Emergency

Several veterinarians examining dog on treatment table

Appointments and Referrals

If possible, we encourage all pet owners to call ahead of their arrival at 334-844-4690, but appointments are not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.

We do ask that referring veterinarians call ahead of sending patients to the emergency service to ensure the best facilitation of needed diagnostics, estimates, and client/patient information.

About the Service

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The Emergency Service provides immediate evaluation, stabilization, and treatment of pets with emergency or serious conditions 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 appropriate ongoing care available.

The Emergency and Critical Care services became a Level I-rated hospital by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society in 2015, 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.

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The Emergency and Critical Care services were also designated a Veterinary Trauma Center by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2016 becoming the first in the Southeast United States.

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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 play a significant role in the development of trauma systems nationally. These hospitals work collaboratively to define high standards of care and disseminate information that improves trauma patient management efficiencies and outcomes.

What We Do

Veterinarian examining dog in kennel

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 dermatology, theriogenology, neurology, internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, oncology, and surgery.

The Emergency Service is composed of four faculty members who are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Additionally, the service has five residents, a specialty intern, a director of critical care nursing, and three dedicated emergency receiving 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. Emergency and Critical Care faculty and residents are available 24/7 to direct patient care and consult as required.

Service Highlights

  • Oxygen supplementation, including high flow oxygen therapy
  • Blood and plasma transfusion
  • Bedside ultrasonography
  • Non-invasive monitoring and invasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • Advanced pain management
  • Urgent care procedures for minor lacerations and wounds

Meet the Team

Dr. Gelendi

Stefania Gelendi, DVM, MRCVS
Clinical Resident

Dr. Hung

Wan-Chu Hung, DVM, MS
Clinical Resident

Dr. Mora

Aina Claret Mora, DVM
Clinical Resident

Dr. Sender

David Sender, DVM
Clinical Resident

Dr. Tan

Wendy Tan, DVM
Clinical Resident

Dr. Serrano Ferrel

Claudia Serrano Ferrel, DVM
Specialty Intern

Rotating Interns

  • Kayla Dempsey, DVM
  • Olivia Geels, DVM
  • Libby James, DVM
  • Marley McInnis, DVM
  • Mayzie Miller, DVM
  • Roxanna Neo, DVM
  • Hannah Wagoner, DVM

Veterinary Support Staff

  • Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS-ECC
  • Brittney Worley
  • Courtney Sickler
  • Jennifer Pannell, LVT 
  • Katelyn Hall
  • Terez Strickland