Austin Welcomes New State-of-the-Art Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center


Austin, TX – July 23, 2015 – Located on 2222, between 360 and 620, the Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center (AVES) has opened the doors to its new state of the art 11,000 sq ft facility and is providing care for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

AVES launched its Surgical Center on November 20, 2014, and added 24-hour Emergency and Critical Care services on February 10, 2015. The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department was started on March 23, 2015 and AVES looks forward to launching the Internal Medicine Department starting August 3, 2015 with the addition of Maura Duffy, DVM, DACVIM, a board-certified veterinary internist. AVES will be expanding their Dentistry and Oral Surgery services to 5 days a week on August 17 with the addition of Tiffany Menke, DVM, DAVDC, a board-certified veterinary dentist.

The AVES Emergency & Critical Care department is available to manage a wide variety of cases including transfer cases requiring basic overnight care, critical patients requiring long-term care, and emergent patients at any time. AVES’ seasoned emergency doctors, board-certified critical care specialist, and highly skilled technical staff are trained to deliver the appropriate amount of care for each patient. The facility is equipped to handle the full spectrum of patient care needs, from treating something as small as a minor dermatologic issue to performing major cardiothoracic procedures with our surgical staff. “We want our patients to have the care they need in the form they need it at all times. At 3 AM, when pet owners and pets need us most, AVES will be there,” said Dr. Lindsay Vaughn, partner and Medical Director of the AVES Emergency & Critical Care department and board-certified veterinary criticalist.

The surgery center’s services include soft tissue surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery and sports medicine from some of the nation’s leading surgeons. “Our focus is on caring and compassionate state of the art services as well as friendly, communicative relationships with pet owners and family veterinarians” said Dr. Don Hulse, one of AVES’ leading specialists and a foremost national expert on veterinary orthopedic surgery. AVES provides the most advanced veterinary care in the field and utilizes the most advanced software which allows for 3D reconstruction of images that can help specialists visualize the tissue structures and plan treatment options. “Minimally invasive techniques combined with an expert knowledge base speaks to the dedication and commitment to the highest quality care we bring to our clients and their pets,” said Dr. Russell Kalis, another of AVES’ board-certified surgeons. While there is a separation in the purposes of the surgical and emergency centers, the inclusion of both types of care is a true testament to the complete veterinary care experience AVES seeks to offer the community.

About Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is a comprehensive 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital located at 7300 Ranch Road 2222 in Austin. The hospital provides Emergency & Critical Care, Surgery & Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Dentistry & Oral Surgery services. AVES was founded by partners of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Don Hulse and Dr. Lindsay Vaughn in 2014 with the goal of providing the highest level of patient care and client service available. The same partners from Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (Dr. Wayne Whitney, Dr. Brian Beale, Dr. Heidi Hottinger, Dr. Randy Longshore, and Mr. Ryan Buck) also founded Mission Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit For more information on Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, visit For more information about Mission Veterinary Specialists, visit