Lakeshore Named First VECCS-Certified Level 1 Emergency & Critical Care Facility In The Nation


veccs.jpgWe are proud to announce that our Glendale location is the first Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) - Certified Level 1 Emergency and Critical Care Facility in the nation. The VECCS Certification Program identifies three levels of distinction based on facility operating hours, equipment, procedures, and personnel. A Level I facility, the highest distinction, is a 24 hour acute care facility with the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergent and critical patient care.

We met specific requirements to qualify, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnosing and managing cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, gastrointestinal, urogenital, neurologic, environmental, hematologic, hemorrhagic, toxicologic, and coagulopathic emergencies
  • Providing ongoing resources and continuing education for all technical and veterinary staff
  • Having a board-certified emergency and critical care specialist on duty every day
  • Providing blood transfusion therapy, so that life-threatening bleeding or clotting problems can be rapidly treated
  • Performing emergency surgery 24/7, allowing problems like traumatic wounds, bleeding tumors, and difficult labor to be rapidly addressed
  • Offering multimodal pain management for ill and injured patients, to minimize suffering

The purpose of this certification is to publicly recognize those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS. By doing so, VECCS hopes to raise the standard of care while increasing public and professional awareness. Detailed information about requirements for each Certification Level can be found at

For more about any of our ER/CC services, please do not hesitate to contact any of our facilities.