Small Animal Emergency Medicine - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Small Animal Emergency Medicine - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Small Animal Emergency Medicine

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Emergency Medicine

Our Service

Our Emergency and Critical Care Service is always open for our patients and referring veterinarians.  Whether serious, life-threatening problems or minor emergencies, we are a fully functional service with the capabilities of the entire hospital and always have a veterinarian and support staff in the hospital 24 hours a day for receiving patients. Our state of the art Intensive Care Unit provides ongoing care of critically ill or injured pets as well as those recovering from surgery.

Our primary goal is to provide the immediate initial evaluation, stabilization, and treatment for ill or injured pets. As part of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, our service is the conduit to the entire team of specialties to ensure the best possible care for your pet.

What to expect

When you arrive at the VMTH, you will be received by a fourth year veterinary student who will immediately transport your pet to the Emergency Service to be initially evaluated and stabilized by the emergency veterinarian on duty.  Our team will create a treatment plan which may require your pet staying in the hospital or may be done on an outpatient basis depending on the condition. Our team may also recommend transferring your pet to your primary veterinarian for follow up care.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Appointments are not necessary, but please call ahead if possible.

 

 

Our Team

Our team consists of experienced emergency veterinarians who manage the Emergency Service with support from interns,  fourth veterinary students and our experienced technical staff. Our dedicated staff is here for you and your pet whenever an emergency situation may arise, no matter the time of day or night. Our focus is on providing the immediate and necessary care and keeping your pet as comfortable as possible.

Stacy Eckman

Stacy L. Eckman, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Stacy Eckman received her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She was an associate veterinarian at a private practice in Corpus Christi after graduation. In 2004, she bought and co-owned a hospital in Corpus Christi and practiced there until 2009. In 2009, Dr. Eckman returned to College Station to her present position. She is actively involved in the 1VM mentoring program and is on the selections committee for the College. Dr. Eckman's professional interests include emergency medicine, feline medicine, zoonotic disease, and whelping complications. In her free time, Dr. Eckman enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and 2 children, gardening, and reading.

James Barr

James Barr, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Jimmy Barr is originally from Winnfield, LA, and attended Louisiana State University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 and his DVM degree in 2001. After 3 years in private practice in Houston, TX at Westbury Animal Hospital, he completed a rigorous residency program at the world-renowned Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA in 2007. After his residency, he began practicing at Florida Veterinary Specialists and received board certification as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Barr enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine and critical care with special interests in positive pressure ventilation, CPR, fluid therapy, and transfusion medicine. He is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care holding membership on the Credentials Committee.

Medora Pashmakova

Medora B. Pashmakova, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Medora Pashmakova is a 2009 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She completed her internship and residency at Texas A&M University and is board certified in Emergency and Critical Care. Following her training, Dr. Pashmakova stayed at Texas A&M University, where she enjoys active involvement in critical cases as both a primary clinician and consultant to other services. Her clinical and research interests include snake envenomations, transfusion medicine, and sepsis. She also has a special interest in parvoviral enteritis and fluid therapy in shock. In addition to clinics, Dr. Pashmakova coordinates weekly intern rounds, wet-labs, and is involved in state and national continuing education events.

Christine Rutter

Christine Rutter, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Rutter is originally from Biloxi, Mississippi & graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She was a primary care veterinarian in South Florida before pursuing an emergency & critical care internship in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her residency training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 & is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. She worked in private referral practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before accepting a position at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in March of 2016. Her professional interests include blood dycrasias, clotting disorders, trauma, & respiratory disease. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, hiking & traveling with her dogs, Indiana Jones & Todd.
Michael Ciepluch

Michael Ciepluch, DVM

Lecturer

Dr. Mike Ciepluch received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2013. After completing an internship at the University of Georgia, he and his wife (a small animal surgery resident at TAMU) moved to College Station. He now teaches Primary Care and Emergency Medicine to senior veterinary students. In his free time, he enjoys sports, music, and spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Courtney Wilson graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship the following year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is now pursuing a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Texas A&M University. Her professional interests include small animal toxicities, trauma and transfusion medicine. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Wilson enjoys reading, yoga, horseback riding, watching movies and spending time with Rhett, her Great Dane, as well as her two cats, Montanna and Simon.

Lorie Torkildsen, DVM

Laurie Torkildsen, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Laurie Torkildsen is a 2014 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri the following year.  She returned to Texas A&M University to pursue her residency in small animal emergency and critical care.  Outside of the hospital, Dr. Torkildsen enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her standard poodle, Frederic.
Stanley Sowy

Stanley Sowy, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Sowy is originally from Southern California, but calls San Antonio his home now. He graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2014 & then completed a rigorous small animal rotating internship at the renowned Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to complete an emergency critical care & internal medicine internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas before starting his residency in small animal emergency & critical care at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. During his free time, Dr. Sowy enjoys watching movies & trying all kinds of cuisine. He is an avid cook and baker.