Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS) has received Level 1 certification from the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. The certification distinguishes CUVS as a facility at the highest level of veterinary trauma, emergency and critical care.
A Level 1 Emergency and Critical Care facility is a 24-hour acute care facility with the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergency and ICU patient care. Such certification identifies those hospitals that meet certain standards and guidelines.
“[The certification] is a terrific step forward for the specialty,” said Susan Hackner, BVSc, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC, chief medical officer and chief operating officer of CUVS. “It creates a set of standards to which facilities can aspire and work toward; and it enables pet owners to make educated decisions about their pet’s care, especially in emergent and critical situations in which these decisions can have significant impact.”
CUVS was established in 2011 in Stamford, Conn. It is wholly owned by Cornell University and under the direction of the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.