Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society – Level I Emergency and Critical Care Facility
Friendship Hospital for Animals Receives Certification as Level I Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility.
Friendship Hospital for Animals was recently certified as a Level I veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) is now offering a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care. The purpose of this certification is to recognize those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS. VECCS does this in the hopes of raising the standard of care while also increasing public and professional awareness in the area of veterinary emergency and critical patient care.
This certification program identifies three levels (I through III) based on facility operating hours, equipment, and personnel.
The VECCS has identified a Level I facility as such:
“A Level I emergency and critical care facility is a 24 hour acute care facility with the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergent and critical patient care. This facility is open to receive small animal emergency patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The level I facility must have a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care employed full time and available for consultation either on-site or by phone 24/7.”
Friendship Hospital for Animals provides a wide scope of services using a collaborative approach to best medicine. Friendship has over sixty veterinarians in areas of primary care, emergency, and advanced specialty care, and partners with many local and regional referring veterinarians to offer state of the art health care.
As an independent hospital not associated with a national chain, Friendship has been family owned for over eighty years.
Friendship has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association for over sixty years.
For more information in regards to the certification requirements for a Level I facility please refer to the VECCS website at www.veccs.org under the Facility Certification tab.
(The VECCS is an international, professional society of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and managers dedicated to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care)
* Images courtesy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.