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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 provides unmatched patient care services 24/7, so emergency cases can be met with an immediate response.

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 of board-certified faculty clinicians and highly skilled staff 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 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.

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 team of specialists
  • Full examinations hourly or continuously, as in the case of foals

Level II - Intensive Care

Approximately 30-40% of all emergencies require intensive care, which includes:

  • 24-hour monitoring and treatment by a 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

Faculty clinicians

Each faculty member is board certified in either internal medicine or surgery. All have extensive experience in dealing with equine emergency cases.