News from the
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
May 19, 2011
Emergency and Critical Care at the UI Veterinary Teaching HospitalCapabilities in the University of Illinois small animal ER and critical care service rival those found in human critical care settings.
The service is staffed by two board-certified emergency and critical-care specialists. At least one veterinarian and one specially trained technician are always on the premises to receive emergencies.
Technological capabilities include:
- rapid, on-site measurement of key health status indicators, such as blood gas levels, electrolytes, BUN and more;
- continuous cardiac and blood pressure monitoring;
- continuous drug infusions, particularly for pain management;
- direct and indirect arterial blood pressure monitoring;
- delivery of enteral and parenteral nutrition;
- a state-of-the-art ventilator;
- on-site blood banking;
- the ability to provide an oxygen-enriched environment that is temperature- and humidity-controlled.
For those emergencies that require extensive specialty care, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has a staff that includes veterinary specialists in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, cancer care, dentistry and jaw fracture repair, rehabilitation, and dermatology.
The hospital's ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the smallest or largest of animal emergencies. Caregivers on the ER service have received training to respond to emergencies in pet birds, snakes, lizards, rabbits, and other exotics.