24/7 Emergency Services

Small Animal:

Dogs, cats, zoo med species

Call 217-333-5300

1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana

Large Animal:

Horses and farm animals:

Call 217-333-2000

1102 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana

ER UPDATE: With the closing of a local after-hours emergency service in our area we anticipate our Emergency Room will need to absorb this demand. This might mean for your next ER visit:

  • Longer wait times
  • Non-critical cases being asked to return the next morning
  • Animals being evaluated based on critical condition versus order of check-in
  • Please help our team by being kind and as patient as possible. We know you are concerned for your animal and we want to provide the best outcomes for you and your pet.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s emergency and critical care services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. No appointment is necessary. However, we encourage you to call ahead so we can be prepared for your animal’s unique needs.  

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Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service

Staff in our small animal emergency service have training and expertise in responding to health emergencies for dogs, cats, and companion animal zoo species. We offer state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutic options.

What is an emergency? 

If you think your animal is experiencing an emergency but aren’t sure, call us. We’re happy to help you assess whether your animal needs to be seen.

If you have a concern that is not life-threatening, but you want your dog or cat to be seen same-day and your primary veterinarian is not available, you can call the Urgent and Convenient Care service at 217-244-2555. Visit our Urgent and Convenient Care page for more details.

Common emergencies include:

  • Allergic reactions/hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty urinating/not producing urine
  • Difficulty walking or prolonged lameness
  • Collapse, seizures, not conscious
  • Ingestion of toxins or foreign objects
  • Persistent vomiting, diarrhea and/or decreased appetite
  • Punctures or bite wounds
  • Severe bleeding
  • Traumas, such as being hit by a car or falling
  • Unusual behavior/lethargy

Services and Capabilities

  • Highly trained team consisting of diplomates in emergency and critical care and specialty trained technicians
  • Continuous blood pressure monitoring, telemetry, and ECG
  • Continuous drug infusions, particularly for pain management
  • Defibrillators
  • Direct and indirect arterial blood pressure monitoring
  • Enteral and parenteral nutrition
  • On-site blood banking
  • Oxygen cages that are temperature and humidity controlled
  • Rapid response on-site laboratory services for blood gas analysis, electrolytes, lactate, glucose, ionized calcium and magnesium, and BUN and creatinine
  • State-of-the-art ventilation
  • We participate in clinical trials, collaborate with human and veterinary medical professionals, and remain active in professional organizations in order to offer cutting- edge treatment options to our patients

Small Animal Emergency/Critical Care Faculty

Meghan Fick, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Jenica Haraschak, MS, DVM, DACVECC

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Residents

Yanshan Er, BVSc
Danielle Martindale, DVM
Melanie Tarosky, DVM
Mara Vernier, DVM

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Specialty Intern

Joseph Frame, DVM

Small Animal Emergency Rotating Interns

Tim Brunner, DVM
Kay Chen, DVM
Amanda Day, DVM
Alyssa Ettinger, DVM
Jerome Joseph, DVM
Tori Matta, DVM
Claire Takeshita, DVM
Jessica Tallaksen, DVM
Sammie von Rueden, DVM

Small Animal Emergency, ICU and IMC Veterinary Technicians

Jessica Garrett, ER Tech Supervisor
Angela Hintz, ICU/IMC Tech Supervisor

Laura Benoit, IMC
Amber Chalda, IMC
Francisco Cruz, IMC
Leeza Edersheim, IMC
Lena Fatheree, IMC
Nikki Fitzpatrick, ICU
Alia Flowers, ER
Miriah Haltiwanger, ICU
Joy Hinrichsen, ICU
Allie Hogan, ICU
Alex Lore, ICU
Mayci Maaks, ICU
Shelby McClure, IMC
Alysha McDaniel, ER
Bryce McDuffie, ER
Lisa Miller, ICU
Margaret Mineo, IMC
Krystal Newberry, ER
Cameron Otis, ER
Megan Rader, ICU
Jill Sackville, ICU
Abby Schraeder, ER
Lydia Smith, ER
Morgan Sunderland, ER
Mel Thornton, ER
Addy Totka, IMC
Jorie Traylor, ER
Kayla VanWassenhove, IMC
Danielle Wright, ER
Brooke Zimmerman, IMC

IMC Veterinary Assistants

Sage Damato, IMC
Maddy Maring, IMC
Brittany Naylor, IMC
Malina Reed, IMC
Michael Roedelbronn, IMC