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Christopher Byers

Christopher G. Byers
Veterinary Specialist
Internal Medicine, Emergency Care
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Christopher G. Byers

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Small Animal Internal Medicine
Emergency & Critical Care

Specialties Include:


Dr. Byers is an Internal Medicine Specialist at VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Byers serves as a consultant in emergency medicine for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and is a member of Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, serving on the Continuing Education Committee. He is an at-large board member of the Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine, and is very active within both the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

Dr. Christopher G. Byers grew up in the small town of Rochester, New Hampshire. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University, and graduated as a University Honors Scholar. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He is board-certified in small animal emergency and critical care, as well as small animal internal medicine. He is also a Certified Veterinary Journalist in the American Society of Veterinary Journalists.

Dr. Byers has published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has authored book chapters for several medical textbooks. He has co-authored the textbook, Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog and Cat. Dr. Byers enjoys clinical research, and his current areas of interest include immune-mediated diseases and abdominal compartment syndrome. He publishes a weekly blog for pet owners (Because Pets Can Have Specialists Too!; www.CriticalCareDVM.com) with the sole purpose of educating pet parents about the benefits of partnering with board-certified veterinary specialists.

A proponent of a well-balanced life, Dr. Byers strives to have just as much fun outside the hospital as he does caring for his patients and their families. An avid traveler, he enjoys exploring cultures around the globe and the myriad amazing travel destinations our country has to offer. He is a social ballroom dancer, and relishes the unmistakable power of the music and movement. Raised in a family with a professional chef, Dr. Byers is a self-proclaimed foodie, and absolutely delights in treating his palate to tantalizing treats.
Papers Authored & Assocations
Papers Authored

Dr. Byers is the Co-Editor of the textbook, Feline Emergency & Critical Care.  He has also authored multiple book chapters in veterinary reference textbooks, and has published numerous scientific articles in various peer-reviewed veterinary journals.

Professional Associations

Veterinarian Member, Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

At-Large Member, Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine

Member,Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association

Member, American Veterinary Medical Association

Member, AVMA Veterinary Specialty Organizations Committee

Member, AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Critical Care

Internal Medicine

A board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist is a veterinarian who completed an internship and residency (an additional 3-5 years of training after graduation from veterinary school) and passed a rigorous examination to achieve board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). These doctors have a deeper understanding of a pet’s internal body systems, as well as greater knowledge of unusual or uncommon conditions in pets.

Often called the “puzzle solvers of veterinary medicine”, board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialists have advanced training in disorders affecting the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, blood & bone marrow, and hormone-producing organs. Common diseases that affect these organs include:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Canine hypothyroidism
  • Pneumonia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Canine chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic cholangitis in cats
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Liver shunting disorders
  • Feline asthma
  • Addison’s disease
  • Chronic-active hepatitis
  • Feline hyperthyroidism
  • Infectious diseases (i.e.: tick-borne infections; fungal ailments)
  • Immune-mediated diseases

Our board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialists and their team of experienced licensed veterinary technicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and employ therapeutic interventions not generally used by family veterinarians, including:

  • Ultrasonography (abdominal, thoracic, and cervical)
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Upper & lower gastroenteroscopy
  • Laparoscopy for liver biopsies
  • Cystoscopy
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Arthrocentesis (joint fluid sampling)
  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Computed tomography (CT/CAT scan)

To help ensure pets receive the best possible healthcare, our internal medicine team collaborates with family veterinarians by providing second opinions, complex diagnostic procedures, around-the-clock nursing care, and specialized therapies.

Our Internal Medicine Team

VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

9706 Mockingbird Drive

Omaha, NE 68127

Main: 402-614-9000

Fax: 310-442-4429

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Hospital Hours:

- Call for appointment availability
Internal Medicine
- MON- FRI 8:00am-5:00pm
- MON-THUR 8:00am-5:00pm

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