Intensive Care Unit

Veterinary Intensive Care Unit in Toronto

Animal Health Partners DAWN CRANDELL

Dawn Crandell, DVM, DVSc, DACVECC

Co-Head of Service
Intensive Care Unit
  • Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Ontario Veterinary College Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Guelph, ON)
  • 1-year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PEI)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • Animal Health Partners JUDY BROWN

    Judy Brown, DVM, MSc, DACVECC

    Co-Head of Service
    Intensive Care Unit
  • Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC)
  • Masters of Science (MSc) from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Ontario Veterinary College Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • 1-year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Animal Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
  • Animal Health Partners MICHELLE COADY

    Michelle Coady, DVM, DACVECC

    Veterinary Specialist
    Intensive Care Unit
  • Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care, Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from St. Matthew's University School of Veterinary Medicine (with clinical training at the University of Minnesota)
  • 3-year Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1-year Small Animal Rotating Internship at Western Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Centre (Calgary, AB)
  • Animal Health Partners ALICE BENNETT

    Alice Bennett, BVSc, DACVECC

    Veterinary Specialist
    Intensive Care Unit
  • Specialist in Emergency & Critical Care, Diplomate of the American College of Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Most recently an Assistant Professor in Emergency and Critical Care at University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • 3-year Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
  • 2-year Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, Werribee, Australia
  • Critical Care Services

    • Life-saving interventions, monitoring and therapy for the critically ill pet
    • Diagnosis, monitoring and management of shock and hypotension
    • Treatment of severe acute respiratory emergencies requiring:
      • Oxygen supplementation
      • High flow nasal oxygen therapy
      • Mechanical ventilation
    • Acute treatment of cardiac emergencies including congestive heart failure and arrhythmias
    • Stabilization of pets with severe trauma
    • Administration of blood products for pets with anemia or coagulopathies
    • Initial treatment and control of neurologic emergencies including seizures
    • Diagnosis and therapy for toxicities
    • Correction of severe electrolyte disturbances
    • Intensive management of acute kidney injury
    • Treatment of environmental emergencies including heat stroke and hypothermia
    • Use of cage-side ultrasound to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis of emergent patients

    Intensive Care Unit 1

    Common reasons for consultation

    • Diagnosis and management of unstable or critically ill pet of any cause
    • Sepsis
    • Shock
    • Respiratory emergencies
    • Cardiac emergencies
    • Life-threatening electrolyte disturbances
    • Coagulopathies
    • Acute anemia
    • Endocrine emergencies (Addison’s disease, diabetic ketoacidosis)
    • Neurological emergencies
    • Environmental emergencies (Heatstroke; Hypothermia)

    Strengths of the Service

    • ‘The heart of the hospital’, providing essential support to patients from all services.
    • Overseen by three board-certified diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
    • Individuals with these credentials are required to undertake a rigorous 3-year residency program in emergency and critical care in addition to their standard veterinary training.
    • Staffed by two ICU-trained registered veterinary technicians 24 hours/day
      Ability to provide mechanical ventilation and high flow nasal oxygen with state-of-the-art equipment
    • Portable ultrasound unit to implement ‘FAST scans’ in diagnosis and management of critically ill pet
    • Close collaboration and transparent communication with our other specialty service clinicians ensures best quality patient care
    • Direct support to the emergency service
    • Clear and timely communication with pet owners and referring veterinarians
    • All team members trained in techniques to reduce patient stress and fear, alleviate pain and provide conscientious nursing care