Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory receives VECCS accreditation




The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) accredits veterinary facilities that show they have the skill, experience, and equipment to provide advanced emergency care, intensive care, and diagnostics for critically ill pets. VECCS accreditation holds veterinary hospitals to a higher standard and raises the standard of care for pets in need of life-saving care.

Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory is excited to announce that the VECCS has granted us accreditation as a Level II emergency and critical care hospital! This level of achievement is uncommon among veterinary practices and indicative of the quality of resources and level of care offered at Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory’s animal emergency and critical care department.

There are only a handful of hospitals throughout the country with this achievement and Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory is proud to be one of them.

“We are the only VECCS-certified center in Western North Carolina, with board-certified specialists at the helm of our emergency and critical care, dermatology, internal medicine, and surgery services,” said Sharon Finster, DVM, DACVECC, director of emergency and critical care services at VRHOH.

VECCS identifies a Level II center as a 24-hour acute emergency and critical care facility with the medical staff, personnel, and training necessary to provide advanced care and state-of-the-art diagnostics for your pets.

Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory is proud of the continued expansion of our specialty team and the state-of-the-art tools and services we are able to offer clients and their beloved pets, including computed tomography, minimally-invasive surgery options, a Cures for Cats thyroid treatment center, and much more. These exceptional tools, in the hands of an extraordinarily capable team, mean pet owners can access a depth and breadth of quality veterinary care right here in western North Carolina. Our 24-hour veterinary emergency room, led by criticalist Sharon Finster, sees thousands of patients each year.

Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory is open to receive companion animal emergency and critical care patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  If your pet is in need of specialty care, Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory is your best choice. See all of our services here, or call us at 828-328-6697.

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