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Pet Emergency & Critical Care

Advanced emergency and critical care services for your dog or cat

When your dog or cat has an emergent, serious or life-threatening condition and needs the very best veterinary emergency and critical care (ECC) services, Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center team is here to help. Our board-certified faculty specialists lead a team of clinicians (residents and interns), highly-skilled registered veterinary technicians, vet assistants and graduating veterinary students to provide the fastest, most comprehensive and compassionate care. From the moment you arrive, you can take comfort in knowing your dog or cat will be cared for by a team of professionals who consider your pet as they would their own.

Emergency/Critical Care Call-Ahead Service

Hours of Operation: 8:00 am - midnight seven days a week (until further notice)

Our phone lines will remain open and we will do our best to provide information regarding options for you and your pets should an emergency occur after midnight.

 

We are happy to assess your pet and assist with any concerns you may have. 

Common Conditions

  • Trauma

  • Broken bones

  • Diarrhea

  • Ingestion of toxic or foreign materials

  • Diabetic complications

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Liver or kidney problems

  • Not eating/drinking or not feeling well

  • Lacerations

  • Vomiting

  • Urinary blockage

  • Twisted stomach (GDV)

  • Birthing complications

  • Seizures

  • Bleeding problems

Critical Care

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 whom are certified in emergency and critical care, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and mechanical ventilation.  

Our board-certified, faculty specialists in emergency and critical care medicine are on-site or available for consultation to assist with most critical patients. And, if indicated, consultation with board-certified specialists in other veterinary care areas (e.g. internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, etc.), regarding advanced diagnostic and treatment options, can be performed to facilitate patient transfer to that specialty service. 

Bereavement and loss support is also provided through our Honoring the Bond program.

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

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.

You guys made a terrifying situation much less stressful due to your professionalism and care. Thank you for all you do in ensuring the highest quality care to our companions. Keep on being amazing!

People Grid Category of

Care Team

Hannah Burchette

Hannah Burchette

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency Medicine & Critical Care 2021-2024
Erin Duble

Erin Duble

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2023-2026
Logan Eicher

Logan Eicher

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2021-2024
Grace Kallenberg

Grace Kallenberg

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2023-2026
Kayla Konczos

Kayla Konczos

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2023-2026
Lauren  Robertson

Lauren Robertson

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2022-2025
Anna Thyen

Anna Thyen

DVM
Resident, Small Animal Emergency & Critical Care 2021-2024
Jen Basehart

Jen Basehart

RVT
Technician
Courtney Beiter

Courtney Beiter

RVT
Technician, Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kirsten  Cheadle

Kirsten Cheadle

RVT
Technician
Stacey Cooper

Stacey Cooper

RVT, VTS
Technician
Shellie Creager

Shellie Creager

RVT
Technician
Sara  Ecker

Sara Ecker

RVT
Technician
Alaina Gilbert

Alaina Gilbert

RVT
Technician
Melissa Gnau

Melissa Gnau

RVT
Technician
Samantha Henderson

Samantha Henderson

RVT
Technician
Shelby Huffman

Shelby Huffman

RVT
Shift Supervisor
Chelsea Johnstone

Chelsea Johnstone

RVT
3rd Shift Supervisor
Nathan Mash

Nathan Mash

RVT
Technician
Courtney McClellan

Courtney McClellan

RVT
Technician
Anna Moore

Anna Moore

RVT
Technician
Olivia Pyles

Olivia Pyles

RVT
Technician
Tom Skidmore

Tom Skidmore

RVT
Technician
Olivia Stepp

Olivia Stepp

RVT
2nd Shift Supervisor
Robyn Victorine

Robyn Victorine

RVT
Technician
Sarah  Virostko

Sarah Virostko

RVT
Technician
Melissa Wilson

Melissa Wilson

RVT, VTS
Technician, Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kadonna Wilson

Kadonna Wilson

RVT
Technician

Clinical Trials

The Emergency & Critical Care service is often recruiting patients for related studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Blue Buffalo Clinical Trials Office (cvm-clinicaltrials@osu.edu). 

For a listing of current trials please click here