Emergency and Critical Care

What We Do

The Critical Care Program at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine is a same-day referral center designed to serve the needs of veterinarians in the Southeast. When a veterinarian refers a pet to the Critical Care Program, the pet owner is assured of the most advanced care available in veterinary medicine. The referral service is available Monday through Friday by contacting the College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

The heart of the program is outstanding patient care. A fully staffed Intensive Care Unit at the College of Veterinary Medicine is operated 24 hours per day by highly qualified and skilled veterinary clinicians and technicians, who use all the progressive diagnostic and therapeutic equipment essential to the needs of critically ill pets. In addition to the urgent care provided at arrival, consultation services are available with specialists in surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology and dermatology during a patient's hospital stay. Critical care clinicians communicate daily with pet owners and involve the referring veterinarian in the ongoing management of their patients.


The research component of the program involves projects that focus on diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of acute diseases in dogs and cats. Areas of ongoing research include nutrition, cardiovascular drug therapy, infectious disease, critical care monitoring techniques and transfusion medicine. (Patients are never involved in research projects without the consent of the pet owner and the Auburn University Animal Care and Use Committee.)

Faculty, residents, interns and students also report important findings that have been learned through the management of cases involving critically ill patients. This information is distributed to colleagues across the country through published reports and annual meetings.

Contact Us

  • Critical Care Program
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Auburn University, AL 36849
  • Phone: (334) 844-4690
  • Email:

Financial Gifts

The College of Veterinary Medicine established the Critical Care Program in summer 2001 for the betterment of critically ill small animals. If you would like to make a financial gift to the Critical Care Program, contact Sam Hendrix, Director of Development, at 317 S. College St., Auburn University, AL 36849; (334) 844-1446.

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