Cornell University


Clinical Service Overview

Service: VTMED 5611 Clinical Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (Small Animal)
Reporting Time (for first day of rotation): General orientation to the rotation will begin at 8:15am with Shannon House or other ECC staff in the Emergency Room. Students are also required to attend: a) The CAH Scheduling/Admissions/Discharge Operations orientation (unless they have already been oriented on Medicine or SA Surgery previously) from 7:30am-8:00am the first day of each rotation block; and b) Radiology orientation from 8am-8:15am (unless they have already had radiology)
Reporting Location: 1) Emergency Room, Companion Animal Hospital (C2-122 Vet Medical Center).
2) Marcy Benda in Hospital Operations (C2-209 Vet Medical Center). Pick up assigned pager at the start of the rotation.
Service Hours: Varied. A mix of day (7AM-7PM) and swing (noon-midnight) shifts.
Service Phone Number: 253-3060 (main line)
Advance Reading (or Video Review) Required: Please review the “Small Animal Emergency Duty Orientation for Students” provided in the online Clinical Orientation manual.
Be familiar with Telephone Triage concepts.
Read the ECC Student Rotation Notes at the course website for VTMED5611 and the ECC Grading Rubric handouts prior to starting the rotation.
Section Chief: Dr. Gretchen Schoeffler
Faculty Members: Dr. Daniel Fletcher, Dr. Robert Goggs, Dr. Gretchen Schoeffler
Residents: Dr. April Blong, Dr. Jillian DiFazio, Dr. Clare Hyatt, Dr. Valerie Madden, Dr. Josh Smith
Interns: Dr. Danielle Boes, Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki, Dr. Elizabeth Leach, Dr. Melanie Puchot, Dr. Sarah Sykes, Dr. Blake Travis, Dr. Courtney Wilson, Dr. Katherine Zseltvay
Technical and Support Staff: Andrea Battaglia, LVT (Section Supervisor), Carol Frederick (LVT), Shannon House (LVT), Kathleen Hulle (LVT), Bryonna Albrecht (LVT), Amanda Atkinson, LVT
Emergency Duty Roster: Your schedule will be sent electronically, at least one week before the rotation. Students are on-call on all days off.
Individual Preparing Emergency Duty Roster: See additional comments below
Special Clothing Needed: Professional Attire. Scrubs are OK, +/- a white lab coat
Instruments or Special Equipment Needed: Stethoscope, hemostats, bandage scissors, simple calculator, highlighter, penlight, pen, and notepad
Additional Comments: Technical and Support Staff: Emergency Receiving (ERT), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Intermedicate Care (INC) Unit Technicians and Emergency Student Assistants (ESA)

Familiarize yourselves with the concepts of triage, fluid therapy and the management of shock, prior to the start of the rotation.

We also ask that you familiarize yourself with the ER as soon as you arrive. Explore the room – including the drawers of the exam tables (needles, syringes, sterile gloves, etc…) and crash cart as well as the QATs station. You should also locate and be familiar with the operation of basic monitoring equipment such as ECG, pulse oximeter, non-invasive blood pressure monitors, and end tidal capnometry.
Questions, revisions and updates to the ‘Clinical Service Overview Sheet’ should be directed to Rosemary Adessa