Emergency & Critical Care
The Emergency and Critical Care, or ECC, Service provides immediate evaluation, stabilization and treatment of pets with emergent or serious conditions, as well as ongoing care for critically ill or injured pets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a same-day referral center, we also work closely with veterinarians in the Southeast to ensure pets receive the most advanced care available. If possible, pet owners are encouraged to call ahead at 334/844-4690, but an appointment is not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.
The ECC service is a Level I-rated hospital by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the highest rating that can be awarded to a veterinary emergency and critical care facility. We are the only emergency and critical care service to earn this ranking in Alabama, and one of only three in the Southeast and 18 nationwide.
The ECC service is also a designated Veterinary Trauma Center by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, making it the only recognized 24/7 veterinary trauma center in the Southeast.
The veterinary trauma center designation is part of an effort by the ACVECC Veterinary Committee on Trauma to create a network of lead hospitals that will play a significant role in the development of trauma systems nationally. These hospitals will work collaboratively to define high standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiencies and outcomes.
What We Do
In addition to the urgent care provided at arrival, a team approach is used to provide comprehensive expert care through collaboration with other specialty services within the hospital including cardiology, neurology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, oncology, and surgery.
The Emergency and Critical Care Service is composed of two faculty members who are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Additionally, the service has four residents, a director of critical care nursing, two technician supervisors and 21 veterinary technicians and assistants.
We strive to provide the highest level of patient care. A state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for patients requiring careful monitoring and extensive care. Individualized care is provided by our highly skilled nursing team, many of which are specialty trained and certified in emergency and critical care. Emergency and Critical Care faculty and residents are available 24/7 to direct patient care and consult as required.
- Mechanical ventilation (respiratory life support)
- Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT): a form of dialysis for supporting kidney function; treating certain toxicities, fluid overload and some immune mediated diseases
- Nutritional support
- Oxygen supplementation
- Blood and plasma transfusion
- Bedside ultrasonography
- Non-invasive monitoring and invasive hemodynamic monitoring
- Advanced pain management