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Colette Spillane

DVM
Colette Spillane Staff Photo 2020
Associate Veterinarian- Emergency Medicine
Emergency & Critical Care
Colette Spillane Staff Photo 2020
Dr. Colette Spillane was born and raised in Pittsburgh and is thrilled to be back in the area working as a veterinarian! One of her favorite things as a child was traveling to Ireland every summer to visit her grandmother and spend time on the family farm. It was there she discovered her love for animals, her compassion towards them, and the bond that humans have with our beloved pets.

Dr. Spillane attended Virginia Tech where she received her B.S. in both Animal and Poultry Science and Biological Sciences. She then continued her education in Blacksburg at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Medicine (DVM). Dr. Spillane is excited to join the outstanding team at VCA Northview!

In her free time, Dr. Spillane enjoys spending time with her tight-knit family, traveling, hiking, coffee, everything sweet, and just about anything that has to do with her rescue dog, Rose.
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Emergency & Critical Care

What Is An Emergency and Critical Care Specialist?

A board certified specialist in emergency and critical care is a veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in treating life-threatening conditions.

An emergency and critical care specialist can help in the following kinds of cases, among others:

  • Traumatic injury (including fractures, bite wounds, burns, lacerations)
  • Respiratory emergencies (including cases in which the use of ventilators is needed) Animals in need of blood transfusions Animals that are in shock
  • Animals with life threatening neurologic disease, such as coma or severe seizures

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems and handle many routine emergencies, certain situations may require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in handling emergency and critical care for your pet. An emergency and critical care specialist typically works in tandem with your general practitioner veterinarian on a referral basis, as well as with any other needed specialists, until the emergency is resolved.

How Can I Find A Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care for My Pet?

If your veterinarian does not handle after hours emergencies, then he or she probably already has a referral relationship in place with a local or regional emergency hospital. You can also look for emergency specialists in your area on the the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) website. In addition, you can also check with any veterinary schools in your area to see if they have a fully staffed and equipped emergency room. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when and where to refer you and your pet for emergency or critical care is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem.

When Does My Pet Need Emergency Care?

Any of the following situations can be considered an emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion of a foreign object or unknown substance
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the feces or urine
  • Swollen, hard abdomen that is painful to the touch
  • Serious wound
  • Suspected broken limb
  • Any injury to the eye
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Inability to move or sudden weakness
  • Unusual or erratic behavior
  • Signs of extreme pain, such as whining or shaking
  • Straining to urinate (especially a male cat)
  • Labor that does not progress
  • Signs of heatstroke

What Is Critical Care?

While an emergency is unfolding, or throughout recovery from a serious illness or accident, ongoing diagnostic and therapeutic care and constant monitoring of your pet's condition may be required. Many emergency and critical care facilities offer 24-hour supervision of critically ill pets and, just as in human hospitals, may have dedicated Intensive Care and Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU). Such facilities are equipped to provide oxygen therapy, cardiac monitoring, blood transfusions, and nutritional support. Such facilities also typically have advanced diagnostic capabilities onsite, such as ultrasound and echocardiography.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Many emergency hospitals work on a referral basis with general practitioners. In some cases, your pet will only be referred to the emergency service for after hours care. In other cases, your pet may be in the care of the emergency and critical care specialist for the duration of the emergency and recovery, but then referred back to your general practitioner veterinarian for follow up and routine care.

Did You Know?

There are more than 125 board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialists in the U.S. today and it is the fastest growing specialty in the profession.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

Associate Veterinarian- Emergency Medicine
VCA Northview Animal Hospital Specialty Referral Center

223 Siebert Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Main: 412-364-5353

Fax: 412-364-5374

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Sun: Temporarily Closed

Other Hours:

Urgent care and emergency services available for VCA Northview clients daily. Please call ahead for emergency service availability.

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