Emergency and Critical Care

A specialist in emergency and critical care is a specially trained veterinarian who is dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions. They must first be a graduate veterinarian and then receive a minimum of 3 additional years of intense residency training in emergency, surgery and critical care with an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)-approved training program. Once the veterinarian has completed these years of specialty residency training, the individual must pass a board-certification examination. Upon successful completion of the training and passing of the examination, the veterinarian is a Diplomate of the ACVECC, is termed a “specialist”, and is board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care.


Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure similar to an x-ray. It works by sending very high frequency sound waves through body tissues and recording the waves as they are reflected back. Sophisticated computer programs in the Ultrasound machine transform those reflections into detailed images of the internal organs and other objects. As the sound waves are transmitted continuously, an ultrasound scan produces a moving picture of an organ or body part as it is actually functioning. Read more about Ultrasound

TightRope for Cranial Cruciate Ruptures

A relatively new technique for repair of a Cranial Cruciate Rupture in dogs is the TightRope.  It essentially positions a double band of ultra strong FiberTape across the lateral stifle at isometric points on the femur and tibia via the use of bone tunnels.  This technique does not require cutting bone like the TPLO or TTA procedures.  Instead it uses small drill holes in the femur and tibia to pass a Read more about TightRope for Cranial Cruciate Ruptures