VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Urology - Nephrology

Associate Editor

Julie Fischer

Julie Fischer

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Small Animal Internal Medicine, 2000


  • Residency in Internal Medicine, KSU, 1999
  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine, AVC, 1997
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1990

Current Professional Activities

  • Staff Internist at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego
  • Director of VSH’s SAIM Residency Training Program
  • SAIM Specialty Exam Committee member

Past Professional Activities

  • Coordinator, Renal Medicine/Hemodialysis Service at the University of California
  • Veterinary Medical Center-San Diego (a satellite of UC Davis)
  • Clinical instructor at Kansas State University
  • Private practice internist in San Jose, CA


  • Beautootle, a silver-striped and clownish piece of artwork in perpetual search of a human to flop on (and who is not very bright...shhhh….)
  • Shannon Carlos Schoendienst, an orange tabby and white cat generally called “Awful,” who is the absolute cattest of cats, and was named after several different St. Louis Cardinal baseball players after he showed up to help clinch the 2013 NLDS
  • Elliot, a smart, cheeky, and perpetually kinetic/airborne young red tri Aussie, deeply loved but (mostly) affectionately referred to as The Red Menace
  • Dayton, the single most un-ruffleable yellow Labrador on earth, a sweet, retired service dog, and Elliot’s best pal/chew-toy (who is the Object-At-Rest that tends to stay at rest to Elliot’s Object-In-Motion that tends to stay in motion)
  • Wilbur, a grey and white cat who will kill for any spicy curry dish (and at this point, anything even remotely edible, really)
  • Rosie, a big red mare who is equal parts love and trouble
  • Storm, Rosie’s big red son who desperately needs a job


  • Frances, a sweet, furtive beagle mix who we think is a secret doomsday prepper
  • Jackie, a lab x hound with a love of all humans, baseball, and Christopher
  • Wilbur, a grey and white cat who will kill for any spicy curry dish (really)


  • Dog agility and training
  • Escaping to the mountains
  • Choral music
  • Reading
  • Rugby (a beloved and sadly distant memory)

Favorite Quotes 

  • "For every mistake made by not knowing, a hundred are made by not looking."
  • "Well-behaved women rarely make history." —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

What I Like Most About VIN

The ability to help and learn from vets all over the country (and the world)!

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