Your emergency visit to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the Equine and Farm Animal Hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway. Frequently, a technician will be waiting for you at the front door. If not, pick up the yellow phone on the right side on the door to notify a technician that you have arrived.
An emergency veterinarian will check your animal immediately to make sure that it is stable. Then veterinary residents and students will move your animal into the building, weigh the animal and bring it to an examination room or stall to begin evaluation. At the same time, a technician and a student will ask you questions about the animal's medical history and current condition. Usually, our team of veterinarians and technicians begin working to stabilize your animal immediately.
Once we make an initial diagnosis, our board-certified faculty veterinarian and resident will discuss the findings - including cost estimates and prognoses - and develop a plan for further diagnosis and treatment of your animal.
Some patients will require emergency surgery, which typically lasts from two to six hours. If your animal requires surgery, you can wait in our surgical waiting room or provide us with a phone number where we can contact you with surgical updates. Once the surgery is completed, we will speak to you in person or call you with information about your animal's condition and prognosis.
For other patients, our emergency care specialists will stabilize the animal and then request a consultation from another specialty service.
Patients with serious conditions will be admitted to the hospital immediately. Patients with conditions that do not require hospitalization will be discharged after treatment with detailed written instructions and a summary of the exam findings.