Veterinary Specialties at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center

Specialty Services by Referral from Your Vet

For yearly exams, vaccinations and common health issues, your regular vet is usually the best option for caring for your pet. When more unusual issues arise, the Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Neurology and Dermatology specialists at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center have the experience and equipment to provide advanced care and emergency vet services.


When a family pet is suffering from neurological issues, it can be very difficult for both you and your animal. The board-certified neurological specialists at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center are experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and the neuro-muscular system of dogs and cats.

If your family vet suspects a neurological issue is causing unusual behavior or mobility issues, ask for a referral to speak to one of our specialists. Our center is equipped with modern and powerful diagnostic equipment, including one of the most powerful veterinary MRI machines on the Gulf Coast. From initial diagnosis through treatment and any needed surgery, our team will explain your options and work with you to identify the best course of action for you and your family.


The dermatology specialists at the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center can identify the causes of issues affecting your pet’s skin. Whether your animal is suffering from allergies, reactions to flea or tick bites, bacterial or viral infections, skin cancers or parasites, our dermatology team can help bring your pet relief.

If your pet is scratching, chewing, losing hair or showing other signs of skin damage, ask your vet for a referral to speak with our board-certified dermatology specialists. We’ll work closely with you and your pet to diagnose the problem and develop a plan of care to help treat the underlying issues.

Veterinary Emergency Referral Center Specialties performing Surgery on a pet


Our Surgery department is led by Dr. Beatrix Nanai, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The Veterinary Emergency Referral Center is equipped to evaluate, treat, and manage a full spectrum of orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue surgical diseases in cats and dogs. All patients visiting the surgery service will receive a one-on-one consultation from Dr. Nanai and a diagnostic and treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of each patient. This ensures that each patient receives the best treatment available. Diagnostics including x-rays, computed tomography (CT), myelogram, spinal fluid collection and analysis or MRI may be indicated.

Post-operative management of surgical patients plays an important role in the outcome and well-being of the patient. The Veterinary Emergency Referral Center practices the highest quality in pain management. Appropriate pain control is important to speed recovery and ensure that each patient is as comfortable as possible in the post-operative period. Our hospital is fully staffed with doctors and nurses to care for your pet 24 hours a day, every day! This ensures the best possible uninterrupted pain management and medical care.

Critical Care

Our Critical Care department is lead by Dr. David Bordelon, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. The critical care department is available for diagnosing and managing patients with acute or chronic disease processes. Examples include diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, anemia, respiratory distress and many other life threatening animal emergencies. Ultrasounds, echocardiograms, ECG, flexible and rigid endoscopy, CT and MRI are some of the advanced diagnostics we offer.