Critical Care

The critical care service team at the Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center (AVES) is capable of treating a wide range of medical problems from minor to life-threatening. We strive to support our local referring veterinary community by providing advanced diagnostics and intensive monitoring for your pet. The critical care department works in conjunction with your regular veterinarian and other AVES specialists to provide comprehensive, quality, and compassionate care.

After completing a thorough evaluation of your pet and the medical records provided by your regular veterinarian, a unique diagnostic and treatment plan is formulated to meet your pet’s needs.

The centrally-located intensive care unit (ICU) is specifically designed for close, 24-hour intensive monitoring of your pet. The ICU is equipped with the latest technologies including blood pressure monitoring, continuous cardiac monitoring, pulse oximetry, blood gas analyzers, coagulation monitoring, ultrasonography, central venous pressure monitoring and blood typing. In the event that your pet requires oxygen therapy, our ICU contains oxygen cages that have the ability to provide a temperature and humidity controlled, oxygen-enriched environment.


  • Acute patient stabilization
  • State-of-the-art patient monitoring
  • Stabilization/treatment of complications due to chronic illnesses (ex: kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
  • Post-operative care
  • Traumatic injury
  • Shock resuscitation
  • Pain management
  • Advanced fluid therapy and transfusion therapy
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Specialized anesthetic protocols
  • Chest tube placement and management
  • Feeding tube placement
  • Endoscopic foreign body removal
  • Thoracentesis/abdominocentesis/pericardiocentesis
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

For more information, please speak to your referring veterinarian or call 512-343-2837.




Department Information

Our critical care service is open Tuesday-Friday, 8am – 6pm and Saturday, 7am – 7pm. Please contact our office at 512-343-2837 for more information or to schedule an appointment.



Appointment scheduling is available Monday through Saturday during regular business hours by calling 512-343-2837. We recommend speaking to your primary care veterinarian about a referral before making an appointment. We do recommend scheduling as soon as you can as appointments tend to fill up 1-2 weeks in advance.

We recommend that you bring all medications (or a list of those medications) that you pet has been taking. In general, medications do NOT need to be stopped before your appointment. Also, please bring any records (blood work results, x-rays, etc.) that you have from your veterinarian – even if they already sent them over. It is always best to have copies with you in case the information does not make it here prior to your appointment.

We know how hard it can be to be away from your pet. If your pet has to stay in our hospital, you can certainly visit. Our visitation hours are between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call ahead and we will arrange the best time to visit with your pet.







Have an emergency? We are open 24/7/365 for pets requiring immediate assistance.