Primary care veterinarians and specialists in veterinary emergency and critical care work together to form a great team for exceptional patient care. While primary care veterinarians play a crucial role of identifying complex and/or life-threatening medical situations, emergency and critical care specialists thrive in managing these cases. The emergency and critical care specialist is dedicated to saving lives. The specialist utilizes their advanced skills, as well as the wealth of information in veterinary literature, to help critically ill animals overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The relationship between a patient and their primary care veterinarians is invaluable. Clients rely on their primary care veterinarian’s opinion when making even the smallest medical decisions for their pet. The emergency and critical care specialist fosters this relationship by ensuring the primary care veterinarian is involved in the ongoing care provided by the specialist. This includes sharing medical records (e.g., blood work, x-rays, ultrasound findings, etc.) patient recommendations, and open communication, if approved by the pet owner. Information about emergency and critical care specialists in your geographical area can be found on our website.