Veterinary Emergency | 24/7

“We know that the connection to your pets lasts a lifetime.”

Emergency Team Members – Board Certified Criticalist Consults Available 24/7 days a week!


Michelle Griego-Valles, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC                                                                                                                          Cameron Henke, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC                                                                                                                                                Emily Cottam, Diplomate ACVECC
Brooke Hutt, DVM, Hospitalist
Danielle Wharton, DVM, Lead Emergency Clinician & Hospitalist
Farrah Arnowitz, DVM
Kelly Brally, DVM
Danielle DiLevo, DVM
Lauren Poniatowski, DVM
Amy Ostriech, DVM
Meri Rantakallio, DVM
Sarah Alward, DVM
Caroline Kramer, DVM
Ali Gaber, DVM
Elsa Le Bars, DVM
Jennifer Krawchuck, DVM
Diana Rice, DVM
Robert Eisemann, DVM
Jessica Reuter, DVM
Jennifer To, DVM
Jason Siegelheim, DVM
Lauren Gatanas, DVM
Catherine O’Donnell, DVM
Robert Vance, DVM
Keith Niesenbaum, DVM

Emergency Service Leadership 
Danielle Wharton, DVM, Lead Emergency Clinician & Hospitalist; Emily Kalle, LVT, Shift Lead; Kaitlyn Reilly, LVT, Shift Lead.

Veterinary Technicians
Jennifer Larson, LVT; Gregory S. Carastro, LVT; Brianna Barker, LVT; Candice Cannone, LVT; Kaleen Corbett, LVT; Brianna Curcio, LVT;  Kristina Galley, LVT; Emily Kalle, LVT;  Crystal Nardelli, LVT; Kaitlyn Doyle, LVT; Kimberly Rollins, LVT;  Jackie O’Brien, LVT; Candice Cannone, LVT; Haily Conroy, LVT; Amber Scruggs, LVT; Felicia Gilbert, LVT; Jillian Alaggio, LVT; Alejandro Zogbi, LVT eligible; Amanda Reinie, LVT eligible

Veterinary Assistants
Taryn DeRenzo, Ashley Chaves, Trina Clarke, Levonne Evans, Christina Fichera, Vanessa Figueroa, Dara Justiniano, Lauryn Kollmeier, Kelsey Lozier, Lori Mazzola, Charles Ojeda, Stephanie Pappias, Amelia Taylor, Gerard Walters, Robyn DeMott,  Natalie DeSousa, Arianna Bonanno, Karolina Nowakowska, Danielle Napoli, Carla Perez

Triage Assistants
Christina Fichera

Veterinary Emergency Services Overview
The emergency and critical care department of the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island is directly available to clients, or via veterinary referral, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. A dedicated and experienced team of emergency and critical care veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and support staff is always available. In addition, our extensive team of board-certified specialists supplements this service 24 hours a day.

At the Veterinary Medical Center we strive to treat patients with the utmost care, while addressing the particular needs of their owners. In emergencies, our goal is to assist pet owners in making the best decisions for their animals. All diagnostic and treatment options are clearly and concisely discussed with each client. Prior to any treatment, an estimate of potential fees is provided. We also stay in contact with the family veterinarian, who manages the long-term relationship with these pets and their owners. At the Veterinary Medical Center our staff, family veterinarians, and pet owners are all equal parts of a veterinary team.

Our emergency department includes a centralized 24-hour intensive care unit (ICU) continuously monitored by emergency veterinarians and Licensed technicians. The ICU routinely performs electrocardiography, manometry (blood pressure), and pulse oximetry (blood oxygen saturation). Diagnostic information is quickly available with our in-house laboratory, computed tomography (CT), and radiology equipment. Our ICU is also equipped with neonatal incubators and a highly visible Isolation area. We can also treat a wide variety of exotic pets including birds, reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, and rodents.

All patients treated by the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island’s emergency service are normally transferred back to their family veterinarian by the next business day. Exceptions include unstable patients, or those referred to specialty services.

Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Services

  • 24-hour monitoring by experienced emergency veterinarians and technicians
  • 24-hour emergency surgery by board-certified surgeons
  • Full service diagnostic laboratory for immediate results
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Blood pressure monitoring (manometry)
  • Cross–matching & blood transfusion medicine
  • Cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography)
  • Intravenous fluid therapy delivered by hospital-grade infusion pumps
  • Oxygen chambers and high flow nasal oxygen therapy
  • Pulse oximetry monitoring

Board-certified Specialists in:

  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Internal medicine (including ultrasonography and endoscopy)
  • Ophthalmology (including surgery)
  • Medical & Radiation Oncology
  • Cardiology

Fees & Payment

An examination fee is charged for all emergency visits. The costs of any additional testing and treatment cannot be fully determined prior to examination. Once an emergency doctor has examined your pet, you will be informed about your pet’s treatment options, plans and estimated costs. Please share your questions and concerns regarding costs with your doctor or technician before treatment starts. It’s important that our emergency medical team clearly understands your wishes before any course of treatment is undertaken.

Full payment for your visit is due when your pet is discharged. Cash, debit cards, Visa®, MasterCard®, America Express®, Discover®, and CareCredit® are all acceptable methods of payment. Personal checks are not accepted.