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Randi Fishkin

DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC/Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care
Dr. Randi Fishkin
Veterinary Specialist
Internal Medicine, Emergency & Critical Care
Availability: Tuesday - Friday
Dr. Randi Fishkin

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2001

Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care
Internal Medicine

Specialties Include:

Ultrasound
CPR
Transfusion Medicine

Dr. Randi Fishkin Ranade grew up in Stony Brook, NY, and attended Brandeis University for her undergraduate degree. In 2001, she graduated from The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Fishkin (as she is commonly referred to) went on to then complete her general rotating internship as well as a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She has attained board certification in both specialties. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Fishkin continued to work in Manhattan as a Criticalist from 2006-2012.

In 2012, she moved to South Florida for the weather, the ocean and to have a back yard!

Years in Practice: 18

Education: Atlantic Veterinary College at The University of Prince Edward Island, 2001, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
Digital Radiography
Ultrasonography

Internal Medicine

We have all hear stories of successful medical care of a friend or family member that was injured or managing a long term medical event. In each story you are bound to hear about the tremendous care the doctor provided as well as the tremendous skill and state of the art medicine that made it all possible. At VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital our staff takes pride in this dedication to the care of animals and works closely with our specialists to provide the most efficient and effective care possible to get your fur-baby home quickly.

Our Board Certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Randi Fishkin Ranade, works side by side with our Doctors to ensure that your pet receives the most comprehensive care possible. Through advanced evaluation for symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and weight loss and advanced assessment of heart disease, kidney and liver disease, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, immune-mediated diseases and anemia our specialty care is second to none.

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 Hollywood Animal Hospital

2864 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, FL 33020

Main: 954-920-3556

Fax: 954-920-4716

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sat: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

    Sun: Open 24 hours

Emergency Hours:

Mon-Sat: 7:00PM to 7:30AM
Sunday: All Day for Emergencies Only

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