Dr. Cortright graduated from The Ohio State University. After a rotating internship at Purdue University, she completed her Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at Cornell University Hospital for Animals.
Dr. Cortright’s professional interests include endocrinology, liver disease and renal disease. Her resident project at Cornell involved Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Scottish Terriers. Dr. Cortright is a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Cortright lives with her husband, step-daughter Lauren and son William in Ithaca. They share their home with a Labrador named Indiana, a cat named Tom Hanks and the world’s greatest Boston Terrier, Cosmo. Her hobbies include volunteering with Cosmo, singing, swimming, and hiking.
Why Internal Medicine?
If your veterinarian has already diagnosed your pet you may be referred to an Internist to confirm their diagnosis and ensure proper a treatment protocol is established. It is also common to be referred to an Internist if your pet has been diagnosed with a condition which your veterinarian has limited or no experience in treating. If your veterinarian is having difficulty reaching a diagnosis or current treatments are not effective, then an Internist may be able to come to the correct diagnosis or adjust treatment plans to help get your pet healthy again. The following examples are some conditions and symptoms which may lead to your veterinarian referring your pet to an Internist:
What to Expect At Your Appointment
Dr. Cortright will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet and may discuss additional diagnostic testing when indicated. Additional testing may include testing of blood and tissue samples, diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound and radiography, biopsies of masses, internal organs or bone marrow, and endoscopy including; bronchoscopy (lungs), cystoscopy (bladder & urethra), colonoscopy (colon & small bowel), gastroduodenoscopy (stomach & upper intestines), rhinoscopy (nasal cavity), laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery for biopsies of internal organs).
Be sure to bring any relevant medical records or information to your first appointment. Ask your veterinarian for copies of any relevant medical tests, imaging studies, x-rays, or laboratory panels.
Remember, you also can do your part to maximize your pet's recovery by keeping your pet's traveling medical records organized and by strictly adhering to the recommendations of your veterinary team for the scheduling of follow up appointments, etc. At every appointment, be sure to write down any important recommendations, or ask the veterinarian or a staff member to write them down for you.