Critical Care at RegionalVet
Critical care is medical care for patients whose illness requires close, constant watch by a team of specially trained caregivers. This type of intensive care could be required in an emergency, throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident. Critical care is delivered in an Intensive or Critical Care Unit (ICU/CCU) or a trauma center. ICU/CCUs are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support.
A dedicated team led by a veterinarian who is specially trained in emergency and critical care will improve the quality of care your pet receives during this traumatic and crucial time to improve his or her chances of a good outcome.
What is an emergency and critical care specialist?
A veterinary specialist in emergency and critical care is a doctor who has received specialized training in treating and caring for patients with life threatening conditions. Specialty status is granted by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). To become a specialist, after completion of veterinary school, the veterinarian must receive a minimum of 3 additional years of advanced training in emergency medicine, surgery, and critical care through completion of an ACVECC approved training program.
This training program is termed a “residency” and focuses on the most up to date techniques for diagnosis and management of life threatening disease processes or injuries, not only in an emergency but throughout the recovery period. Upon completion of the residency, board certification examination is administered by ACVECC.
Only upon successful completion of the training program and passing of the board certification examination is specialty status granted by ACVECC. The veterinarian can then be referred to as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.