Q: How do I know if my pet is having an
A: You know your pet best. If you are noticing behaviors
or changes that you are concerned with, you can call and discuss
your concerns to a senior veterinary student who will relay your
information to the veterinarian. Together we can decide if
your pet needs to be seen on emergency or if you can follow up with
your primary veterinarian.
Q: Can I bring my pet into the ER without a
referral from my veterinarian?
A: Yes, however; if your pet is currently under the care
of a veterinarian, it is best to discuss referral with him or
her. Your veterinarian can call to discuss the case with
Q: Since you are a teaching hospital, will you
experiment on my pet?
A: No, we do not perform any experimental treatments or
procedure without your approval. Currently, there are some
experimental research trials underway, but your consent is needed
before enrollment in any of these trials.
Q: Is Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic more or
less expensive than other veterinary hospitals?
A: Our prices are comparable to other specialty or
emergency hospitals who offer the same level of care.
Estimates are based on the needs of the patient and nature of the
condition. We will provide an estimate prior to treatment at
which time a 50% deposit will be required.
Q: Who will examine my pet?
A: An emergency veterinarian and a senior veterinary
student will examine your pet. Since this is a teaching
facility, students are involved in all aspects of patient care
while under the direct supervision of veterinarians.
Q: How long is the wait?
A: This will vary based on what the current caseload is.
Our emergency team will triage all incoming patients and treat the
ones with the more serious, life threatening injuries first.
Our wait is often longer than at a typical veterinary hospital due
to the teaching aspect for the students.