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Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet.

Kris Pellerin


Kris, a coonhound was brought back from the dead, thanks to the care, teamwork and timing of staff at Foster Hospital for Small Animals. Today he is alive, well and deeply cherished by his grateful family.



Hermione arrived in the emergency room on Thanksgiving evening after having been in a house fire that had destroyed her home.

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Beating the odds: Honey’s inspirational story of survival

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Quick Action and Teamwork Lead to Happy Ending

Advanced Techniques

The Emergency Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your pet. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.

Upon arrival at the hospital, your pet will be triaged, stabilized (if necessary), then a veterinarian and a final-year veterinary student will meet with you to discuss options for your pet's care and treatment. This may include repair of minor wounds or lacerations, treatment of gastrointestinal upset, definitive repair of trauma, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary, endocrine or renal problems. Diagnostic imaging (radiographs and ultrasound) is available around the clock as needed, as is diagnostic laboratory testing for evaluation of blood samples. More advanced treatments include blood transfusion, specialized coagulation testing and emergency surgical procedures.

Our Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit is home to the largest veterinary critical care training program in the country. Equally important, the Emergency Service is staffed by people who have pets themselves and understand the deep value of the human-animal bond. Our staff recognize that having to use the emergency service is stressful, and will work to keep you informed and to help you understand what is happening.

The emergency service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a walk-in basis. If you are unsure if your pet's condition is an emergency, please call 508-839-5395 (Option 3).

Advanced Techniques

Advanced Techniques

  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Wound Management
  • Blood Component Therapy
  • Post-surgical Critical Care
  • Anticoagulation Monitoring
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Continuous Cardiac monitoring (EKG)
  • Advanced Fluid Therapy
  • Emergencies: 508-839.5395, Option #3
  • Referring Veterinarian's Client Liaison (Rose Shaughnessy): 508-887-4745

Our doctors

  • Amanda Abelson

    Amanda Abelson
    Emergency & Critical Care/Anesthesia

  • Kathryn Benavides

    Kathryn Benavides
    Emergency and Critical Care

  • Amy Brida

    Amy Brida
    Emergency & Critical Care

  • Armelle M. de Laforcade

    Armelle M. de Laforcade
    Emergency Medicine & Critical Care, Coagulation

  • Tovah Dorsey

    Tovah Dorsey
    Emergency & Critical Care

  • Lindsey Fejfar

    Lindsey Fejfar
    Emergency and Critical Care

  • Juliet Gladden

    Juliet Gladden
    Anaphylaxis, Innate Immune System, Exotics

  • Nikki Licht

    Nikki Licht
    Emergency and Critical Care

  • Meghan O'Rourke Vaught

    Meghan O’Rourke Vaught
    Emergency & Critical Care

  • Theresa E. O'Toole

    Theresa E. O’Toole
    Emergency and Critical Care

  • Kimberly M Oparil

    Kimberly M Oparil
    Emergency Medicine

  • Elizabeth A. Rozanski

    Elizabeth A. Rozanski
    Respiratory Disease, Hematology, Emergency & Critical Care

  • Annie Shea Wayne

    Annie Shea Wayne
    Emergency & Critical Care