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What to Expect at Your Visit

When You Arrive​:

  1. ​Please let the small animal reception staff know you have arrived right away.
  2. If your pet has a suspected infectious disease, please pull your car into the circle drive at the front door so you can come in and let reception know you are here without your pet. They will check you in and send a staff member to meet you and direct you where to go.
  3. The receptionist will page the Emergency Care staff and a technician and/or student will greet you immediately and perform a triage exam. We organize the order of care based upon the severity of illness. At this point, you will be given a wait time estimate to meet your pet’s clinician.
  4. If your pet is stable:
    • You will proceed to an exam room where the student will do an initial physical exam and get a full medical history. You will be asked to sign forms to give consent for treatment.
    • A DVM student and your pet will then proceed to the treatment area and this information will be presented to a clinician who will then become involved in caring of your pet and do a full physical exam. Emergency Care clinicians are supported by and receive guidance from emergency/critical care residents and faculty on all cases.
    • Once your pet has been assessed, you will be presented with a medical plan and fee estimate to discuss with your Emergency Care clinician in order to determine the best care options for your pet.
  5. If your pet is determined to be severely ill or unstable:
    • An Emergency Care staff will transfer your pet to the emergency treatment area where medical evaluation and care can begin immediately.
    • A team member will stay with you to get a brief medical history, and you will be asked to sign three to four forms giving consent for treatment.
    • You will be updated you as often as possible on the progress of your pets care and as the stabilization estimate is reached.
    • Once your pet has been assessed, you will be presented with a medical plan and fee estimate to discuss with your Emergency Care clinician in order to determine the best care options for your pet.

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
(970) 297-5000

Fax:
(970) 297-1205


​​Emergency Call Ahead:
(970) 297-5000