New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Emergency & Critical Care

We're Open 24/7/365

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is proud to offer our clients the nation's largest team of dedicated, dual-boarded emergency and critical care specialists for large animals.

What that means is that when you come to New Bolton Center with an emergency at any time of the day or night, any day of the year,  the clinical team receiving you and your animal has the oversight of our four-person, dual-boarded senior ECC team.

Our team is 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. 

Learn more about what we offer and how we can help.

  • What Board Certification in Emergency Critical Care Means For Our Clients

    A specialist in large animal 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 a veterinary degree (DVM or VMD), a large animal criticalist must:
    • First complete a residency program in large animal surgery, medicine, or anesthesia. Following completion of a residency, board certification in the specialty is obtained by passing a comprehensive examination given by the specialty college (ACVS, ACVIM, or ACVAA).
    • After completion of the residency, the prospective specialist will receive a minimum (or equivalent) of two to 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 rigorous 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” in emergency critical care, or a "criticalist", and is board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care.

  • Fellowship in Large Animal Emergency Critical & Care

    Interested in applying for a fellowship in Emergency Critical & Care?

    Learn more about our program here...