how your pet's internal body systems function and in diagnosing and treating the many serious diseases that can affect the health of those systems. An internal medicine specialist has advanced training in the following disciplines:

  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology (study of the blood)
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology/Urology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Oncology

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in internal medicine in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

*Within the discipline of veterinary internal medicine, there are also veterinarians who specialize further in Small Animal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, and Oncology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs a specialist to help diagnose or treat a particularly complicated medical problem. While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board certified veterinary internists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.

What Health Problems Does A Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist Treat?

Board certified internal medicine specialists are trained to treat the most serious diseases and health problems that affect pets. They are also especially prepared to care for pets that may be facing multiple health problems. Thanks to better health care, more and more pets are living longer lives. As a result, an increasing number of older pets, just like older people, are coping with multiple disease states that can be very difficult to manage. For example, a cat with diabetes may also be suffering from kidney failure, or a dog in heart failure may also be diagnosed with cancer. Internal medicine specialists are uniquely prepared to oversee the care of these complicated cases. In other situations, a younger animal may develop a problem that used to be considered untreatable but is now manageable and perhaps even curable.

Here are some common diseases that frequently lead general practitioner veterinarians and concerned pet owners to seek the expertise of a specialist:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Immune Related Disorders
  • Kidney Dysfunction

Why Can't I See an Internal Medicine Specialist All the Time?

In some cases you can. In many practices, the 'general practitioner' veterinarian at a practice is also a boarded internal medicine specialist. General practice veterinarians, however, are also highly educated medical professionals who must meet ongoing continuing education requirements throughout their professional careers in order to maintain their licensure. When a specialist is needed, he or she is only a phone call or a visit away.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In many cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is coping with multiple disease states or conditions. In other cases, your referral doctor will take over the majority of your pet's medical care. It depends on your pet's particular disease and health problem.

Did You Know?

There are approximately 1400 board certified veterinary internal medicine specialists in the United States, and the number is growing.

VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Main: 630-963-0424

Fax: 630-963-0537

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 am

Specialty/Emergency Hours:

The change in hours will not affect our specialty departments. Specialty Services available Monday- Friday by appointment.

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