Charleston Veterinary Referral Center Awarded Level I Certification as Emergency and Critical Care Facility.
June 25, 2014
Charleston, SC — The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) has awarded its highest certification to West Ashley’s Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, making it one of only six Level I Certified Veterinary Hospitals in the nation and the only facility in the Southeast to attain this designation.
David B. Sachs, Emergency Veterinarian and Medical Director of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, who received the certification last week, said its purpose is “to recognize those hospitals that meet the extremely high standards and guidelines published by VECCS with goals of raising the standard of veterinary care while also increasing public and professional awareness of emergency and critical care providers.”
Chief of Critical Care Kristin Welch, DVM, DACVECC, explained that the certification program identifies three levels (I through III) based on operating hours, equipment and personnel. “A Level I emergency and critical care facility must have the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergent and critical care using the attendant technologies. Second, it must be open to receive small animal emergency patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Finally, a Level I facility must have a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care on staff full-time and available for consultation 24/7.”
Dr. Welch added that “We are one of an elite group that includes the world-renowned Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. We’ve worked very hard to find the specialists from all over the country needed to put this all together. Pet owners and their vets can have confidence in the training, experience and team approach we take in caring for the animals they bring us. They can benefit from all our skill sets.”
The Center’s 17 clinical staff members are designated according to their areas of expertise. Clinical services include cardiology, dentistry, emergency and critical care, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, physical therapy, surgery, radiology and physical rehabilitation.
Opened in 2011 by Dr. Alan Green, Chief of Staff, and Dr. Sachs, the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is located on Shelby Ray Court, just off Glenn McConnell Parkway in West Ashley, and is the only veterinary facility between Savannah and Myrtle Beach that fulfills all the criteria set by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society to be called an Emergency/Critical Care Center.
Dr. Sachs concluded, “Being a VECCS Level I certified facility means that this respected society considers us among “the best of the best” and enables us to offer a level of care and service unparalleled in the Southeast.”
We know the true benefit of physical therapy in people so it makes sense that our beloved pets would also benefit from the same therapy. There are a multitude of conditions in which physical therapy is used in animals today including weight loss, arthritis, sports injuries, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, post operative fracture repairs, spinal cord injuries, wound healing, and pain control, just to name a few! Rehabilitation and physical therapy have become the gold standard in veterinary care; however, many clients do not know how their family pet can benefit from this service.
The following are 5 ways in which your pet would benefit from rehabilitation and physical therapy: Read More >
Congratulations to our Michelle Parks! She has been voted the 2012 South Carolina Association of Veterinarians Technician of the Year.
Michelle is known for her extraordinary way with clients, doctors and patients. With Bachelor’s degrees from both Cornell and Mercy College, Michelle has developed expertise in the areas of theriogenology, cardiology, internal medicine and ophthalmology. She will be presented with a plaque at the South Carolina State Meeting in Greenville on October 20th.
CVRC is pleased to introduce the newest member of the CVRC medical team: Brier Bostrom, DVM, DACVIM. Welcome Dr. Bostrom!
Charleston, SC (August 28, 2012) — The ASPCA says 60% of all dogs over age 6 will get cancer during their lifetime, and Veterinary Pet Insurance says in 2011, they received nearly 50,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets – the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. While these statistics may sound grim, there have been amazing advances in veterinary oncology during recent years. Treatments that were once only options for humans – such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy – are now available for our four-legged family members. Read More >
Charleston, SC (August 9, 2012) Living the quintessential Charleston lifestyle for many families and their pets includes beach time, boats and swimming. The emergency team at CVRC sees cases of saltwater intoxication every summer, so Dr. Kristin Welch, head of our Emergency and Critical Care Department, wants to remind everyone about this danger to our pets.
Charleston, SC (July 10, 2012) It’s summertime fun for you and your pet but do you know the top four pet emergencies to beware of this time of year? The region’s only Board Certified Critical Care Veterinary Specialist, Dr. Kristin Welch of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (www.charlestonvrc.com) is sharing these tips to keep pets safe and educate pet owners this summer.
