Emergency and critical care specialists have to complete a one-year internship and a three-year residency following graduation which is approved and under the supervision of the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (ACVECC). To become a Diplomate ACVECC a research project has to be published as well as passing successfully a comprehensive examination.
Critical Care is a diverse specialty with the ability to perform emergent surgeries or manage some of the sickest patients. Our hospital offers full stat labs, fluoroscopy, advanced imaging software, and state-of-the-art operating rooms available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to manage pets that are rapidly changing. Dr. Simmons heads the intensive care unit (ICU) in our hospital where the sickest patients are treated.
Typical patients who are transferred to ICU / critical care may include:
• Patients following major surgeries
• Trauma patients with large wounds or chest injuries or fractures
• Seizuring or paralyzed patients
• Pets with difficulties breathing
• Cardiac emergencies
• Patients requiring blood transfusions
• Pets which are unable to eat and require feeding tubes or intravenous nutrition