Emergency & Specialty Services

Emergency Services

A dog is examined in emergency careThe emergency service of AERC is open to receive referral transfer cases and walk-in emergencies after hours and on weekends 365 days a year. Daytime emergency by referral is also available. 

Our veterinarians and staff work in consultation with faculty of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to provide the highest quality emergency care for our patients. We are committed to providing superior customer service to meet the needs of owners and referring veterinarians.

Symptoms/situations indicating the need for emergency care:

  • Hit by car
  • Physical trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Open-mouth breathing
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Ingestion/suspected ingestion of toxic substance/medicine
  • Unconsciousness
  • Foaming at mouth
  • Blue/purple or pale gums
  • Straining to urinate
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty giving birth
  • Unable to stand/walk or any type of paralysis
  • Suspected heat stroke

REFERRAL SPECIALTY CARE

A veterinary technician holds a puppyThe AERC provides a variety of specialty services as outlined below. If your primary care veterinarian refers your pet to the AERC to see a specialist, we will need your pet’s medical records from him or her, including history, lab work, diagnostic images, etc., so that our specialist(s) can review your pet’s file prior to your arrival. Your veterinarian may fax medical records or email radiographs.

In addition, you will likely be contacted regarding preparing for your appointment, including receiving a registration packet. We will always provide you with a cost estimate based on our team’s recommendations. While your pet is in our care, we will communicate with you frequently, both before, during and after any procedures.

Please call, or have your veterinarian call, to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists in the areas listed below. It is our pleasure to serve you and your pet and to work with your veterinarian. Contact us at any time if you have questions! 

Internal Medicine

A veterinarian examines a dog with its ownerOur internal medicine team diagnoses, treats, and manages complex medical problems, including:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Liver inflammation
  • Kidney or bladder disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Complicated diabetes, thyroid disorders & adrenal tumors
  • Coughing & other breathing problems
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Chronic diarrhea or vomiting

Diagnostic Imaging

A cat gets an MRITo assist in the diagnosis of disease or injury, we have a variety of non-invasive ways of making medical images of our patients:

  • Radiographic interpretation
  • Contrast radiography
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Echocardiography

Ophthalmology

A veterinarian examines a dog's eyesThe ophthalmology service specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of
pet eye diseases, providing advanced diagnostics, as well as both routine and complex surgical care to all patients with a variety of ocular disorders:

  • Companion Animal Eye Registry Exams
  • Cataract surgery
  • Lid reconstruction
  • lntraocular surgery
  • Corneal surgery
  • Preventive procedures/ocular care
  • Third eyelid gland replacements
  • Prosthetic globe implants

Dermatology

A veterinarian, student, and technician examine a cat's earsSkin diseases can be a manifestation of a host of serious internal diseases in addition to compromising a pet’s quality of life. Our dermatology service specializes in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of many diseases of the ears, hair and nails:

  • Allergy testing 
  • Allergen-specific immunotherapy
  • Infectious skin disease
  • Immune-mediated skin disease
  • Hair & skin abnormalities
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Parasite infestations
  • Diseases of feet/footpads/nails

Dentistry

A veterinary student brushes a dog's teethOur team addresses only complex dental issues, including;

  • Digital dental radiographs
  • Surgical extractions
  • Intra-oral fracture repair
  • Orthodontics/bite correction
  • Oronasal fistula repair
  • Endodontic procedures
  • Periodontal surgery

Small Animal Surgery

A technician takes notes during surgeryWe provide surgical expertise for complex emergency and elective procedures, including orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgery. Surgical services include:

  • Hip surgery 
  • Fracture repair
  • Knee surgery 
  • Spinal surgery
  • Elbow surgery

Contact Information

Animal Emergency & Referral Center
Kathy Brown, Clinic Manager
klb1179@msstate.edu
1009 Treetops Boulevard
Flowood, MS 39232

Phone: 601.939.8999
Fax: 601.709.0078
aerc@cvm.msstate.edu