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Veterinary hospitals continue to see an unprecedented level of emergency cases. While our emergency service is currently open and operating, we may need to change to “diversion status” at any time. We ask that you call us at 561-434-5700 prior to coming to our hospital to ensure that we will be able to offer you the high standards of service that you have come to expect. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
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A. Tara Amburgy

DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Amburgy grew up in Lebanon, OH and completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, where she graduated with honors and research distinction with a degree in Anthropology. She received her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Amburgy completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY before coming to PBVS.

During her free time, Dr. Amburgy enjoys cheering for her favorite Ohio sports teams and spending time with friends and family. She currently lives in Jupiter with her husband and their Miniature Schnauzer, Winnie and cat, Scarlet. Go Bucks!
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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

Staff Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Staff 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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