Critical Care

VSH has board-certified specialists who are highly trained in providing treatment for critically ill patients. These patients typically require intensive monitoring and, at times, life supporting measures in the intensive care unit before being transferred back to the care of a primary care veterinarian. Critical care patients often come to VSH due to injury or the sudden development of an acute life threatening disease or illness. Occasionally patients receive critical care following a major surgery when they are considered too unstable.  Our board certified specialists are experienced in providing critical care during this crucial time and can work with other departments within VSH to determine the best course of treatment.

VSH provides critical care seven days a week at its Cary hospital.

What is a board-certified critical care specialist?

A critical care specialist has undergone additional training after veterinary school including an internship and residency in emergency, surgery and critical care. This additional training takes between 3 and 5 years to complete.  The specialist must also pass rigorous examinations to achieve board certification from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).

Meet our critical care specialists:

Dr. Ben O'Kelley

Dr. Scott Wells