The Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Veterinary Medical Center at Ohio State provides care for dogs and cats with many types of emergent or serious conditions. Our Intensive Care Unit provides 24/7 support for those patients needing close monitoring and extensive care. The ICU is fully staffed with dedicated registered technicians, some of which are certified in emergency and critical care, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, such as remote heart monitoring, direct blood pressure monitoring, and full blood work capability.
- Board certified specialist led care team
- Board certified technician specialists in emergency and critical care
- Walk-in and Call-ahead service
- Bereavement and Loss Support
- State-of-the-art monitoring equipment and mechanical ventilation
- 24/7 Intensive Care Unit with nursing care for all ill or injured patients admitted to the hospital
The Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service is often recruiting patients for a number of studies for which your pet may be eligible. If you have any questions regarding your pet's eligibility, please contact the Clinical Trials Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) Our current trials include:
Assessment of coagulation before and after packed red blood cell transfusion in dogs using thromboelastography: The purpose of this clinical trial is to assess the effectiveness of thromboelastography in dogs receiving blood transfusions.
Stomach and cheek microcirculation in Dogs: The purpose of this study is to evaluate canine stomach serosa microcirculation in patients undergoing anesthesia for routine spay and stomach tacking, and determine correlation between stomach serosal and cheek mucosal microcirculatory parameters.
Microcirculatory Changes in Dogs with Stomach Torsion (Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus): The purpose of this study is to evaluate the gastric serosal microcirculation in canine patients with naturally occurring GDV and to determine if buccal mucosa microcirculation or systemic parameters may serve as a surrogate, and compare gastric microcirculatory assessment to intra-operative determination of tissue viability.
Evaluating the Genetic Basis of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia: The purpose of this study is to better understand the role of genes in the development of immune-mediated diseases. Additionally, we hope to find similarities among different immune-mediated diseases that may point to common causes.
Decompressive cystocentesis for treatment of feline urethral obstruction: The purpose of this study aims to determine whether cystocentesis helps to increase the ease of passing a urinary catheter, and thereby trauma to the urethra.
Early use of a drug to break up or dissolve blood clots (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) for blood clots in cats: The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) for thrombolysis in feline acute aortic thromboembolism (FATE).
Appointments & Office Hours
- Open 24 hours for emergencies every day
Clients are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment at (614) 292-3551, but an appointment is not required. If patient has been seen by another veterinarian for the problem a referral is encouraged.
Contact: (614) 292-3551
What to Expect
Due to the unpredictability and severity of patient problems long waiting times are sometimes experienced. Upon admission all patients are assessed immediately and triaged according to severity of problem. Patients with the most serious problems are seen first and patients with less serious problems will be attended to as soon as possible (similar to emergency rooms in human hospitals). Senior veterinary students play an important role in our care team and thus clients should expect to speak to a veterinary student as part of the intake and treatment process. All students are in close communication with our care team’s veterinarians and communicate clinician recommendations to you. As soon as the veterinarian working with your pet is available, they will talk with you regarding additional testing needed, prognosis and treatment options, and the anticipated costs associated with care. Our care team consults with on-call specialists when appropriate.
Special Equipment & Technology
Heart, blood pressure and vital signs monitoring equipment. Advanced supplies and equipment to stabilize and resuscitate patients. Electric defibrillators for use in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Capability to provide mechanical ventilation for patients with severe breathing issues. Board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care medicine on-site or available for consultation to assist with most critical patients. If indicated, consultation with specialists in other areas (internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, etc.) regarding advanced diagnostic and treatment options can be performed to facilitate patient transfer to that specialty service.
Common Conditions & Procedures
Trauma, lacerations, broken bones, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary blockage, ingestion of toxic or foreign materials, twisted stomach (GDV), diabetic complications, birthing complications, difficulty breathing, seizures, liver or kidney problems, bleeding problems, not eating or drinking or not feeling well. We are happy to assess your pet and assist with any concerns you may have.
Emergency/Critical Care Faculty
- Edward Cooper, VMD, MS, DACVECC, Associate Professor - Clinical, Service Head - Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
- Julien Guillaumin, Doct. Vet., DACVECC, Associate Professor - Clinical
- Anusha Balakrishnan, BVSc, DACVECC, Assistant Professor - Practice
- Page Yaxley, DVM, DACVECC, Assistant Professor - Clinical
Emergency/Critical Care Residents
- Christine Culler
- Katherine Gerken
- Jennifer Godman
- Saya Press
- Courtney Beiter, Program Coordinator, Emergency Services
- Renee Cahill, Program Coordinator, Critcal Care/ICU
Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.