Emergency & Critical Care
WVRC's Emergency Facilities Meet or Exceed all
Standards Recommended by the
Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society
WVRC maintains three fully staffed emergency, trauma and critical care facilities (Waukesha, Grafton and Racine) that accept both walk-in and referral emergencies.
We specialize in emergency medical and surgical care of small animals, especially patients requiring more intensive and long-term critical care management.
Emergency and Critical Care services offered at WVRC's three locations include:
- Canine and feline blood bank available for our use at WVRC or by your veterinarian.
- Complete and immediate medical imaging.
- Complete laboratory diagnostics, which allow immediate blood test results.
- Complete in-hospital pharmacy with specialized inventory.
- Advanced patient monitoring techniques for emergency/critical care and surgery.
- Telephone consults with your veterinarian 24/7/365.
- Emergency service works together with WVRC's other veterinary specialists in: Cardiology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Oncology and Anesthesiology/Pain Management.
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How is an Emergency Hospital different from my primary veterinarian’s hospital?
Working at an emergency hospital can be very fast-paced, with one shift or day never quite like another. The job presents a unique set of challenges in working with a variety of animals and their conditions. Clients are often emotionally upset due to the strain of worrying about their pet and the staff have many demands on their time and skills. The fast pace, unique caseload emotional rewards of successfully treating an ill or injured pet is what attracts professionals to this kind of demanding but rewarding work.
What happens in the middle of the night? Is there anyone here to watch my pet?
We have veterinarians and technical staff here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that your pet can be closely monitored and treated throughout the night
Do you provide “regular” preventative care like vaccines etc?
Unfortunately, because we only provide emergency and specialty care, routine preventative care is best provided by your primary veterinarian.
Why do some pets/ clients get seen by a doctor before others, even though they have been waiting longer?
The nature of all emergency medical facilities is to treat the most ill or seriously wounded patients first. This is called “triage”. Sometimes the most seriously ill patients don’t appear that way to the untrained eye. Pets may have severe organ dysfunction, heart problems, or internal damage. This process of “triaging” may not be convenient, but this is the way we must function to fulfill our obligation to you and your veterinarian.