Fresno Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center provides emergency and critical care services 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our highly trained veterinarians and capable technical staff are available for transfers and referrals from you primary care veterinarian, as well as walk-ins.
For the safety of all hospital patients, all dogs and cats must be leashed, crated or carried at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at all times.
All patients are triaged when you arrive at our facility, similar to that of a human emergency room. Patients who are stable may need to wait to be seen while critical patients are stabilized.
What is an emergency?
We believe that you know your pet best. If at anytime you are concerned about your pets’ health or they are acting out of the ordinary, this is considered a reason to seek medical attention. As a general rule, the ailments below need to be seen by a veterinarian immediately:
- Bloated Abdomen
- Difficulty with labor
- Hit by Car
- Gun shot
- Bite wounds from another animal
- Ingestion of a toxin
- Ingestion of a non-prescribed human medication
- Ingestion of a larger than advised dose of a prescribed medication for your pet
- Seizure activity
- Over heating
- Excessive panting
- Excessive urination
- Excessive drinking
- Inability to bear weight on a limb
- Not walking
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Swollen face or hives
This is by no means a complete list. If you believe your pet has been poisoned, please contact your regular veterinarian immediately or us after-hours. Remember to bring the packaging of the toxic substance your pet got into. Veterinarians need this packaging to know how to appropriately treat your pet. It’s also advised to contact ASPCA Poison Control.
Because an emergency with your pet is unpredictable, FVSEC does not schedule appointments for emergencies. You are welcome to walk-in with your pet at any time, day or night, or you can contact us at 559.451.0800 to inform us of your emergency.
Once you arrive at our facility, you will be checked in by our reception staff. A technical staff member will take initial vitals on your pet and get a brief history prior to one of our emergency clinicians examining your pet.
The cost of an examination is $94. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, ScratchPay, SunBit Financial or CareCredit. We do not extend lines of credit. All payment is due at time of services.
Proposed Treatment Plan
All clients are presented with proposed treatment plans for medical care for their pet. After examination by our doctor, a treatment plan will be generated based on the medical needs of the pet. A pre-payment of the high end of the treatment plan is required for treatment.
Our Emergency Team
George White, DVM, DACVECC
After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1973, Dr. White served in the Air Force as a staff veterinarian, before opening his own primary care practice in 1976. While running his primary care practice, Dr. White served as a US Army Reserve Veterinarian until his Texas practice sold in 1994. Dr. White achieved Board Certification in Emergency and Critical Care that year. Dr. White has been involved training residents in various multi-specialty referral practices, and is published in multiple emergency and critical care journals. After finishing his resident programs in 2007, Dr. White continued to practice emergency and critical care medicine in Seattle, Washington, and now full time in Fresno, California at FVSEC. He currently resides in Heron, Montana, and enjoys playing banjo and fiddle in his spare time.
Ingrid Judge, DVM
Dr. Judge graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Dr. Judge remained at UC Davis until 2000, completing research towards a PhD Degree in Comparative Pathology with an emphasis on mucosal immunology and bacterial translocation. Remaining clinically oriented, Dr. Judge practiced emergency medicine in San Francisco while completing her research at UC Davis. Following this time in academia, Dr. Judge continued to practice emergency medicine in West Los Angeles. Dr. Judge began working in general practice in 2003 as she moved with her husband to the central valley to start a family. Dr. Judge returned to emergency medicine in 2010 as a doctor at FVSEC. Dr. Judge lives on a working cattle ranch with her husband and two daughters.
Katherine Burt, DVM, resident Emergency and Critical Care
Fresno native and former Fresno Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center Veterinary Assistant, Dr. Katherine Burt is a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine alumni, graduating in 2013. Dr. Burt recently completed a year long internship at a 24-Hour Emergency and Specialty Center in San Diego, California. Veterinary medicine has taken her from her home town of Fresno to distant continents, including Africa. She is pleased to be returning home to work as an emergency veterinarian at the hospital of her former team and FVSEC family. She has two cats and a Chihuahua, and can’t imagine a better profession to be a part of. Dr. Burt is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Kevin Lazarcheff, DVM
Kevin Lazarcheff, DVM, a native of Reno, attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Science. Following his graduation from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, Dr. Lazarcheff opened a small animal practice in Reno, NV. Dr. Lazarcheff has practiced both small and large animal medicine over the years, practicing in Nevada, California, and Washington. Dr. Lazarcheff has worked at numerous local emergency veterinary clinics in the area over the past 10 years. While at home, Dr. Lazarcheff maintains a small mobile practice, serving the Oakhurst and other local mountain communities. Currently, Dr. Lazarcheff is the District V Governor of the California Veterinary Medical Association and is the chair of the Political Action Committee. Dr. Lazarcheff enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and his fur family of one dog and two cats.
Current Emergency and Critical Care Residents
Ron Schueler, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Ayman Wassef, DVM
Katherine Burt, DVM