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Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group (VERG)


Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, a.k.a. VERG, is a progressive, 7000 square foot state of the art emergency and referral hospital in the trendy Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. We are the only 24 hour emergency and referral hospital in Brooklyn, a borough of 3.5 million people and receive referrals from over 100 local practices, which provide us with diverse and interesting cases.

VERG has entered the 5th year of successful intern and extern training. Because we are a smaller facility, our interns benefit from individualized attention. Interns will spend time on the various specialties with approximately one third of their time devoted to emergency cases. While interns will have primary case responsibility, they are never alone on emergency shifts as there are at least 1-2 experienced emergency clinicians working along with the intern for teaching and support. Advanced procedures, including endoscopy and surgery are routine for emergency cases and interns will have direct involvement in the cases from start to finish. The typical week for the intern includes an average of five shifts per week with two days off.

The hospital is located in an upscale section of Brooklyn, minutes from downtown Manhattan. Brooklyn has more than enough to keep a person entertained, and the collection of museums, parks, and historical landmarks is the reason Brooklyn is a popular tourist site. The area is family friendly (with a pre-school next door), but also trendy enough for the younger crowd with numerous upscale restaurants and lounges along "Restaurant Row" a block away. In addition we are minutes away from beautiful Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the cultural hub of Manhattan.

VERG prides itself on being a fun yet intellectually stimulating place to work. Our staff looks forward to coming to work each day and we are seeking motivated and enthusiastic candidates who share these attributes with us.

Applicants should contact Dr. Brett Levitzke by phone or email ( with questions or to schedule an interview or externship. In-person interviews are strongly encouraged, however phone interviews are also accepted. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact our current interns or visit our website at for more information.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

Opened in 2005, VERG has experienced tremendous growth, both in staff and caseload. Specialty services include Surgery (General, Orthopedic, and Neurosurgery), Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Neurology and Dermatology. Support staff consists of an amazing group of highly skilled and trained technicians and assistants. Our facility is equipped with digital x-ray (DR), dedicated Phillips abdominal and cardiac ultrasound units, endoscopy, cystoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, a surgery suite with 3 complete stations and full laboratory - including the Heska CBC and chemistry analyzers, I-stats, and SCA 2000 for coagulation profiles. We also have the only veterinary MRI system in Brooklyn.

Educational Resources

  • Journals, books
  • Computer databases
  • Rounds
  • Lectures
  • Journal club
  • Individual didactic lessons


  • Externs rotate through the various specialties as well as the emergency service. Externs may elect to rotate through specific services as well.
  • The extern will be involved in rounds, appointments, diagnostic, and treatment plans.
  • Externs will be expected to attend staff lectures and journal club when applicable.
  • Externs are expected to actively participate in rounds, appointments, and developing diagnostic and treatment plans.
  • Interpretation of labwork, radiographs, MRI's, ultrasounds, etc. are also expected.

Student Supervision

There are staff doctors on 24/7.



Practice Information

Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group
318 Warren St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Ph: 718-522-9400
Fax: 718-522-9755


Updated: 11/19/09
Signature On File: Brett Levitzke, DVM

Brooklyn, NY
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