The Departments of Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care at CVRC are proud to present Jason Balara DVM, DACVS and Kristin Welch DVM, DACVECC Wednesday, July 25th at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
CVRC will be sponsoring the “Charleston Veterinary Referral Center supports the Boo Radley Foundation” Dog Day game night at the Charleston Riverdogs game the evening of June 10th. 3,000 baseball fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the park that night, learn more about the Boo Radley Foundation, meet CVRC staff and hopefully, donate to the foundation. Donations that come from the Charleston region stay in Charleston for the allocation and benefit of local pet owners. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED BY CLICKING HERE. Type in the password: cvrc2012 Read More >
Charleston, SC (March 6, 2012) – It’s been called a very tough little fish. A small, 5 inch Bass was found upside down, swollen and in bent body position last month at the South Carolina Aquarium. Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Shane Boylan took numerous X rays and discovered abnormal gas in the body cavity. He was able to remove the gas pocket to improve buoyancy, but was concerned the bent body conformation was due to spinal trauma.
Charleston, SC (February 29, 2012) February is National Pet Dental Month and the dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care. In fact, the American Veterinary Dental Society reports that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age three. Charleston Veterinary Referral Center’s dentistry team, Heather L. Duncan, DVM and Katherine E. Queck, DVM, Fellow, Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, share the top pet dental conditions, symptoms, treatments and the top ten ways to keep your pet’s teeth healthy.
State-of-the-Art Hospital is Nationally Recognized By Prestigious Industry Magazine
Charleston, SC (Jan. 10, 2012) — Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) announced today that the Center has won the 2012 Hospital Design Competition Award for Best Facility Conversion from Veterinary Economics Magazine. An independent panel of judges evaluated hospitals from across the country on site plans, outpatient and inpatient areas, quality of interior finish materials, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and overall features.
Veterinary Economics has selected CVRC as the winner of the Best Facility Conversion Award in the 2012 Hospital Design Competition. An article on each award-winning facility will be publish in the March 2012 through February 2013 issues. Click below to read the congratulations letter.
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Charleston, SC (November 9, 2011) — The ASPCA says 60% of all dogs over age six will get cancer during their lifetime and Veterinary Pet Insurance says in 2010, they received more than 71,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets – the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. There have been amazing advances in veterinary oncology during recent years and treatment costs are more affordable, but what is your true pet cancer I.Q. and what do all pet owners need to know now about pet cancer facts, diagnosis and treatment? Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) of The Cancer Center at CVRC (www.charlestonvrc.com) can bust some pet cancer myths and share a few important and interesting facts.
Charleston, SC (October, 2011) — Moray eels can be sinister enough when swimming but what would you do if you had to get one of these giants onto a CT machine? That’s exactly what veterinarians at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (www.charlestonvrc.com) did this month when the South Carolina Aquarium presented them with the case of the eel. Aquarium staff suspected the eel had a possible spinal injury when it was clear it was having a difficult time turning its head or swimming to the right. CVRC’s Dr. Jason King, DACVIM (Neurology) worked with Dr. Shane Boylan of the aquarium to anesthetize the eel underwater, and determine the maximum amount of time it could lay on the CT. Doctors moved FAST in the 6 to 7 minutes they had to get the necessary images of the adult eel.
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center Partners With Trident Technical College To Train Vet Tech Students
Students to Receive Special On-Site Training from CVRC Experts to Help Increase Their Knowledge-Base in a Real-Life Setting
Charleston, SC (June 21, 2011) — Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) announced today that the Center is partnering with Trident Technical College in Monchs Corner to offer on-site training to the school’s Veterinary Technology students. Students enrolled in the program will participate in an eight-week session where they will spend four hours a week at CVRC working with specialists on the various topics they are studying. Read More >
Mayor Joseph P. Riley takes part in a weekend of grand opening festivities
Charleston, SC (March 1, 2011) — The new Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), located at 3484 Shelby Ray Court in West Ashley, opened its doors for business on Monday, February 28, 2011, following a weekend’s worth of successful grand opening and ribbon cutting celebrations. Grand opening events were attended by more than 100 Charleston area pet owners and 140 veterinarians and hospital personnel who toured the state-of-the-art specialty referral, emergency and critical care veterinary facility.
Veterinarians in the area seeking to refer pet patients for specialized veterinary care and pet owners seeking emergency and critical care for injured and seriously ill animals will have a new veterinary hospital to turn to in 2011.
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is a specialty referral, emergency and critical care veterinary hospital scheduled to open in March 2011. Read More >
Charleston, SC (January 26, 2011) — Eighty-three percent of pet owners refer to themselves as their pet’s “mom” or “dad,” and seventy-three percent of them are willing to “spare no expense” to provide for their pet’s well-being, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. No doubt, pet owners demand a higher level of emergency care as well as the use of advanced technology in treating their animals. To help meet the specialty, emergency and critical care veterinary needs of area pet owners, Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC), located at 3484 Shelby Ray Court in Charleston, will open for business on Monday, February 28, 2011. Read More >
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