Veterinary Critical Care


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A specialist in veterinary critical care (a “veterinary criticalist”) has fulfilled the requirements to be board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, including a 3-year residency and a rigorous examination. 


A veterinary criticalist provides life-saving care to animals with critical diseases. This broad specialty can include:

  • trauma
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty urinating
  • shock
  • specialized nutritional support
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • life-threatening neurologic disease such as coma or refractory seizures
  • clotting disorders
  • post-operative care following intensive surgery
  • critical care of unstable animals due to liver dysfunction, renal dysfunction, endocrine disease, cancer, immune-mediated disease, or infectious disease.

Certifying Body

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC)