Vet Medical Center will be open for Emergency services only Friday, July 3rd.
The Aslan Intensive Care Unit at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center's John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital contains state-of-the-art equipment designed to help our team provide advanced patient care. Patients may be admitted to intensive care from any service within the hospital. While hospitalized, the patients are still under direct supervision of their primary doctor, and additional oversight is provided by our board-certified criticalist.
Our ICU is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and 4th year veterinary students and is also supported by a board-certified criticalist. In addition to this core team, our hospital's many board-certified specialists are available to help develop a treatment plan best suited for our critical patients' medical needs. Each patient receives a daily nutritional evaluation; a nutrition plan is then developed by our nutrition service under the direction of our board-certified nutritionists to meet the unique needs of our critical patients.
We provide advanced care of post-operative and trauma cases using the latest techniques in continuous pain management and wound care. Critical cases supported include
- renal failure
- liver disease
- oncology cases
- neurologic disorders
- immune-mediated diseases
- cardiac diseases
Our advanced monitoring equipment and services include
- Snyder oxygen cage therapy, which provides a climate-controlled, stress-free environment for those patients requiring supplemental oxygen therapy
- respiratory ventilators to provide mechanical ventilation
- telemetric wireless ECG, which enables continuous remote cardiac monitoring of the patient
- Abbott digital fluid infusion pumps
- Medfusion portable syringe pumps for constant rate infusions
- closed chest suction units
- patient warming devices
- doppler and oscillometric blood pressure monitoring
- multi-parameter monitors allowing simultaneous and continuous assessment of SPO2, ECG, direct arterial blood pressure and end-tidal CO2.
In addition, we offer blood product transfusions, tracheostomy care, and total parenteral nutrition.
Cageside diagnostics include
- IRMA blood analyzer providing electrolyte and blood gas analysis, hematocrit and total solid measurement
- canine and feline glucometers
- colloid osmometer
Critical Care Unit Team
Technicians and Staff
- Leslie Wereszczak, LVMT, VTS(ECC), ICU Supervisor
- LeAnn Hicks, LVMT, VTS(ECC)
- Elise Littleton, LVMT
- Cassandra Meitner, LVMT
- Rebecca Smith, LVMT, VTS (ECC)
- Derek Vanderhoff, LVT
- Eric Hilton, LVT
- Kyla Schwarten, Veterinary Assistant
- Rachel Laney, Veterinary Assistant
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