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Emergency & Critical Care

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center offers one of the nation’s few Emergency Critical Care programs for large animals, with a team of dual board-certified specialists, specifically trained in emergency/critical care, surgery and medicine.

Available around the clock, 365 days per year, our critical care experts are dedicated to providing comprehensive emergency medical and surgical care to any and all large animals suffering from life-threatening illnesses and injuries. We offer state-of-the-art intensive care in a compassionate environment, to respond to our patients when they need us most.

About Board Certification

A specialist in emergency critical care is a specially trained veterinarian dedicated to treating life-threatening conditions. Board certification requires extensive additional training, which strongly influences the veterinarian's expertise in treating patients.

After receiving their VMD or DVM degree, a specialist must:

  • Receive a minimum (or equivalent) of three additional years of intense training in emergency, surgery and critical care through completion of 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 then pass a tough board -certification examination given by the ACVECC.

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. 


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