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Cheryl Braswell

Cheryl Braswell
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Cheryl Braswell

At a Glance

Specialties Include:

Emergency and Critical Care
Veterinary Hyperbaric Technologist

Dr. Braswell has been practicing veterinary medicine for 36 years, graduating from the University of Georgia in 1979. She originally started her career as an associate small animal general practitioner. After 5 years she established her own business and continued in general practice for the next 17 years. Having retired from general practice in 2005, she pursued a residency in small animal emergency and critical care. In addition to her Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2012), Dr. Braswell is also a Certified Veterinary Hyperbaric Technologist (2013) and is currently seeking certification in veterinary pain management.

Dr. Braswell served as a Clinical Associate Professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University in Pomona, California before moving back to the Tennessee area in 2015. She especially enjoys teaching in the clinical setting, routinely supervising externs and interns. Most recently, Dr. Braswell has developed a sincere passion for care of veterinary patients with life-limiting diagnoses. She believes there is a place for palliative medicine and hospice care of veterinary patients seen in the emergent setting.

Dr. Braswell maintains active participation in the community. Historically, her focus has been on providing wellness care for pets of the homeless as well as contributing support of the care of animals in local shelters. She enjoys gardening, performance competition with her canine companion and family. She has two daughters, Kathryn, who has recently graduated and practices in the field of oriental medicine (human), and Veronica, who is completing her second year of veterinary school.
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Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency Medicine Department at VCA RIVER is a full-service ICU focused on providing evidence-based medicine at an advanced, critical care level. We utilize a number of employees with expansive knowledge, experience and licensure from our board certified emergency and critical care veterinarians to our licensed technicians.

Our emergency department currently has 3 specialists boarded in emergency and critical care and 5 full time emergency veterinarians. We also have over 12 licensed technicians, several in licensing programs, and 1 pursuing their specialty license in emergency and critical care.

VCA RIVER hosts a rotating veterinary internship for 1 year following graduation from veterinary school. Our 5-6 interns rotate through the emergency department and team up with our senior emergency veterinarians and specialists to provide 24-hour care for your pets.

Additionally we have a state-of-the-art facility with MRI, CT, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Endoscopy, Fluoroscopy, digital radiography, full service in-house Antech laboratory and two surgical suites. Because we are also a specialty practice, we are able to draw upon the knowledge and experience of our boarded specialists in other departments if needed to bring your pet the best possible care. We work together as a team to put your pet's treatment and care first.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

VCA Regional Institute for Vet Emergencies and Referrals

2132 Amnicola Highway

Chattanooga, TN 37406

Main: 423-698-4612

Fax: 423-622-8145

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Appt Hours:

Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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