Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Department
The critical care specialists of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and serve to oversee emergency services and provide support for the emergency clinicians. They manage patients with severe, life-threatening diseases including heart failure, respiratory distress, metabolic disease, and trauma. The critical care specialists work closely with patients’ families and the primary veterinarian, providing ongoing guidance and information to help families make the best decisions for their beloved pets.
Procedures performed by OSVS critical care specialists include:
- Advanced intravenous fluid therapy to support fragile and critically ill patients.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation life support
- Mechanical ventilation for patients with respiratory failure
- Working with anesthesia team during high-risk or difficult anesthesia
- Nutritional support (intravenous nutrition and feeding tubes)
- Advanced management of peri-operative and post-traumatic pain
- Transfusion medicine
- Peritoneal dialysis
Patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) receive 24-hour monitoring and care. The ICU is fully equipped with:
- Continuous EKG monitoring using remote telemetry
- Oxygen therapy—oxygen cages, nasal oxygen lines
- Blood pressure monitors
- Pulse oximetry
- Rapid diagnostic testing including blood gas and electrolytes
- Extensive in-house blood bank for the treatment of life-threatening blood loss or anemia
- Mechanical ventilation
- 24-hour access to lab equipment and diagnostic imaging (X-rays, ultrasound, CT)
Advanced Nursing Care
The most valuable part of the intensive care unit at OSVS is the caring staff. Our veterinary technicians are specially trained in critical patient monitoring and advanced therapeutics. Their skills allow them to administer life-supporting treatments to patients while providing comfort and tender loving care.
Because they are with the patients 24 hours a day, our veterinary technicians are able to alert the doctors of any problems that may develop. The technicians get to know their patients and, through phone updates and during patient visits, they provide support to families worried about their ailing pets.
The criticalists at OSVS: