Mid-Rivers provides 24-hour emergency care and wellcare, but there is an intermediate level of service – urgent care. Recognizing the difference between emergency care and routine care is reasonably intuitive, but the distinction between emergency care and urgent care can be muddy.
DEFINING EMERGENCY CARE
HOSPITAL OR EMERGENCY FARM CALL?
Some days a horse may receive the most prompt care when an owner can make a drive to bring the patient to the clinic. These days, one of several behind-the-scenes scenarios is probably transpiring. The emergency veterinarian is already seeing an emergency patient at the hospital, managing an emergency at a stable, managing an emergency elsewhere, another doctor could see the patient at the clinic, or the health condition requires medical treatment capabilities only offered at the hospital.