Emergency and Critical Care Service

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

Emergency and critical care services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

All clients using the emergency service will be required to pay the exam fee and sign an authorization form that details the services included in an ER examination BEFORE their pet is evaluated by a clinician. Our goal is to ensure a clear understanding of the initial exam so that we can better meet the needs of all patients, as well as address the emergent concerns of every client.

After an initial evaluation to assess the urgency of the patient’s condition, patients with the most critical condition will be seen first.  As a result, clients with pets evaluated as stable following their ER examination may have extended wait times before speaking with a clinician. We strive to keep you updated regarding wait times for evaluation and consultation with the emergency clinician.

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.

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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

Emergency & Critical Care Doctors

Anahita Aghili – DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Celeste Cruz – DVM


Jenica Haraschak – MS, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Christopher Kennedy – BVetMed, BSc (hons), DACVECC, DECVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Erin Long – DVM, DACVECC


Emergency & Critical Care Residents & Interns

Marie Depoix – DVM


Christina O’Brien – DVM

Specialty Intern

Eva-Maria Talts – DVM


Melanie Tarosky – DVM

Veterinary Resident

Emergency Rotating Interns

Adelaide Basco – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Kayla Bonadie – DVM, CertAqV

SA Rotating Intern

Jake Dunham – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Chloe Dupleix – DVM, CWR

SA Rotating Intern

Taylor Fidler-Jarzyniecki – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Kristi Junghans – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Tori Rowley – MS, DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Elizabeth Sullivan – DVM, PhD

SA Rotating Intern

Clay Tuttle – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Angela Warner – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Paige Weiss – DVM

SA Rotating Intern

Emergency & Critical Care Technicians

Tracy Brennemann

Laura Benoit – CVT

Autumn Bolen – CVT

Tawny Bryant – CVT

Lena Burnett – CVT

Katelynn Conner – CVT

Leeza Edersheim – CVT

Nicole Fitzpatrick – CVT

Jessica Garrett – CVT, VTS (ECC)

Rachel Hawker – CVT

Angela Hintz – CVT, VTS (ECC)

Allie Hogan – CVT

Trinity Hunt

Denise Jayne – CVT

Alex Lore – CVT

Mayci Maaks – CVT

Lydia Maxheimer – CVT

Shelby McClure – CVT

Bryce McDuffie – CVT

Michala McStoots – CVT

Lisa Miller – CVT

Margaret Mineo – CVT

Cameron Otis – CVT

Megan Rader – CVT

Emily Reeves – CVT

Jill Sackville – CVT

Rhett Schneider – CVT

Abby Schraeder – CVT, VTS (ECC)

Emma Stricklin – CVT

Morgan Sunderland – CVT

Mel Thornton – CVT

Adaline Totka – CVT

Jorie Traylor – CVT

Kayla VanWassenhove – CVT

Joy Walker – CVT

Haley Whittall – CVT

Danielle Wright – CVT

Veterinary Assistants

Stan Blount

Nikki Ervin

Emma Hummel

Rhea Maligaya

Melissa Silvester

Kaitlyn Temples

Elisa Waldoch