Clinical Activities and Procedures

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The Emergency Room at the VMTH is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year to receive patients with serious or life-threatening problems that require immediate attention. The emergency room is supervised by a team of board-certified faculty specialists in emergency and critical care medicine. The veterinarians working in the emergency room are residents and interns in emergency medicine training programs. They are supported by a team of veterinary technicians who only work in the emergency room and veterinary students.

Emergency medicine rapidly evaluates patients to determine the severity of their problem and provides stabilization, treatment, and diagnostic testing. The emergency team collaborates with other VMTH Services such as Cardiology, Hemodialysis and Renal Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery to provide expert care as needed by each patient.

Our emergency room is equipped to handle all types of medical or surgical conditions. We have advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and are fortunate to be supported by an entire team of board certified radiologists, anesthesiologists and surgeons if required. In addition our hospital offers many unique advanced care options for emergency patients including hemodialysis, novel surgical procedures such as interventional radiology and a large in house blood bank.

Appointments or referrals are not needed for the emergency service. Please call ahead if possible.


To learn more about the specialty of Emergency Medicine, please visit the website of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at