We know that this is an uncertain and stressful time for our clients, and they will be concerned for the health of their pets. To ensure we stay open the VIMS team is following the guidelines of the World Health Organisation, the NZ Ministry of Health, and the NZ Veterinary Association so that the risk of transmission of the virus is reduced in our hospital. We are working hard to ensure that we are able to stay fully operational and continue to provide care for you and your pets.
There is currently no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people, or vice versa.
We are not allowing any visitors into the hospital while the country is on alert level 4. This is so that we can safely see pets owned by people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who are in self isolation, as well as those who are not. If you are self isolating, in quarantine or have tested positive, we would be grateful if you can inform us before your arrival so we can be fully prepared.
We would be grateful if all of those visiting our hospital could please be patient with our team – your visit may take a little more time than usual.
If you have any questions or need more information, please call us on 09 845 5455 option 1 or email us at [email protected].
Welcome to Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists (VIMS) based in the VSG Hospital at 97 Carrington Road, Mount Albert.
Internal Medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of medical syndromes such as blood disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer, heart disease and many other illnesses.
An Internal Medicine Specialist is a veterinarian who has completed their veterinary degree then gone on to complete 3-4 years of post-graduate training and an examination process in either Australia, the UK or the USA. The program is rigorous and similar to that which a human medical specialist undergoes. A high level of ongoing learning is expected of qualified people to be able to keep up with the latest scientific advances.
Newly rebranded as VIMS (previously the Internal Medicine department of the Veterinary Specialist Group), we are the longest-standing private internal medicine practice in New Zealand. Led by the country’s most experienced medicine specialist Dr Mark Robson, our dedicated team of vets, nurses and receptionists provide the next level of expertise and care. We have access to advanced imaging and surgical expertise from colleagues within the hospital.
We provide 24-hour care for your pet with the help of the Animal Emergency Centre, which Dr Robson co-founded to provide excellent overnight and emergency animal care.
Your local vet will be doing a great job for your pet but there are many syndromes that are hard to diagnose and need a higher level of knowledge, experience and equipment in order to get an answer. Even when the diagnosis is known (for instance cancer) many pets will benefit from the skills that a medicine specialist can offer.
In many pets ONLY advanced diagnostic equipment such as endoscopes can achieve a safe and accurate diagnosis.