1515 Busch Parkway · Buffalo Grove, IL 60089


Emergency 2018-07-09T03:36:32+00:00

Veterinary Specialty Center ER

Pet emergencies can happen at any time and Veterinary Specialty Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Department is open 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, to provide emergent care for your pet. VSC is the only Certified Level 1 Trauma Center in the state and we’re able to tackle emergencies on any level – from minor cases to severe traumas.

Our facility is equipped with a staff of highly trained Criticalists and Veterinarians along with a dedicated team of veterinary technician specialists, veterinary technicians and assistants providing around-the-clock emergency and critical care support. Our patients benefit from our emergency team’s ability to quickly make critical diagnoses and begin appropriate treatment by utilizing our sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring technology and support including:

  • In-house laboratory testing
  • Continuous blood pressure measurement
  • Oxygen gauges and nasal oxygen therapy
  • Ventilator therapy
  • Blood gas/electrolyte monitoring
  • Pulse oximetry
  • End tidal CO2
  • Telemetry for continuous EKG monitoring
  • Central venous pressure monitoring
  • Advanced pain management
  • Continuous nebulization
  • Blood transfusion capability
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
  • Hemodialysis
  • Plasmapherisis

Trauma Center Certification

VSC is one of just five veterinary hospitals in the United States (six internationally) to be Certified as a Level 1 Veterinary Trauma Center through the American Committee On Trauma (VetCOT) Veterinary Trauma Center (VTC) Network. VSC has also been designated as a Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Facility at its top level – Level 1 – for having the highest standard of care with regard to our staffing, continuing education, emergency capabilities, facility and in-patient support capabilities.

Through the VetCOT VTC Network, VSC has collaborated with other hospitals on trauma cases. The VTC Network also recognizes hospitals that are continually working to improve their processes, enhance education and work to collaborate both internally between specialties and externally with other trauma centers.