LEVITTOWN, Penn. – Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown has been named a National Trauma Center, which puts it in an elite group of veterinary hospitals.
“This is exciting, because it shows we stand out as one of the leaders in the country for emergency and critical care,” said Dr. Garret Pachtinger, a veterinarian who is board-certified in emergency and critical care, and director of VSEC’s Trauma Medical Center.
The distinction is only open to veterinary hospitals that have achieved an exceptional level of care, but there’s another important aspect of being named a Trauma Center. Such hospitals study trauma patients so trends can be evaluated, improving the veterinary profession as a whole.
“Our goal here is not only to provide great care for our patients, but also to contribute to the greater good and future of veterinary medicine,” Pachtinger said.
VSEC’s Levittown hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with veterinarians always on duty to handle emergencies. It is a BluePearl hospital.
The hospital also is known for specialty medical care, with veterinarians who have taken years of advanced training to become certified as specialists in surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, dentistry, dermatology, cardiology, oncology and other veterinary fields.
These specialties are an important part of treating dogs and cats who have suffered trauma, which can include pets injured in car accidents, dog bites, falls from heights, and other injuries. The veterinary specialists and emergency room doctors often collaborate at VSEC to provide the best possible patient care.
VSEC has hospitals in Levittown and Philadelphia and plans to open another in Conshohocken later this year. VSEC employs six veterinarians who are board-certified in emergency and critical care, including Pachtinger.