MedVet Hilliard Receives Certification as a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility
MedVet Hilliard recently earned re-certification as a Level II veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS). This certification means that MedVet Hilliard has met and exceeded these prestigious standards of emergency veterinary care, and is fully-equipped with the resources and highly-skilled team necessary to provide this sophisticated emergency and critical care medicine to pets 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“This certification is a testament to MedVet Hilliard’s commitment to providing the highest quality medical care and service available to our avian, canine, feline and exotic companion animals throughout the Hilliard/central Ohio community and surrounding states, and exemplifies MedVet’s pledge to put the needs of our patients, clients, and referral partners first,” states Dr. Linda Lehmkuhl, Chief Executive Officer of MedVet.
“MedVet Hilliard employs a team of experienced emergency medicine doctors and a compassionate healthcare team who are available for emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” states Katie Quinter, DVM, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Director of MedVet Hilliard.
The purpose of this certification is to raise the standards of veterinary emergency care and to increase awareness about emergency services that are available for pets who have suffered an acute injury or severe illness. MedVet Hilliard initially earned this certification in April 2017.
“The ability to maintain this elite status is a testament to the high quality, progressive medicine that the team at MedVet Hilliard practices on a daily basis,” states Joe DeFulio, Vice President of Clinical Services, MedVet.
Obtaining this level of certification required MedVet Hilliard to meet the standards of care as defined by the VECCS. These standards include having the ability to evaluate, stabilize, and treat any small animal emergency, and having access to state-of-the-art equipment and resources, including a dedicated surgical preparation area. It also requires that a specialist who is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology is available for consultations 24/7.
The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society is an international, professional society of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and managers who serve to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care. VECCS offers a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care. This certification program identifies three levels (I through III) based on facility operating hours, equipment, and personnel. For more information in regards to the certification requirements for a Level II facility, please refer to the VECCS website at www.veccs.org under the Facility Certification tab.
About MedVet Hilliard
MedVet Hilliard partners with and serves as an extension of a pet’s family veterinary care team for emergencies and specialized care. Located just west of Columbus, MedVet Hilliard offers veterinary emergency and specialty care to patients throughout central and western Ohio. It’s unique specialty offering also attracts avian and exotic pets (such as rabbits, ferrets, birds, sugar gliders, chinchillas, hedgehogs, turtles, lizards, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and other unique species) from across the state and beyond. In addition to emergency services, MedVet Hilliard offers specialty services for surgery and radiology by referral from the client’s family veterinarian. To ensure the best care for pets, MedVet’s specialists have the expertise to perform the latest techniques and treatments and the healthcare teams are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies available.
Veterinarian led and owned since 1988, MedVet is a growing nationwide network of hospitals committed to delivering the highest quality, most compassionate specialty and emergency veterinary care available in the nation. More than 2,000 team members, working in 24 locations throughout the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Texas, and the Western United States, help to advance MedVet’s mission of Leading Specialty Healthcare for Pets. Through this effort, MedVet serves more than 250,000 pets and their families and over 7,500 referral partners each year.