Anusha Balakrishnan


Anusha Balakrishnan, BVSc, DACVECC

Staff Criticalist, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists 
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Specialty Certification

American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Dr. Balakrishnan earned her veterinary degree in India, then moved to the US to further her training. Following a small animal rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. She then served as faculty in the Emergency and Critical Care Service at the Ohio State University for two years prior to joining CUVS in 2016. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 

Dr. Balakrishnan has outstanding training in both emergency care and in managing critical patients. Her clinical and research interests include a special focus on respiratory critical care, particularly ARDS. She has lectured and published in this field, and continues to study various ways to assess oxygenation in this population of critically ill animals. She is also extremely interested in the management of septic shock in dogs and cats. Dr. Balakrishnan strongly believes in being able to offer and provide state-of-the-art management for critically ill pets while always keeping in mind the quality of life of the pet and goals of the family. She brings a combination of extraordinary competence and compassion to every interaction.

Professional Interests
  • Respiratory disease
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Septic shock
  • Polytrauma

Specialty Services

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CUVS is certified by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) as the highest level facility in veterinary trauma, emergency and critical care. We have 3 board-certified critical care specialists and 24/7 state-of-the-art Emergency and ICU care.

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