As the region’s 24-hour resource for pet emergencies and go-to veterinary specialty center, Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory had a bustling year. Our 40-member team of veterinarians and support staff provided round-the-clock coverage that treated more than 8,500 patients in 2017.

Those treatments included:

  • 68 blood transfusions
  • 3100 hours of oxygen cage therapy
  • 5000 liters of fluids

What’s more, 1100 hours of anesthesia were given for procedures that ranged from lacerations to complex abdominal surgeries and neurosurgery. One of the few North Carolina providers of iodine therapy for the treatment of hyperthroidism in cats, the Cures for Cats Thyroid Treatment Center cured 54 cats of hyperthyroidism this year.

Hospital Administrator Mike Bridges reports, “Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory takes great pride in the superb care we provide for pets in the greater Hickory area. In 2017, we were also able to offer quality educational events for North Carolina veterinarians and veterinary technicians. We awarded a total 1,713 NCVMB-approved continuing education hours this year and are preparing for a great deal more in 2018.”

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