Emergency and Critical Care

Because emergencies are never planned, the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson emergency and critical care service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week handling unexpected trauma, illness and injury. Our hospital is staffed at all times by highly skilled, compassionate doctors and technicians capable of handling even the most complicated and demanding pet emergencies. In addition, the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson’s team of board-certified specialty doctors is on-call to consult and assist with any patient to provide excellent, comprehensive emergency care. Our hospital meets or exceeds all standards recommended by the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society.​

Procedures: Just some of the Emergency and Critical Care services offered at VSCT include:

  • Overnight monitoring, critical and intensive care
  • Advanced patient therapeutic and monitoring for emergency/critical care and surgery (including telemetry, oxygen and ventilator therapy).
  • Canine and feline blood donor program and banking allowing us to provide blood and plasma transfusions whenever needed.
  • In-house laboratory diagnostics, which allow immediate blood test results.
  • Complete and advanced medical imaging (X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI).

How is an Emergency Hospital different from my primary care veterinarian’s hospital?
Unlike your family veterinarian, we provide only emergency and specialty care, and do not offer any routine or preventative care such as vaccinations, annual exams, etc.

pet-02Depending on the day or shift, the emergency and critical care service at VSCT can be very fast-paced, which presents a unique set of challenges in working with a variety of pets and conditions. Clients are often emotionally upset due to the strain of worrying about their pet and the staff can have many demands on their time and skills. The variety in pace, unique caseload, and emotional reward of successfully treating an ill or injured pet is what sets these veterinary emergency and critical care professionals apart.

Why do some pets/ clients get seen by a doctor before others, even though they have been waiting longer?
The nature of all emergency medical facilities is to treat the most ill or seriously wounded patients first. This is called “triage”. Sometimes the most seriously ill patients don’t appear that way to the untrained eye. Pets may have severe organ dysfunction, heart problems, or internal damage. This process of “triaging” may not be convenient, but this is the way we must function to fulfill our obligation to your pet, you and your family veterinarian.

To learn more about the specialized field of veterinary emergency and critical care, please visit American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.