- The specialty of internal medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical conditions
- This includes gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems
- Caring for patients with acute, sometimes life-threatening illnesses and patients with complicated and chronic issues
- Endoscopic procedures involving the intestinal tract, respiratory tract, urogenital tract and nasal passages as well as retrieval if intestinal foreign objects
Elizabeth Settles, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Elizabeth Settles attended the University of Kentucky from 1982-1986 where she studied Microbiology and Music Performance. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Auburn University in 1990 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri from 1990-1991. Dr. Settles then completed a dual residency in Cardiology and Internal Medicine at Missouri from 1991-1994. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has also completed advanced training in Immunology and Vaccinology.
She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where she practiced cardiology, internal medicine and emergency medicine in private practice for 10 years. During that time she was also the Medical Director of both an independent emergency practice and a 24-hour specialty referral hospital. From 2004-2006 she worked full-time as an internal medicine consultant with Phoenix Central Laboratory, a large regional veterinary diagnostic laboratory, and continues to provide consulting services for them to general practitioners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. She also worked at Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) from 2006 to 2014 providing training in veterinary internal medicine, cardiology, ultrasound, endoscopy and infectious diseases, as well as consulting with the R&D department on pharmaceutical and biologic products for small and large animals globally.
In April 2016, Dr. Settles joined SVS where she has been instrumental in creating and Internal Medicine department dedicated to providing complete care to our community.