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 graduated from Texas A&M University. She practiced in Corpus Christi after graduation and co-owned a hospital before returning to Texas A&M University. She is actively involved in Communication throughout the curriculum, 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.

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Medora Pashmakova

Medora B. Pashmakova, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Medora Pashmakova received her DVM from Michigan State University. She completed an internship before pursuing a residency at Texas A&M University, where she became board certified in Emergency & Critical Care. Her special interests include feline critical care, parvoviral enteritis, sepsis, environmental emergencies.

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Christine Rutter

Christine Rutter, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Christine Rutter received her DVM from Mississippi State University. 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 University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care. Her special interests include blood dycrasias, clotting disorders, trauma, & respiratory disease.

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Justin Heinz

Justin Heinz, DVM, DACVECC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Justin Heinz received his DVM from Purdue University. Following a small animal rotating internship at Louisiana State University, he completed his residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Texas A&M University. His special interests include acute kidney injury, extra-corporeal renal replacement therapies, and sepsis.

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Lorie Torkildsen, DVM

Laurie Torkildsen, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Laurie Torkildsen received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship at the University of Missouri, followed by a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Texas A&M University. Her special interests include sepsis, transfusion medicine, fluid resuscitation, and trauma.

Stanley Sowy

Stanley Sowy, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Stanley Sowy received his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Angell Animal Medical Center. He then went on to complete an emergency critical care & internal medicine internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists before starting his residency in small animal emergency & critical care at Texas A&M University. His special interests include transfusion medicine and endocrine emergencies.