The Animal Trauma Center (ATC) provides team-based, definitive care for dog and cat trauma cases at the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). An emergency veterinarian is immediately available to the trauma patient, supported by board-certified criticalists, surgeons, internists, anesthesiologists, and radiologists, as needed. Specialists in neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, nutrition, cardiology, clinical pathology, and rehabilitation may also be involved in the patient's care (although not all services are available 24/7).
The VMC has a 24/7 intensive care unit overseen by board-certified veterinary criticalists and staffed by certified veterinary technicians, many with advanced certifications. The Animal Trauma Center receives severely injured patients referred from regional emergency or primary care clinics, as well as patients who come directly to the VMC. While the ATC is geared toward trauma cases, the hospital's Emergency Service provides the same level of care to any patient, regardless of the cause of their illness.