MedVet Chicago joins an elite group as the eighth hospital internationally to be certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Board of Regents and Veterinary Committee on Trauma (VetCOT) as an official Level I Veterinary Trauma Center (VTC) and the only Level 1 VTC in Chicago.

Hospitals receiving this unique distinction undergo an intensive application and verification process that requires the availability of board-certified specialists for consultation seven days per week in the fields of emergency and critical care, and trauma related specialties; a team based approach to trauma care; and a demonstrated commitment to continual process improvement, education enhancement, and internal (between specialty groups) and external (between trauma centers) collaborations. Additionally, a Level 1 VTC is required to maintain a Level 1 Emergency Facility VECCS certification and accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to delivering exceptional service and care to our Patients, Clients, and Referral Partners,” said Michael Podell, Senior Medical Officer, MedVet. “Our team of well-qualified, experienced, and compassionate Critical Care and Emergency Medicine doctors, board-certified Specialists, and expertly-trained technicians and assistants work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

A Level I VTC can provide total care for every aspect of the management of the small animal trauma patient from emergency stabilization through definitive medical and surgical care and rehabilitation. Such services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a Level I VTC MedVet also provides leadership in education, training veterinarians and veterinary technicians. MedVet also actively contributes over 10% of cases to the national trauma registry and is actively engaged in the advancement of research in veterinary trauma care.

Learn more information about the Emergency and Specialty Services available at MedVet. For more information about VECCS Certification and VetCOT, visit

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