Pet Emergency Hospital and Critical Care


Beginning June 1, 2021, our companion animal emergency room will be closed during the overnight hours of midnight to 8 a.m., seven days a week, until further notice.  

Our phone lines will remain open and we will do our best to provide information regarding options for you and your pets should emergency services be needed during these hours.

This decision was not made lightly and is not permanent. This has been a very difficult time at the veterinary hospital due to extremely high demand coupled with significant staffing shortages.  We must balance our ability to provide the best possible care for pets with the well-being of our team members.  

Thank you for understanding.

Appointments & Office Hours 

Office Hours

  • Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight (temporary hours)
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.


Payment is expected at the time of your visit. Please read our payment policy for complete information.

Vet Emergency Room Services 

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 whom 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.

Service Highlights 

  • 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 pet emergency hospital

Clinical Trials

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 ( View our current trials.

For a listing of current trials please click here.

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.


  • Edward Cooper, VMD, MS, DACVECC, Associate Professor - Clinical, Section Head
  • Jiwoong Her, DVM, MS, DACVECC, Assistant Professor - Clinical
  • Emily McConnelly, DVM, 
  • Lea Pearlman, DVM, 
  • Page Yaxley, DVM, DACVECC, Associate Professor - Clinical
  • Anda Young, DVM, MS, DACVECC, Assistant Professor - Clinical



  • Kari Schultz, DVM

Emergency/Critical Care Technicians

  • Nicole Hansvick, RVT, 2nd Shift Supervisor
  • Shelby Huffman, RVT, 1st Shift Supervisor
  • Chelsea Johnstone, RVT, 3rd Shift Supervisor
  • Nicole Hansvick, RVT, 2nd Shift Supervisor
  • Kristen Andrews, RVT, 3rd Shift
  • Emily Ashton, RVT, 3rd Shift
  • Courtney Beiter, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia),  2nd Shift
  • Crystal Buess, RVT, 1st Shift 
  • Stacey Cooper, RVT, VTS (ECC) 1st Shift
  • Shellie Creager, RVT, 1st Shft
  • Jen Edwards, RVT, VTS (ECC), 1st
  • Billie Garbers, RVT, 2nd Shift
  • Samantha Henderson, RVT, 3rd Shift
  • Heather Malamisura, RVT, 2nd Shift
  • Erin Mash, RVT, 3rd Shift
  • Nathan Mash, RVT, 1st Shift
  • Courtney McClellan, RVT, 1st Shift 
  • Anna Moore, RVT, 3rd Shift
  • Molly O'Leary, RVT, 1st Shift 
  • Tom Skidmore, RVT, 2nd Shift
  • Olivia Stepp, RVT,  2nd Shift 
  • Robyn Victorine, RVT, 3rd Shift 
  • Melissa Wilson, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia and Analgesia), 3rd Shift

Emergency/Critical Care Assistants

  • Morgan Bowling
  • Janair Everette
  • Jennifer Gonzalez
  • Abbi Voda