Artemis is a VECCS Certified Hospital

VECCS Certification

VECCS certified Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility

Artemis Veterinary Emergency Hospital has been certified as a Level II veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, becoming the only facility within a 30-mile radius to hold the designation.

“The Level II emergency and critical care certification means we have the medical staff, personnel, and training necessary to provide emergent and critical patient care.” according to our Medical Director, Melanie Galanis D.V.M. “We achieved this certification due to the level of commitment of our staff, our in-house capabilities and high standards of our emergency and critical care facility. This is not only a great achievement for the hospital but more so for the community we serve and we are honored to be able to provide this level of patient care.”

The certification program is part of an effort by Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) to raise awareness for emergency critical care services and to give the public a way to compare different emergency and critical facilities.

According to the VECC society’s website, the level II emergency and critical care facility is a 24-hour acute care facility with the medical staff, personnel and training necessary to provide emergent and critical patient care. This facility is open to receive small animal emergency patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

In addition, the level II emergency and critical care facility must also have:

  • A dedicated surgical preparation area.
  • Have these items in stock:
    • Canine packed red blood cells
    • Feline Type A packed red blood cells
    • A maintenance crystalloid solution
    • Central venous catheters
    • Diltiazem
    • Sodium nitroprusside or hydralazine
    • Magnesium sulfate or magnesium chloride
    • Sodium phosphate or potassium phosphate
  • The capability of providing enteral nutritional support through the placement of an esophagostomy tube.
  • The capability of providing partial parenteral nutrition.
  • Consultation capabilities with a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (onsite or via the internet) for the review of diagnostic images when necessary.

In collaboration with our surgery service, our hospital can also provide emergency surgery and general surgery.

We are able to provide timely surgical assessment and operative management of the patient with an acute or chronic surgical problem. Our hospital concentrates the care of the patient in one hospital, one place. This allows for the development of evidence-base medicine/management guidelines to care for patients.  This helps increase continuity in care, reduce cost, and improves recovery quicker.

We welcome both referral and walk-in emergencies of any kind and recommend that an owner call (703) 722-9159 prior to coming to alert us of their emergency so we can be better prepared to assist you during this time.