William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

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John Kirby, Animal Health Technician, gives "KC" her hemodialysis treatments at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Hemodialysis Facility in the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. KC was flown here from Texas to be cared for at UCD.

Hemodialysis and Renal Medicine

Hemodialysis is an exciting and growing specialty in 'high-tech' veterinary therapeutics. With Modern technology and techniques, hemodialysis is safe, effective and indispensable for the management of life-threatening uremia in dogs and cats. There is no alternative therapy as effective for animals with uremia, refractory acute renal faiure, life-threatening overhydration, or acute poisoning.

Veterinarians from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine were among the first in the country to perform hemodialysis on companion animals and established the first veterinary hemodialysis facility in the country. Today there are only five veterinary hemodialysis centers in the United States, two of which are overseen by the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine. These state-of-the-art hemodialysis centers provide treatment options for animals suffering from kidney failure for whom conventional medical treatments have failed, and whose afflictions would otherwise be life-threatening.