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Christopher Byers

Christopher Byers Staff Photo 2021
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency Care
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Christopher Byers Staff Photo 2021

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:

Small Animal Internal Medicine
Emergency & Critical Care

Specialties Include:


Dr. Christopher G. Byers is a practicing board-certified veterinary emergency & critical care and small animal internal medicine specialist. He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University and his DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Byers’ professional passions are mentoring and coaching veterinary students and colleagues in the areas of emergency & critical care, internal medicine, and communication skills. To that effect, he’s been privileged to travel around the globe, partnering with veterinary professionals dedicated to advancing animal health. Dr. Byers publishes a weekly blog called CriticalCareDVM.com. The goals of this passion project are to educate pet parents and promote the triad of care between pet owner, primary care doctor, and board-certified veterinary specialist.
Papers Authored & Assocations
Papers Authored
Dr. Byers is the Co-Editor of the textbook, Feline Emergency & Critical Care.  He has also authored multiple book chapters in veterinary reference textbooks, and has published numerous scientific articles in various peer-reviewed veterinary journals.
Professional Associations
Veterinarian Member, Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

At-Large Member, Nebraska Academy of Veterinary Medicine

Member,Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association

Member, American Veterinary Medical Association

Member, AVMA Veterinary Specialty Organizations Committee

Member, AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Critical Care
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Emergency Care

We hope pets never experience a healthcare emergency or require critical care. Yet, inevitably, we know they will! Our team of experienced emergency doctors and board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialists are ready to help your pets in their time of need. A board-certified veterinary emergency & critical care specialist is a veterinarian who completed an internship and residency (an additional 3-5 years of training after graduation from veterinary school) and passed a rigorous examination to achieve board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). These doctors have a deeper understanding of life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Shock
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Respiratory distress
  • Poisonings
  • Seizures
  • Diabetic crises
  • Acute organ failure

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object, drug, poison or unknown substance
  • Bleeding or unexplained bruising
  • Blood in vomit, feces, and/or urine
  • Severe vomiting, retching, and/or diarrhea
  • Swollen, hard, and/or painful abdomen
  • Serious wound
  • Broken limb(s)
  • Any injury to the eyes
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Prolonged heat exposure, overheating, or heat stroke
  • Snake bite

Our hospital offers 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets. Just as in human hospitals, we have a dedicated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, advanced imaging (i.e.: ultrasonography, CT scans), blood transfusions, and nutritional support. To help ensure pets receive the best possible healthcare, our emergency and critical care doctors communicate extensively with family veterinarians to ensure your pet’s primary care team always knows what’s going on regarding your pet’s medical progress.

Our Emergency Care Team

Lead Emergency Veterinarian
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Veterinary Specialist - Emergency
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VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

9706 Mockingbird Drive

Omaha, NE 68127

Main: 402-614-9000

Fax: 310-442-4429

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Hospital Hours:

- Call for appointment availability
Internal Medicine
- MON-FRI: 8:00am-5:00pm
- TUES-FRI: 8:00am-5:00pm
- MON-THUR: 8:00am-5:00pm

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