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Alfred Tam

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Staff Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
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Dr. Tam was born and raised in San Mateo county, California. He pursued microbiology at University of California, San Diego where he competed in the IRA league for Men's rowing for two years while also working in a synthetic materials laboratory until his graduation. It was sometime here where he found his interest in veterinary medicine, when working under a local veterinarian. He, then, moved back to Northern California and while collecting more prerequisites for his vet school application, Dr. Tam coached for his old high school water polo team. Once entering Ross University in 2015, he moved to St. Kitts & Nevis where he started his DVM journey, finishing this journey in 2018 at Colorado State University. 

After graduation, Tam moved back to his hometown and practiced small animal general medicine for a while until moving to south Florida, joining the VCA team and starting his career in emergency medicine. When not at work, you may find Dr. Tam at the beach with his fiancé and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Pamela Colareta, surfing some waves, or at the local MMA gym practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. 

He and Dr. Colareta have three pets: Lady, a golden retriever, Hank, a boxer mix, and William (or Billy), their indoor cat. 
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Emergency & Critical Care

Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, the Emergency and Critical Care team is equipped to handle your pet's urgent care needs. Our well trained, experienced staff are on handto evaluate each case on an individual basis and provide a unique treatment plan based on the needs of each patient. In cases requiring more intensive care, our team works with our board certified Criticalist and in-house specialists to offer superior case management. 

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 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.

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
Staff Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Managing Director of Patient Services
VCA Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists

3884 Forest Hill Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Main: 561-434-5700

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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