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New Emergency Medicine Facility
Staffed by experts in veterinary critical care and emergency
medicine, the newly renovated facility includes sophisticated
equipment such as a human-health grade laboratory analyzer for
blood, a new state-of-the-art ventilator with graphics, monitors
for vital signs, defibrillators, syringe pumps, and other emergency
room instruments that are currently supporting cutting-edge
medicine and surgery in human hospitals.
"This new facility reflects the rapid advancement in veterinary
medicine over the past ten years," said Dr. Maureen McMichael,
Director of the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Program. "Now,
veterinarians have access to some of the same technologies that
human practitioners use."
The new equipment and larger facility will help veterinarians at
the Small Animal Hospital to better diagnosis and treat a variety
of emergency conditions including massive trauma, neurological
conditions, toxicities, renal failure, and emergency referral cases
from veterinarians across the State.
Expanded areas include intensive and intermediate care,
anesthesia preparation, and a much-needed endoscopic procedure
room. "We hope that our growing critical care and emergency
medicine service will support veterinarians not only in Texas, but
throughout the Southwest," added McMichael.
Texas A&M University's Small Animal Hospital serves as one
of the most sophisticated veterinary medical teaching laboratories
in the nation where fourth-year students in the professional
program can learn the art and science of veterinary medicine. The
expansion in critical care and emergency medicine facilities and
staff is anticipated to increase the skills of graduating
veterinarians in this growing specialty.
In addition to McMichael, Dana Heath, Assistant Hospital
Administrator and the newly-elected President of the National
Organization of Critical Care Technicians, Lori Atkins, the
Critical Care Coordinator, as well as other clinical specialists
will staff the new critical care and emergency medicine facility.
Veterinarians and members of the media got a "Sneak Preview" of the
new state-of-the-art critical care and emergency medicine facility
at Texas A&M University's Small Animal Hospital on Monday,
September 10, 2002. It was a rare opportunity to see the facility
because once patients are admitted to the unit; only veterinarians,
technicians, and fourth year medical students working in emergency
medicine and critical care will be permitted to enter.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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