Emergency and Critical Care

Here to help when you need us most

Our hospital’s large animal emergency service is open 24/7 for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of animals needing urgent or emergency care for illness or injury.

Our emergency team includes board-certified veterinarians, veterinary technicians, interns and residents who specialize in handling a wide-range of emergent situations including:

  • Colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Reproductive emergencies such as dystocia, C-section and pregnancy toxemia
  • Neonatal emergencies
  • Lacerations and fractures
  • Respiratory distress
  • Urinary tract obstructions
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Metabolic disturbances


Our critical care service is also staffed 24/7 and is responsible for caring for animals in our large animal Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This may include those needing:

  • 24-hour monitoring by trained technicians and veterinarians
  • Intravenous fluid therapy
  • Pain management
  • Oxygen support for severe respiratory difficulty
  • Intravenous medications
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Intravenous or tube feedings for nutritional support
  • In-stall hoists or sling for assistance with standing
  • Stall-side oxygen
  • Mare/foal stall dividers

Available Clinical Trials

Study to investigate timing of antimicrobial therapy in horses undergoing surgery for colic

Prospective evaluation of a strict perioperative antimicrobial protocol in horses undergoing clean and clean contaminated emergency exploratory celiotomy Investigators: Kira Epstein, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC (large animal surgery and emergency and critical care) Study description: Limiting the duration of antimicrobial use…

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