The critical care team has the advanced training, equipment and expertise to treat even the most complex types of disease and injury. The criticalist works closely with primary clinicians to offer ongoing, intense monitoring and care of the most dynamic clinical conditions in our hospitalized patients. This offers an increased level of care and expertise not available elsewhere in Western New York.
What Separates us From The Rest?
The extra training and experience that is required to achieve specialist certification ensures that the doctor has the most current knowledge and techniques available. As the only board-certified veterinary criticalist in Rochester, we are able to offer the highest level of care without the need for extensive travel.
For more information about veterinary specialization, please visit the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Crtical Care.
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Critical care is an inpatient service. Often patients are admitted to critical care on an urgent basis by another specialty clinician. Your primary veterinarian may recommend direct transfer for evaluation by critical care. Your pet will be triaged by an emergency technician. If immediate intervention is warranted, your pet will be taken in to the treatment area for assessment by a doctor and life-saving therapy. If the primary clinician determines that an animal’s condition is severe enough to warrant critical care, they will recommend that the animal be transferred to the critical care service. Hospital stay and expense will vary depending on the nature and severity of the illness.
The critical care team at VSES provides a wide ranges of services and treats a wide range of diseases. Services provided include:
- High risk anesthesia
- Invasive and non-invasive blood pressure assessment
- Nutritional therapy: total parenteral nutrition, parenteral nutrition, feeding tube placement (esophagostomy, nasogastric, nasoesophageal)
- Oxygen therapy
- Pain management
- Respiratory therapy
- Transfusion medicine: Component therapy, blood typing
- Urgent ultrasonography
Disease treated include, but are not limited to:
- Acute liver failure
- Acute renal failure
- Endocrine emergencies
- Infectious disease
- Pleural space disease
- Respiratory failure
- Severe Pancreatitis
- Status epilepticus
How Do I Schedule A Consultation?
Patients of the critical care service are usually admitted to VSES through the Emergency department or another specialty service. If you feel your pet is having an emergency, please contact VSES immediately at 585-424-1277. Upon arrival at VSES your pet will be evaluated and will be seen by the criticalist if needed.