Emergency and Critical Care Services at the EMC
In an emergency, call 703-771-6800 and you will be connected with our specialists 24 hours a day.
The EMC has a Level 3 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), meaning that we provide advanced specialty care with life-support capabilities. We have the expertise and experience as well as state-of-the-art equipment to monitor and manage patients with any type of emergency. We take pride in our ability to triage each case and save lives.
The Center has board-certified faculty clinicians in internal medicine, surgery, and reproduction so all aspects of a horse's problem are identified and evaluated. In addition, our highly skilled staff, working with state-of-the-art equipment that is housed in our comprehensive facilities, provide the utmost in patient care services.
The advanced specialty care available at the EMC gives your horse the best chance for survival. We recommend you bring your horse for emergency treatment as soon as is possible and practical.
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Levels of care at the Equine Medical Center
Level III - Critical Care
A horse will receive critical care for the first 24-48 hours after being admitted in a life or death situation. Approximately 10% of all emergency patients and 60% of all post-op surgeries at the EMC require critical care. Critical care includes:
- Continuous monitoring and treatment by a trained team of specialists.
- Full examinations hourly or continuously as with foals.
Level II - Intensive Care
Approximately 30-40% of all emergencies require intensive care, which includes:
- 24-hour monitoring and treatment by trained team of specialists.
- Full examinations 5-10 times daily.
Level I - Standard Hospital Care
When the horse is stabilized, it will receive our standard level of care:
- Round-the-clock monitoring and treatment.
- Exams 2-4 times a day.
- Meet our equine blood donors
- Foal Pneumonia, by Dr. Harold McKenzie
- Care for high-risk mares and health challenged foals available at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
- Equine medical center faculty care for critically ill foals
- Emergency responder horse handling training a success
- Equine Emergencies and First Aid, by Dr. Jennifer Barrett (PDF)
Each faculty member is board certified in either internal medicine or surgery. All have extensive experience in dealing with equine emergency cases.