Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know if my pet is having an
A: You know your pet best. If you are
noticing behaviors or changes that you are concerned with, you can
call and discuss your concerns to a senior veterinary student who
will relay your information to the veterinarian. Together we
can decide if your pet needs to be seen on emergency or if you can
follow up with your primary veterinarian.
Q: Can I bring my
pet into the ER without a referral from my
A: Yes, however; if your pet is currently
under the care of a veterinarian, it is best to discuss referral
with him or her. Your veterinarian can call to discuss the
case with us.
Q: Since you are a teaching hospital, will you
experiment on my pet?
A: No, we do not perform any experimental
treatments or procedure without your approval. Currently,
there are some experimental research trials underway, but your
consent is needed before enrollment in any of these trials.
Q: Is Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic more or
less expensive than other veterinary hospitals?
A: Our prices are comparable to other
specialty or emergency hospitals who offer the same level of
care. Estimates are based on the needs of the patient and
nature of the condition. We will provide an estimate prior to
treatment at which time a 50% deposit will be required.
Q: Who will examine my pet?
A: An emergency veterinarian and a senior
veterinary student will examine your pet. Since this
is a teaching facility, students are involved in all aspects of
patient care while under the direct supervision of
Q: How long is the wait?
A: This will vary based on what the current
caseload is. Our emergency team will triage all incoming
patients and treat the ones with the more serious, life threatening
injuries first. Our wait is often longer than at a typical
veterinary hospital due to the teaching aspect for the