The Charleston Veterinary
Referral Center is a 24-hour emergency and critical care center and referral
specialty hospital located in Charleston, South Carolina.
In June, CVRC was awarded a Level I certification by
the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, one of only six in the
United States and the only center in the Southeast to attain this distinction.
As the premier emergency and advanced care veterinary
center in the region, CVRC works closely with referring veterinarians to provide
the highest standards of medicine and service, giving pets the best chance
to live longer, healthier lives. Further, our emergency clinicians work hand-in-hand
with our specialists, ensuring that pets receive multidisciplinary expertise
in diagnosis and treatment.
CRVC recently expanded its Animal
Rehabilitation & Fitness
department to offer innovations in specialized
animal care. Dogs and cats that have sustained injuries, undergone orthopedic
surgeries, and those that are overweight can all regain mobility, agility and
fitness more quickly and safely in the Center‚Äôs newly designed facility.
Led by Jennifer Au, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, who is board-certified
in surgery and rehabilitation, and rehabilitation therapist Artise Stewart,
DVM, CCRP, the department staff just opened a rehab and exercise room complete
with underwater and land treadmills, laser therapy, electro-stimulation, therapeutic
ultrasound, hurdles, balance balls and boards, and a cushioned floor surface
that protects healing muscles, tendons and joints from the jolts of exercise.
The room is long enough for dogs to gallop in, and even has see-through windows
so owners can watch their pets‚Äô progress.
CVRC also recently began
treating malignant tumors in dogs and cats with a sophisticated new modality,
electrochemotherapy (ECT). Electrochemotherapy
delivers trains of electrical pulses to cancer cells shortly after injection
of chemotherapeutic drugs. The pulses open pores in the tumor cell membranes
making them more permeable and enabling better penetration of anti-cancer drug
molecules to increase tumor cell kill. Animal patients undergo very light,
short anesthesia before the 5-10 minute procedure and typically require just
two or three treatments, compared to radiation, which can involve more than
30 sessions. CVRC is the only veterinary hospital in the Southeast
to offer this treatment.
CVRC possesses the most sophisticated
imaging, monitoring and laboratory instrumentation available. It is the only
veterinary facility in South Carolina with a high field MRI on site. In addition,
it has CT, digital radiology, and a complete in-house laboratory and pharmacy.
These technologies allow physicians to obtain crucial information and medication
rapidly, speeding their ability to diagnose and treat medical and surgical
conditions and thus improving outcomes.
CVRC was founded in 2010 by Alan E.
who serves as chief of staff. The Center, which treats predominantly dogs and
cats, now has 17 veterinarian staff members with expertise in cardiology, dentistry,
emergency and critical care, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology,
oncology, physical therapy, surgery, radiology and physical rehabilitation
David B. Sachs, DVM, serves as medical director, and
Kristin Welch, DVM, DACVECC, is chief of critical care.
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC)
3484 Shelby Ray Court
Phone: (843) 614-8387
Dr. Artise Stewart works
with a rehab patient.
Dr. Artise Stewart treats
a feline patient.
Tracy Pejsa, LVT, CCRP, CCMT, helps a
Newfoundland in the underwater treadmill.
Staff members provide rehabilitation
services in the expanded Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness department.
Electrochemotherapy at CVRC.
The exterior of the hospital.