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Meet Our New Internist, Dr. Kristen Kelly

We are excited to welcome our new internist, Kristen Kelly, DVM, DACVIM.

Kristen Kelly, DVM, DACVIM BlogDr. Kelly received her veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2011 and went on to complete a small animal internship in veterinary private practice in Connecticut. She then made the big move to the West Coast for a specialty internship, where she fell in love with not just internal medicine but California as well. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM)*.

Read more about Dr. Kelly on our Meet Our Team page.

Internal Medicine Services – How and When We Can Help Your Pets

Veterinary internists specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the internal organs. Your veterinarian may refer you to an internist when your pet has a complex or chronic illness or disease. Internists are highly trained to understand the complicated interaction of all organ systems. Think of them as medical detectives. Diseases of the internal organ systems often require specialized testing to obtain an accurate diagnosis. It is only then that an appropriate treatment plan can be created specifically for your pet.

Common diseases internists treat
  • Blood disorders
  • Cancer
  • Digestive/gastrointestinal tract disease
  • Hormonal/endocrine disorders
  • Immune mediated diseases
  • Infectious disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver and gallbladder disease
  • Respiratory (lung and airway) disease
  • Urinary and reproductive tract disease

Now with two internists on the VSEC team, we have expanded our IM coverage to six days a week.

Learn more about our diagnostic procedures and therapeutic treatments by clicking here: Internal Medicine Services.

A Message From Our New Internist – Kristen Kelly, DVM, DACVIM

“Though I’ll always be an East Coast girl at heart, I jumped at the opportunity to move to California to join the amazing team of veterinarians at VSEC. I am excited to help expand the growing internal medicine service and look forward to working with referring veterinarians. The best part of being an internist is forming close relationships with pet owners and their pets. My priorities are to provide excellent care of each and every patient, and support the entire family as they go through the stress of having a sick pet.  

While this was a big cross-country move to make, it doesn’t hurt that I moved to the land of endless summers. I can’t wait to explore Southern California. My dog Matilda is already enjoying sunny naps by the beach!”


Consultations with one of our specialists are available with referral from your family veterinarian and by appointment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly, please contact us at (805) 492-2436 or

Our Emergency Department is open 24/7/365. No appointment is needed. If possible, please call ahead so that we may prepare for your arrival.

*A board-certified internal medicine specialist has completed several years of training after veterinary school including an internship, an internal medicine residency, and passed rigorous examinations administered through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Only then can they be called a specialist. You will see them referred to as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. They are also referred to as ‘board certified’.

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