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Josh Smith

DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Smith
Veterinary Specialist
Emergency & Critical Care
Dr. Smith

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2012

Board Certified:

Emergency & Critical Care

Specialties Include:

Point of care ultrasound
Lung ultrasound
(Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Echocardiogram guided life support
(Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Ultrasound in diagnosis of intracranial hypertension
Fluid resuscitation physiology
Strong ion acid base
Acute kidney injury management

My Pets:

Ethel & Jedediah- Labrador Retrievers
Emperor Tau,  Commander Chainsaw, Admiral Machete - Persians

Education:
BSc (Hons) in Organometallic Chemistry, University of Prince Edward Island, 2006
DVM, Atlantic Veterinary College, 2011

Internship:
Small animal rotating internship, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Atlanta GA, 2011-2012
Emergency and Critical Care internship, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2012-2013

Residency:
Small animal Emergency and Critical Care residency, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, 2013-2016

Academic interests:
Point of care ultrasound
Lung ultrasound (Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Echocardiogram guided life support (Instructor at Cornell University's Cardiopulmonary bootcamp)
Ultrasound in diagnosis of intracranial hypertension
Fluid resuscitation physiology
Strong ion acid base
Acute kidney injury management

Recent publications:
Smith, J., Goggs, R. (2018) Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. In Textbook of Small Animal Emergency Medicine (pp. 1019-1029)
Transpalpebral ultrasonographic measurement of the optic nerve sheath diameter in healthy dogs. Smith JJ, Fletcher DJ, Cooley SD, Thompson MS. J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2018 Jan;28(1):31-38

Biography:
Growing up in rural New Brunswick Canada on a small hobby farm, Dr. Smith always knew that he would care for animals. He was drawn to emergency and critical care medicine due to the complexity of critically ill animals and the need for rapid decision making and diagnoses. Dr. Smith's time is dedicated to caring for critically ill animals in the intensive care unit, stabilization of shocked patients presenting through the emergency department, and advanced imaging at VCA VES/VSC.

In his free time Josh enjoys staying in shape by lifting heavy weights and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu/submission grappling. Growing up in the Canadian wilderness he developed an enjoyment of the outdoors. hiking and hunting. With the love and patience of his two young Labradors, Ethel and Jedediah, he has developed a passion to train and hunt for upland birds. He and his family also share their home with three Persian cats: Tau, Chainsaw and Machete.

Papers Authored
Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Authored: Smith, J., Goggs, R
Published: In Textbook of Small Animal Emergency Medicine (pp. 1019-1029)

Transpalpebral Ultrasonographic Measurement of the Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter in Healthy Dogs

Objective: To develop a reference range for ultrasonographically measured optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD-US) in dogs. We hypothesized that ONSD-US can be measured reliably and is associated with weight but not age, sex, or body condition score (BCS), and that the relationship between weight and ONSD-US in dogs is allometric due to canine size variations.
Authored:
 Smith JJ, Fletcher DJ, Cooley SD, Thompson MS
Published: J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2018 Jan;28(1):31-38

Emergency & Critical Care

Whether a patient is admitted for hospitalization through our emergency room or is receiving care through one of our specialty departments, our critical care staff is available to evaluate the care plan for patients facing serious conditions. Led by two board-certified criticalists, Dr. Tom Day and Dr. Josh Smith, our critical care staff works out of our emergency room and is often employed for high risk procedures. They help to provide the highest level of care available to our critically injured or ill patients. In addition to emergency and critical care, Dr. Tom Day is also board-certified in anesthesia and analgesia.

What constitutes an "Emergency"?

In any situation or case that occurs when your regular veterinarian is unable to see you. This could be a result of your clinic being closed, lack of an open appointment, or due to the severity and complicated nature of the medical issues of your pet.

Examples:

If your pet has been involved in a life threatening accident such as:

  • Hit by a car
  • Long distance fall
  • Massive Bleeding from a wound

If your pet is experiencing a sudden illness such as:
  • Collapse
  • Seizure
  • Poison ingestion
  • Respiratory distress

If your regular veterinarian has already treated you during the day but now it is the middle of the night and the situation has gotten worse.
  • Surgical complications
  • Vaccine reactions
  • Wound care

How do you get an appointment?

Regular veterinarians refer most of our patients to Veterinary Emergency Service & Veterinary Specialty Center. However, you do not need a "referral" to schedule an appointment or bring your pet to VES/VSC.

To better serve you, we ask that you call us in advance. This allows our staff to prepare for your pet's specific medical issues. However, we realize that sometimes there is not time to call. In these cases we welcome walk-ins. Both our Middleton & Madison locations are fully staffed 24/7 and equipped to treat all of your pet's initial needs and to monitor their condition throughout the night. Our Janesville location is available weeknights and 24/7 over the weekend.

Special Note: If there has been toxin ingestion, please bring the product and its container with you to our clinic. We will also need to know how long it's been since ingestion.

What happens when I get there?

You will be greeted by a staff member who will verify your information and will perform an initial assessment to determine whether or not your pet is stable. Patients are treated in order of severity, and pets determined to be in stable condition may remain with their owner until a veterinarian is available. Patients who need urgent care will be moved immediately to the treatment area for further evaluation and care. To allow maximum safety and efficiency in providing care to critically ill or injured pets, the treatment area is restricted to employees only. During this time a trained member of our triage staff will meet with you to obtain your pet's history. Your pet will then be examined by one of our emergency room veterinarians or a critical care specialists depending on their condition. Based on that examination, our veterinarian will propose a treatment plan and will provide you with an estimated cost of care.

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VCA Veterinary Emergency Service & Veterinary Specialty Center

4902 East Broadway

Madison, WI 53716

Main: 608-222-2455

Fax: 608-467-6014

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Specialty Services Hours:

Our Specialty Services Hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Wednesday

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