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David Feldman

DVM, DACVIM
Dr Deldman
Medical Director
Internal Medicine
Dr Deldman

Dr. Feldman was born and raised in Los Angeles's Westside and attended University High School. He received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis in 1986, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, also from UC Davis in 1990. He received his post-graduate training in private practice at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, at Cornell University in New York, and at UC Davis.

From 1993 to 2001 Dr. Feldman was a partner at the California Animal Hospital's Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. In June, 2001 Dr. Feldman founded Los Angeles Veterinary Specialists in West Hollywood, a full-service, 24 hour Internal Medicine and Cardiology referral practice catering to dogs and cats with difficult and/or complex illnesses.

Dr. Feldman has an active interest in gastroenterology, liver diseases, cardiopulmonary disorders, and diseases of the immune system. Dr. Feldman is widely published in veterinary scientific journals and other publications, and has actively participated in veterinary drug trials and industrial consulting. Dr. Feldman has been instrumental in the training of numerous interns and residents in Internal Medicine and in setting forth the minimum requirements for veterinary internship programs in the state of California.

Dr. Feldman is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

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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'┬Ł 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.

Our Internal Medicine Team

Veterinary Specialist
VCA Los Angeles Veterinary Specialists

8723 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Main: 310-659-5287

Fax: 310-289-7802

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Tue: Temporarily Closed

    Wed-Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Sun: Closed

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