We are a Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society Level III Certified Facility

The University of Florida’s Pet Emergency Treatment Services facility in Ocala has been certified as a Level 3 veterinary emergency and critical care facility by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, becoming the state’s only facility to hold the designation.

The VECCS has identified a Level III facility as an acute care facility with the medical staff, personnel and training necessary to provide emergent and critical patient care.  UF PETS in Ocala is open to receive small animal emergency patients on nights, weekends, and holidays, 365 days a year.

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.

UF PETS has been open since 2012.

For more information in regards to the certification requirements for a Level III facility, please refer to the VECCS website at www.veccs.org 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.

For after-hours animal emergencies, please call UF PETS in Ocala at (352) 512-0886.

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