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

NOTE: The Small Animal ER is currently operating at Tier 2 Service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact your primary care veterinarian for a referral for immediate care.

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.  

See our Equine and Farm Animal services to meet our team and learn about capabilities

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.

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
Caroline Tonozzi, DVM, DACVECC

Small Animal Emergency Clinical Instructors

Jane Do, DVM
Eryn Reznicek, DVM, MS

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Residents

Yanshan Er, BVSc
Tyler Johnson, DVM
Danielle Martindale, DVM
Amanda Spillane, BVSc Hons
Melanie Tarosky, DVM
Mara Vernier, DVM

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Specialty Intern

Alexa Rangel, DVM

Small Animal Emergency Rotating Interns

Olivia Bolus, DVM
Kailah Buchanan, DVM
Noah Diaz-Portalatin, DVM
Briana Domenegato, DVM
Kaitlin Esson, DVM
Joseph Frame, DVM
Leah Kienitz, DVM
Amber Lum, DVM
Brianne Radulovich, DVM

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service Nursing Staff

Hannah Bray, CVT
Nicole Fitzpatrick, CVT
Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Miriah Haltiwanger, CVT
Joy Hinrichsen, CVT
Allie Hogan, CVT
Alex Lore, CVT
Alysha McDaniel, CVT
Lisa Miller, CVT
Krystal Newberry, CVT
Cameron Otis, CVT
Megan Rader, CVT
Shelby Routh, CVT
Jill Sackville, CVT
Abby Schraeder, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Lydia Smith, CVT
Morgan Sunderland, CVT
Mel Thornton, CVT
Danielle Wright, CVT
Brooke Zimmerman, CVT