Cornell University Veterinary Specialists 24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care

Pet Owner FAQ

  • What is a veterinary specialist?

Similar to human medicine, some veterinarians specialize in one particular medical discipline. In order to become specialists, these veterinarians undergo extensive post-doctorate training. This includes a one-year internship, three years of intensive residency training in their chosen field, demonstration of meaningful contributions to veterinary science, publication of research findings in journal articles, credential review, and completion of a rigorous, multi-day specialty board exam. These specialists are then referred to as diplomates of their specialty College. Our board-certified specialists are diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine, Cardiology, or Oncology), the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, the American Veterinary Dental College, and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  • Why does my pet need to see a veterinary specialist?

While your primary care veterinarian is trained to diagnose and treat many health problems, certain cases require additional specialized diagnostic testing, treatment or intensive care. Just as your family physician may refer you to a specialist, your veterinarian may feel that your pet could benefit from the expertise of a board-certified veterinary specialist.

  • Where can I find more information on the various veterinary specialties?

The following websites should be a good resource for each of our specialties. - Includes Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Oncology - Ophthalmology - Dentistry and Oral Surgery - Surgery - Emergency and Critical Care

  • How do I schedule a consultation with one of CUVS' veterinary specialists and what will I need for my appointment?

An appointment may be made by calling 203.595.2777. Whenever possible, we request a referral from your primary care veterinarian.

For your initial visit to CUVS, please arrive approximately fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment, to allow time to complete some paperwork. You may also complete these registration forms online ahead of time.

So that we can best serve you and your pet, it is important that we receive copies of your pet's medical records, radiographs, bloodwork and any other test results prior to your appointment. The initial visit usually takes between one and three hours.

You may be asked to fast your pet the day of his/her appointment (withhold food; water is permitted). Providing detailed information to our staff when scheduling your visit will help us determine whether fasting will be required, as it is not recommended for all patients. If your cat or dog is on any medications please bring the medication with you to the appointment. All of this allows for a thorough and complete consultation with the specialist/s.

  • What if I cannot make my appointment?

If you are unable to make your appointment and need to cancel or reschedule, please call us as soon as possible so that we may assist another pet in your place. If you are calling after specialty hours, please be sure to leave a message on the main line to cancel/reschedule your appointment. If you need to reschedule, a Client Service Coordinator will return your call in the morning to offer you and your pet a consultation at another time.

  • What if my pet is ill or injured and my regular veterinarian's office is closed?

Our Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and staffed with experienced and compassionate veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Bring your pet in, or call us at 203.595.2777. We are here to help.

  • Will my primary care veterinarian be updated after my pet's visit to CUVS?

Absolutely. We believe in partnering closely with your regular veterinarian. Not only will your pet's primary care doctor be completely informed following your consultation, but in many cases, he or she will be actively involved in follow-up care. Your veterinarian will receive complete reports from us, and will also have internet access to your pet's records and test results. We believe that collaboration and quality communication between veterinarians and owners improves the overall care and lifespan of dogs and cats.


Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
880 Canal Street
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone 203.595.2777   Fax 203.595.2778


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Emergency Hours

24 Hours a day, 7 days a week

Emergency & Critical Care Information

Specialty Hours

Monday - Friday

9am to 6pm

Weekend hours available by special appointment