At the Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit at Foster Hospital for Small Animals, we provide compassionate care for critically ill dogs and cats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a walk-in basis. Overseen by faculty members who are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, the Foster Hospital’s state-of-the-art facility and specialized equipment allows us to provide a level of care not available in most veterinary hospitals. We serve central Massachusetts as a primary emergency hospital, and New England and beyond for referral of critically ill or injured pets.
Our Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit is home to the largest veterinary emergency and critical-care training program in the country. Our staff recognizes that having to use the emergency service is stressful, and will work to keep you informed and to help you understand what is happening. Our team approach allows each patient to benefit from the collective experience of the entire healthcare team, not just the primary care doctor.
Meet our Emergency & Critical Care Team:
Amanda Abelson, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Amanda Abelson is on the faculty of the Cummings’ School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts as a member of both the anesthesia and the small animal emergency and critical care departments—one of only a handful of veterinarians who specializes in both areas. She’s particularly interested in anesthesia of the high-risk patient and perioperative management of critically ill dogs and cats.
Armelle de Laforcade, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Armelle de Laforcade is an Associate Medical Director of Foster Hospital for Small Animals and the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals; she also serves on the Emergency and Critical Care team. Dr. de Laforcade is a criticalist certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) and serves the organization in a leadership capacity as its executive secretary. In addition to her clinical and managerial responsibilities at Tufts veterinary teaching hospitals, Dr. de Laforcade teaches graduate-level courses on subjects ranging from sepsis to coagulation, as well as the business of veterinary medicine.
Therese O’Toole, DVM, DACVIM
A dual board-certified specialist in small animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care, Dr. Therese O’Toole is one of the core faculty of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ busy Emergency and Critical Care department. She sees cases that require emergent care for trauma, infections, or complications of a wide assortment of conditions, including metabolic, cardiac, and neurological diseases—some of the hospital’s most complicated cases.
Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
A member of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals’ Emergency and Critical Care team, Dr. Liz Rozanski is board-certified in both internal medicine and emergency and critical care. She has been involved in student efforts to provide free rabies vaccinations in low-income housing in the City of Worcester, serves as a faculty mentor for summer student research projects, and is past president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society. Dr. Rozanski is president-elect of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).
Claire Sharp, DVM, BVMS, DACVECC
Dr. Claire Sharp is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She joined the Tufts faculty in August 2009, and has particular interests in trauma, systemic infections, and respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation.