Tracey Gillespie, DVM, DACVIM-SA
Dr. Tracey Gillespie joined Indianapolis Veterinary Referral in the summer of 2011 and is enjoying her return to clinical practice. Dr. Gillespie completed her veterinary degree at Purdue University in 1997. After a private practice internship and a year of emergency medicine in New Jersey, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and became board certified in 2003. She joined a surgical referral hospital and built an Internal Medicine practice in Memphis, TN where she practiced for 7 years. In 2008, she joined IDEXX labs as a consultant for the reference laboratory.
Purdue University, DVM - 1997
Internship - Garden State Veterinary Specialists - 1998
Internal Medicine Residency:
University of Pennsylvania 2001
Specialty Board Certification:
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Small Animal
AVMA American Veterinary Medical Association
IVMA Indiana Veterinary Medical Association
American Heartworm Society
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INDIANAPOLIS VETERINARY REFERRAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
Who we are...
Indianapolis Veterinary Referral is a Veterinary Specialty Hospital founded in 1989. For over two decades we have provided state-of-the-art veterinary care at the specialist level in a multidisciplinary facility. Currently, IVR houses 9 doctors dedicated to emergency and referral medicine only. We provide specialized care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are staffed with more than 20 veterinary nurses and caretakers. Our nurses provide compassionate and dedicated patient care around the clock.
We have specialists in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Oncology, and off-site Radiologists. We see an average of 600 plus patients a month. More than 450 referring veterinarians trust us with the care of their patients and their families. We moved to our brand new state-of-the-art 22,000-square foot facility in 2007 where we accommodate cutting-edge technology that allows us to provide gold standard care across the Midwest.
What we do...
We provide specialized clinical care for animals in all disciplines of veterinary medicine. With specialists in surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, oncology, and radiology, our doctors accumulate more than 100 years of combined experience in the practice of the highest quality veterinary medicine.
Indianapolis Veterinary Referral provides the latest and most advanced diagnostic procedures on a daily basis. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
IVR was the first veterinary hospital to offer in-house Computed Axial Tomography (CAT Scans) in the greater Indianapolis Area. Our 24-hour access to high quality transverse imaging allows us to early diagnose and treat complex problems associated with the brain, spinal cord, spine, abdominal, thoracic, and pelvic cavities.
We house the latest technology in both rigid and flexible video-endoscopy. This, combined with the expertise and training of our specialists, make endoscopic diagnosis and treatments commonplace in our practice. Rhinoscopy, upper GI, colonoscopy, cystoscopy, otoscopy, and arthroscopy are some of the routine diagnostic procedures performed daily in our practice. We also perform minimally invasive surgical procedures such as thoracoscopic pericardectomies, thoracic and abdominal biopsies, and laparoscopic procedures.
Ultrasonographic diagnoses are also performed routinely. Our skilled specialists rely on this technology for imaging of the abdomen, pelvic cavity, and thoracic cavity. Echocardiograms, utilizing color flow Doppler, are also performed to evaluate the function and anatomy of the heart. Various ultrasound-guided procedures are also performed in our clinic. This provides tissue or cytological diagnosis in a minimally invasive way and can often be performed as an out patient procedure.
Our internist, Dr. Tracey Gillespie, leads the Internal Medicine service and strives to provide compassionate, complete, continual care of critical patients. She diagnoses, manages, and treats a wide range of endocrinologic, metabolic, cardiac, renal, neurologic, hepatobiliary, autoimmune and GI diseases. Her extensive experience in abdominal, thoracic, and cardiac ultrasonography allows her to provide comprehensive patient care and diagnosis. Our internist along with a dedicated and specialized nursing staff provide around the clock care for the sickest patients in our hospital.
The internal medicine service provides a wide variety of diagnostics including:
- Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) tap and analysis
- Joint tap and analysis
- Ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsies
- Bone marrow analysis including core biopsies and aspirates
- Upper GI endoscopy (Gastroduodenoscopy)
- Lower GI endoscopy (Colonoscopy)
- Digital radiographs
- IV nutrition (TPN or PPN)
- Stomach feeding tubes (endoscopically placed)
- Esophageal feeding tubes
The internal medicine service also provides diagnosis and treatment for patients with all types of cancer. They provide chemotherapy and immunotherapy for a large number of patients every week. They also facilitate radiation treatment for patients when indicated to treat a specific disease. Our Oncology Service and Surgery Service work together intimately to provide diagnosis, through surgical biopsies, and treatment for those patients in need of surgical removal of their tumors to achieve cure or palliative treatment before definitive therapy is started. In addition to state of the art oncological treatment options, the goal of the service is to provide the best quality of life possible for all patients.
What to Expect
Please know that the IndyVet Internal Medicine team is committed to providing the best, most appropriate care for your pet in partnership with your family veterinarian.
- Many pets can be managed on an outpatient basis while others may need to spend 1 to 2 days in our offices undergoing a comprehensive evaluation.
- Unless otherwise directed, please do not feed your pet after midnight the night before your appointment.
- Ask your family veterinarian to fax or provide you with prior lab work and reports related to your pet's problem. (If your pet was seen in our Emergency department, IndyVet will transfer the appropriate information to our specialists.)
- At your visit, an IndyVet Internal Medicine doctor will examine your pet and review their medical history.
- Most likely, your pet will undergo one or more diagnostic tests.
- One of our internal medicine specialists will talk with you about your pet's condition and suggest the appropriate course of medical therapy.
- If hospitalization is required, our 24-hour nursing staff will work closely with our specialists to care for your pet
- While hospitalized, you can expect frequent updates on your pets condition and you are always welcome to call for an update. Extensive morning, afternoon and evening visiting hours allow hospitalized patients and their families time and flexibility to make sure they have quality time together.
- You and your primary veterinarian will receive a summary detailing the clinical findings, diagnosis and treatment recommendation(s).