Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Our Services

The Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State provides care for dogs and cats with many types of emergent or serious conditions. Our Intensive Care Unit provides 24/7 support for those patients needing close monitoring and extensive care. The ICU is fully staffed with dedicated registered technicians, some of which are certified in emergency and critical care, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, such as remote heart monitoring, direct blood pressure monitoring, and full blood work capability.

Service Highlights

  • Board certified specialist led care team
  • Board certified technician specialists in emergency and critical care
  • Walk-in and Call-ahead service
  • Bereavement and Loss Support
  • State-of-the-art monitoring equipment and mechanical ventilation
  • 24/7 Intensive Care Unit with nursing care for all ill or injured patients admitted to the hospital

Appointments & Office Hours

Office hours

  • Open 24 hours for emergencies every day 

Clients are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment at (614) 292-3551, but an appointment is not required. If patient has been seen by another veterinarian for the problem a referral is encouraged.

Emergencies

Contact: (614) 292-3551

What to Expect

Due to the unpredictability and severity of patient problems long waiting times are sometimes experienced. Upon admission all patients are assessed immediately and triaged according to severity of problem. Patients with the most serious problems are seen first and patients with less serious problems will be attended to as soon as possible (similar to emergency rooms in human hospitals). Senior veterinary students play an important role in our care team and thus clients should expect to speak to a veterinary student as part of the intake and treatment process. All students are in close communication with our care team’s veterinarians and communicate clinician recommendations to you. As soon as the veterinarian working with your pet is available, they will talk with you regarding additional testing needed, prognosis and treatment options, and the anticipated costs associated with care. Our care team consults with on-call specialists when appropriate.

Special Equipment & Technology

Heart, blood pressure and vital signs monitoring equipment. Advanced supplies and equipment to stabilize and resuscitate patients. Electric defibrillators for use in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Capability to provide mechanical ventilation for patients with severe breathing issues.  Board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care medicine on-site or available for consultation to assist with most critical patients. If indicated, consultation with specialists in other areas (internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, etc.) regarding advanced diagnostic and treatment options can be performed to facilitate patient transfer to that specialty service.

Common Conditions & Procedures

Trauma, lacerations, broken bones, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary blockage, ingestion of toxic or foreign materials, twisted stomach (GDV), diabetic complications, birthing complications, difficulty breathing, seizures, liver or kidney problems, bleeding problems, not eating or drinking or not feeling well. We are happy to assess your pet and assist with any concerns you may have.

Clinicians

Emergency/Critical Care Faculty

Emergency/Critical Care Residents

Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Residents and Interns

Payment

Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.