Emergency and Critical Care Service - Intensive Care Unit
Welcome to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where we provide ongoing care for critically ill or injured dogs and cats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Veterinarians are on duty around the clock to monitor and care for patients in the ICU. Our board-certified faculty specialists lead the team, and provide the highest level of critical care to your pet.
Clinical Activities and Procedures
Critical care at the VMTH is provided through the Steve C. Haskins Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Established in 1975, and dedicated to Dr. Haskins in 2014, it is one of the longest-running veterinary critical care centers in the United States.
One of the goals of Critical Care is to provide immediate initial recognition, evaluation and care of patients with acute illness and injury, and continued care for critically ill patients. Our specialists strive to pursue the extension and preservation of life, and to promote the well-being of our patients through the relief of suffering and restoration of health.
To achieve our goals, the ICU is staffed by a team of board-certified faculty specialists in critical care, staff veterinarians, resident veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students. Many of our technicians are members of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (membership is granted by specialty-certifying examination). The ICU is always open to direct patient care to direct patient care and consult as needed.
The VMTH's state-of-the-art ICU can accommodate eight to 14 patients, depending on patient size and the level of care required. The ICU has five oxygen cages, cardiac monitors, intravenous fluid pumps, syringe pumps, diagnostic ultrasound, mechanical ventilators and advanced hemodynamic monitoring capabilities, including direct arterial blood pressure, cardiac output and continuous electrocardiography. The ICU is also equipped with a laboratory to measure blood gases, electrolytes, lactate, hemoglobin, colloid osmotic pressure, osmolality, activated clotting times and creatinine.
Few facilities have the resources to provide patient care on the level of the VMTH's ICU, such as: the ability to provide long-term ventilatory support for patients unable to effectively breathe on their own; managing patients with multiple organ disorders; and providing postoperative support to patients that have undergone craniotomies (brain surgery) or cardiothoracic surgery. The ICU also provides ideal pain control protocols individualized to each patient and optimizing fluid therapy and balance using crystalloids and colloids as well as blood products is a particular focus of the ICU.
Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC - Chief of Service
Jamie Burkitt, DVM, DACVECC
Kate Farrell, DVM, DACVECC
Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC - Director, Small Animal Clinic
Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC
Ronald Li, DVM, MVetMed, PhD, DACVECC
Jessica Jones, DVM - Resident I
Caitlan Koontz, DVM - Resident I
Jacqueline Nemi, VMD - Resident II
Helen Philp, BVMS, MRCVS - Resident III
Laurence Saint Pierre, DVM - Resident II
Ava Tan, BVSc(Hons) - Resident III
Cheryl Primas, Service Manager
Brenda Keegan, RVT Assistant Manager
Julie Baker RVT, VTS (ECC) Supervisor
Lashell Alpaugh, RVT
Kathy Baldwin, RVT
Jennie Cerqueira, RVT
Amanda Hodges, RVT
Paula Howell, RVT VTS (ECC)
Katie Shippen, RVT
Samantha Stanley, RVT
Diana Taylor, RVT
Elaine Wireman, RVT
Gabby Williams, RVT
Lori Simington, RVT
Debbie Davis, laboratory assistant