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PVSEC Accepts Certification as Level I Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility

May 9, 2017

PVSEC Accepts Certification as a Level I Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility.







Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) was recently certified as a Level I veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.


The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) is now offering a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care.  The purpose of this certification is to recognize those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS.  VECCS does this in the hopes of raising the standard of care while also increasing public and professional awareness in the area of veterinary emergency and critical patient care.

This certification program identifies three levels (I through III) based on facility operating hours, equipment and personnel. 



Director of Critical Care Services at PVSEC, Dr. Christine Guenther, said that “This certification furthers PVSEC's mission to be the foremost provider of specialty veterinary medicine in the region.  Our team of ACVECC boarded critical care specialists, emergency doctors, VTS and CVT technicians, and veterinary assistants provide the knowledge base and expertise to deliver the highest quality emergency and critical care medicine to pets in need.  Along with our customer service representatives and administrative support staff, our ECC team has been instrumental in developing our hospital to meet the vigorous requirements for Level I certification. Our emergency and critical care team is further supported by over 50 doctors, the majority of which are board certified specialists, allowing PVSEC to provide cutting edge diagnostics and treatment to our patients.”


The ECC service has three board certified Critical Care specialists, ten emergency doctors, and four doctors that are completing their residencies in Emergency and Critical Care.   They also have veterinary technician specialists (VTS) in ECC and anesthesia ,and a team of over 50 CVT’s, veterinary assistants, treatment technicians, and kennel assistants.


The team is overseen by Kenton Rexford, VMD and Christine Guenther, DVM, DACVECC. PVSEC provides high quality emergency and critical care, including hospitalization in their state of the art ICU, ventilator and high flow oxygen therapy, transfusion medicine, advanced monitoring, nutrition management, post operative surgical care as well as a range of other therapies. Should your pet require additional evaluation, PVSEC offers access to specialists that are on site in several  other fields including anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology, radiology, rehabilitation, and surgery. PVSEC is open 24/7/365 including weekends and holidays. 


Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) is located at 807 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA.  They will also be opening a second location at 1535 Washington Road, Washington, PA this summer. For more information about PVSEC, visit their website at


For more information in regards to the certification requirements for a Level I facility, please refer to the VECCS website at under the Facility Certification tab.

(The VECCS is an international, professional society of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and managers dedicated to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care)


PVSEC Anesthesiologist Dr. Dianna Ovbey Receives Langley Prize

March 17, 2015

Anesthesiologist Dr. Dianna Ovbey travelled to Spain to be presented with the Langley Prize on
March 13, 2015 for her paper on aspiration pneumonia related to antesthesia.  Congratulations, Dr. Ovbey!

Dr. Todd Erfourth (PVSEC Oncology) Contributes Article to Pittsburgh PetConnections

December 15, 2014

Dr. Todd Erfourth of the PVSEC Oncology service recently contributed an article to the Pittsburgh Pet Connections magazine on osteosarcoma.  Click here to read "Bone Cancer in Our Pets: Recognizing When Lameness Goes Beyond an Injury"

Dr. Pardo is honored at the Humane Society's Best Friends Ball this weekend

October 13, 2014

Amy and Dr. Anthony Pardo Dr. Anthony Pardo, founding partner of PVSEC's Surgery Department and Western PA Humane Society board 
member was honored at this weekend's Best Friends Ball.

Dr. John Payne Interviewed for KDKA News Segment on Pet Insurance

July 15, 2014

Dr. John Payne, of the PVSEC Surgery service was interviewed for the KDKA News segment on Pet Insurance Tuesday, July 14, 2014.
Check out the video here.

PVSEC Hospital Administrator and Founding Partner Interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times

January 23, 2014

PVSEC hospital administrator, Ken Spokane, and founding partner and surgeon Dr. John Payne, were recently interviewed by Pittsburgh Business Times regarding the hospital's expansion at its 807 Camp Horne Road multispecialty and emergency center.


View the article here:


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